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Megan L. Brown
Practice Areas
Education
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • A.B., cum laude, The College of William & Mary
Law Journals
  • Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
Clerkships
Law Clerk for the Honorable E. Grady Jolly, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2002-2003)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland Bar
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, Federal and District of Columbia Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Megan L. Brown

PARTNER

202.719.7579  |  mbrown@wileyrein.com


Ms. Brown has significant litigation, appellate, and regulatory experience before state and federal courts and agencies.

She represents corporations and industries in complex litigation and regulatory proceedings and develops compliance strategies under a variety of statutes, including the federal Communications Act, as well as the U.S. Constitution.  Ms. Brown has developed expertise helping businesses respond to emerging regulation and legislation through defensive and offensive litigation and regulatory strategy.

Ms. Brown also serves as the chair of Wiley Rein’s Recruiting Committee.


REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Litigates from the trial level through the Supreme Court of the United States, including preliminary relief, fact and expert discovery, motions for summary judgment, and appellate briefing.
    • Brings challenges to state and local action, including a successful First Amendment suit against the City of San Francisco’s cell phone “right-to-know” ordinance mandating warnings about cell phones, and numerous challenges to local zoning laws and decisions. 
    • Secured numerous victories in cases of first impression, including field preemption of local laws regulating wireless technologies, express preemption of the first state consumer protection measure targeted at cell phone contracts, and conflict preemption of personal injury claims. 
    • Defends companies in consumer class actions and other lawsuits.
  • Represents clients in regulatory proceedings, from rulemakings and enforcement actions to merger review, before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).  Recent experience involves anticipating, analyzing, and formulating legal and policy positions in cybersecurity, national security, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, or more commonly, “drones”), and various national communications policy issues.
    • Particular expertise in emerging cybersecurity policy under President Obama’s Executive Order 13636, representing clients in multiple agency proceedings.
  • Assists clients in appellate review of agency decisions and lower court actions in the federal Courts of Appeals and in the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Develops strategies to address complex compliance and security issues, including emerging obligations in the area of cybersecurity.
    • Specific experience in national security obligations, including Team Telecom review of transactions and operations, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and the Wiretap Act, as well as international compliance challenges.
  • Maintains a pro bono practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and the Courts of Appeals on issues including national security, federal jurisdiction, climate change, and the core First Amendment rights of individuals, associations, and businesses.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Counsel to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice (2007-2008).
  • Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Solicitor General (2002). 
  • Legal Intern, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Greenbelt Division (2000).
  • Provides commentary on a wide range of legal issues to radio and print media, including Bloomberg Legal, the National Law Journal, and CNN and Fox News radio affiliates.

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association (ABA).
  • Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA).
  • The Federalist Society, Executive Committee, Federalism and Separation of Powers Practice Group (2004-2007).
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA).
  • Board Member, Women’s High Tech Coalition (WHTC).

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Recognized by Law360 as a "Rising Star" in Technology Law (2014).
  • Named by The Legal 500 US as a "recommended lawyer" in Telecom and Broadcast Regulatory Law (2012-2013).
  • Named one of DC's "Super Lawyers" (2014) and "Rising Stars" (2013) for Appellate by Super Lawyers magazine.

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