Megan E. Jones
Megan Jones (@MeganJonesEsq) is a California Bay Area-based lawyer who focuses on recovering damages for companies who are victims of antitrust cartels for price-fixing, tying, restraints of trade, and other competition violations. With 19 years of experience in antitrust class actions, Megan has an "extraordinary depth of expertise in cartel-related matters." Companies that buy things to make things have typically bought cartelized products, and Megan helps them recover damages for such purchases. Able to analyze a corporation’s purchases around the world, Megan can then offer a panoply of options for recovery in multiple jurisdictions. She emphasizes the non-litigation options a corporation has when appropriate, and she is as adept at settling a case in a conference room as she is in a courtroom. The Legal 500 has selected Megan as one of the Top Leading Lawyers in the U.S. in plaintiffs’ representation for antitrust every year since 2012, and she has twice been listed on Global Competition Review’s Women in Antitrust.
Trusted by courts to lead large and complex antitrust cases, Megan has been called a "trailblazer," who brings efficiency, creativity, attention to detail, and a relentless trial-focused instinct to her cases. She is currently leading In re Blue Cross Antitrust Litigation (Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee), In re Local TV Advertising Antitrust Litigation (Lead Counsel), and In re Diisocyanates Antitrust Litigation (Co-Lead counsel). Megan prides herself on the ability to create and lead teams of lawyers of any size (having organized teams of 80 law firms, in one particular case) to create a record that either wins the case, drives settlement, and /or obtains a decision upheld at the appellate level. Part of her success is due to Ms. Jones’ belief in using diverse and inclusive litigation teams, which she has helped foster over a decade by creating and running a conference for women antitrust lawyers to exchange best practices. She has been profiled as a Female Powerbroker in her field, as well as chosen to be an Equity Champion to help provide an economic incentive to close the gender gap in law. Ms. Jones, described as “personable, very smart and really capable” by Chambers and Partners, is adept at representing both classes of businesses that were harmed as well as individual businesses.
Megan’s competition litigation efforts get results: In re Municipal Derivatives Antitrust Litigation (over $200 million for the class); In re Polyester Staple Antitrust Litigation (W.D.N.C.) ($63.5 million on behalf of class); In re Compact Disc Antitrust Litigation (C.D. Cal.) (over $50 million on behalf of class); In re Rubber Chemicals Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (over $100 million on behalf of class); In re MMA Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.) (over $20 million on behalf of class); In re EPDM Antitrust Litigation (D. Conn.) ($81 million on behalf of class). Megan was also involved in the negotiation of a $300 million global settlement with Bayer (which resolved three cases: EPDM, Rubber Chemicals and NBR), and drafted the innovative settlement agreement itself.
Called one of the “nation’s best lawyers in an MDL” and a “professional problem solver,” Megan is both reasonable and relentless. She carefully chooses her legal battles, and eschews gamesmanship for the sake of gamesmanship. Mindful of scarce judicial resources in complex antitrust cases that can last years, she develops a strategy at the outset about what particular legal issues need judicial attention and clears the board of the rest. She is highly respected from all contingents because she brings that same strategy to settlements, using her almost two decades’ of negotiation experience from being at Hausfeld LLP to craft settlement strategy and terms in even the most difficult cases. Just one example of this creativity is that in one of her cases, Megan worked with and joined Select State Attorneys General to co-negotiate and jointly settle a class claim on behalf of certain states as well as the civil litigation class.
Megan is also a member of The Sedona Conference®, which is composed of leading jurists, lawyers, experts, academics and others, at the cutting edge of issues in electronic discovery. She is co-author of two Sedona publications: "The Sedona Conference Glossary: E-Discovery and Digital Information Management" (2nd edition), December 2007, and co-author of "Navigating the Vendor Proposal Process: Best Practices for the Selection of Electronic Discovery Vendors," published by The Sedona Conference®. She also testified before the Federal Rules Committee in 2014 on the impact of the changes of the rules on electronic discovery. In 2014, she also chosen to speak at the American Bar Association's 8th National E-Discovery Institute, where nationally-acclaimed e-discovery professionals convened for a full day to analyze and discuss the latest developments and best strategies for managing the e-discovery process.
