Meghan Cleary


Meghan Cleary is an Associate at Wilkinson Stekloff. She has represented corporate and individual clients in product liability, antitrust, defamation, and other complex civil litigation matters, as well as in internal investigations and arbitrations. Since joining the firm in 2018, Meghan has been a member of multiple trial teams, including for Hardeman v. Monsanto, the first federal-court trial over allegations that Roundup causes Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Meghan also maintains an active pro bono practice. She has prepared fact and expert witnesses for deposition and in-court testimony, and has briefed numerous matters in federal and state courts. Most recently, Meghan represented plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections and its private medical provider, and directed the testimony of an expert witness in federal court. Meghan also secured the compassionate release of her incarcerated client, who had been in custody for 29 years, since he was just 17 years old.

Before joining the firm, Meghan was a law clerk to the Honorable Katherine Polk Failla of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Meghan attended Harvard Law School, where she served as the Coordination & Outreach Chair for the Harvard Law Review and was a finalist in the 2015 Ames Moot Court Competition.

During law school, Meghan interned for the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. Before law school, Meghan worked as an Investigative Analyst in the Sex Crimes Unit and Human Trafficking Program of the New York County District Attorney’s Office.


  • Harvard College, A.B., cum laude (2011)
  • Law: Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude (2016)
    Coordination & Outreach Chair, Harvard Law Review
    Finalist, 2015 Ames Moot Court Competition


  • Judge Katherine Polk Failla, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2016–17)
  • Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2017–18)


  • Case Comment, 129 Harv. L. Rev. 301 (2015) (discussing Johnson v. United States, 134 S. Ct. 2551 (2015)).
  • Recent Policy Paper, 128 Harv. L. Rev. 793 (2014) (discussing 2014 Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes published by The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court).