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Megan R. Braden represents clients in complex litigation matters, government and regulatory investigations, and securities enforcement proceedings. Handling all phases of litigation, Megan works with clients in a variety of industries and has experience defending pharmaceutical and hospital systems in False Claims Act (FCA) actions, representing product manufacturers in insurance coverage, breach of contract and product liability matters, defending financial and consumer services companies in class actions alleging violations of federal and state statutes, and representing financial services firms and individuals before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).
Active in pro bono work, Megan is a member of the Chicago office's Pro Bono Committee. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Megan participated in the firm’s Public Interest Fellowship Program clerking in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.
Defended a high frequency trading firm and its senior executives accused by the CBOE of various trade surveillance, anti-money laundering and margin rule violations. The firm’s chief compliance officer was cleared of all charges by the CBOE, and on appeal, the SEC overturned the CBOE’s adverse findings against the firm and two other officers.
Represented financial services company in a series of cases filed by county governments related to the recording of assignments of mortgages; obtained dismissals in multiple cases, which were affirmed on appeal.
Defended major financial institutions in class actions involving allegations related to purported violations of state statutes; obtained dismissals of allegations.
Represented a major Internet retailer in a class action alleging consumer fraud in connection with the sale of discount vouchers; obtained summary judgment.
Conducted internal investigation for multi-national corporation stemming from alleged violations of money laundering, structuring, and related financial reporting requirements.
Represented retail and specialty pharmacies in a range of state and federal regulatory matters, including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement matters and internal investigations.
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Seventh Circuit Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Illinois Bar Association
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Central District of Illinois
US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
DePaul University College of Law, 2009, J.D., Cum Laude