 Transcript of August 30, 2018 Hearing at 23, In re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litig., No. 2:13-cv-20000 (N.D. Ala.).
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, J.D., 1999
North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, magna cum laude, B.A., 1995
District of Columbia
Affiliations & Memberships
Named a 'Leading Lawyer' for Civil Litigation/Class Action: Plaintiff by The Legal 500, 2012-2019
Ranked Band 2 for Antitrust: Mainly Plaintiff - California by Chambers and Partners, 2019
Named to The Lawdragon 500 List of Leading Lawyers in America, 2019
Named to W@Competition’s 40 in Their 40s list of notable women competition professionals, 2019
Named one of the Top Leading Lawyers in the U.S. in plaintiffs’ representation for antitrust by the Legal 500, 2012-2017
Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice (In re Air Cargo Antitrust Litigation), American Antitrust Institute, 2016
Named a Super Lawyer in Antitrust, 2012-2019
Named to "The International Who's Who of Competition Lawyers & Economists 2014," by Global Competition Review and Who's Who Legal.
Named one of the 100 successful Women in Antitrust globally by the Global Competition Review, 2013
Named a Rising Star in Competition Law by Law360, 2012
Founder of Women Antitrust Plaintiffs’ Attorney network group, 2008
Member, The Sedona Conference®
Vice Chair, ABA Antitrust Section's Global Private LItigation Committee
Vice Chair, ABA Antitrust Section's Communications and Digital Technology Industries Committee
Vice Chair, ABA Antitrust Section's Media and Technology Committee
News & Press
"A Litigator's Approach to Pricing Algorithms Cases: What Will We Need to Know?" ABA Global Private Litigation Bulletin, Issue 13, March 2019.
"A panel of experts discuss e-discovery horror stories, vetting vendors and expectations for service providers in terms of competency and ethics", Law Technology News, May 19, 2014 (Quoted)
M. Jones joins Judge Francis and R. Trenchard (Wilmer Hale) in this podcast about the latest trends in cost-shifting in electronic discovery.
Co-author of Navigating the Vendor Proposal Process: Best Practices for the Selection of Electronic Discovery Vendors, published by The Sedona Conference®
Author of “Litigator 101,” an ABA series regarding best practices in drafting discovery
"Q&A: Megan Jones on corporations as plaintiffs", Global Competition Review, March 2014.
"All I Really Need to Know About Antitrust Settlements, I Learned in Kindergarten," ABA Criminal & Cartel Practice Committee Newsletter, March 2011.
"E-Discovery Today: The Fault Lies Not In Our Rules...", The Federal Courts Law Review (FCLR), Vol. 4, Issue 2, 2011.
“Giving Electronic Discovery a Chance to Grow Up,” The National Law Journal, December 15, 2009
“Observations from the Field: ACPERA’s First Five Years,” The Sedona Conference Journal, Fall 2009
CLE Speaker, “E-Discovery in Antitrust Lawsuits and FTC/DOJ Investigations: Managing and Producing Electronic Information Under the Amended Federal Rules,” March 2009
Antitrust Law Developments, 7th Edition, co-author of chapter on Non-Price Vertical Restraint, published by the American Bar Association, 2008
Co-author of The Sedona Conference Glossary: E-Discovery and Digital Information Management (2nd edition), December 2007
Presentations & Speeches
Speaker, “Successfully Navigating Hazardous Waters: The Second Annual Conference on Transatlantic Deals and Disputes,” American Bar Association and German Bar Association, Munich, June 2011
Speaker, Class Action Symposium, Georgetown Law Center, April 11, 2011
Speaker, “The Life of an International Cartel: A Six-Part Practical Series, Part III: Follow-On Civil Price Fixing,” American Bar Association teleconference, February 4, 2011
Speaker, American Bar Association’s Antitrust Masters Course V, September 30, 2010