Megan Thibert-Ind represents clients in a wide variety of complex civil litigation, including class action defense, products liability, ancillary bankruptcy litigation, tax controversy, health care issues and tort litigation. She represents clients in litigation pending in federal and state courts throughout the country, in addition to administrative agencies, and before the American Arbitration Association and other alternative dispute resolution tribunals.
Megan dedicates a significant portion of her practice to pro bono legal work, which covers a range of experience, including a recent favorable appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the first of its kind in any circuit court of appeals, that stands to protect due process and make more comprehensive the judicial process for immigrant victims of crime seeking immigration protection. Megan has also advocated on behalf of victims of hate crimes, represented clients in employment discrimination and unlawful discharge matters, and obtained a successful judgment on behalf of an elderly man defrauded by his adult son.
Megan is the chair of the Firm’s Chicago Pro Bono and Community Service Committee, and a former recipient of the Firm’s Pro Bono and Community Service Award. Her commitment to firm citizenship also includes membership on the Gender Diversity Subcommittee and the Trial and White-Collar Training and Curriculum Committee, and as the trial partner-in-charge of mentoring in Chicago.
While in law school, Megan served as an articles editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and was a member of the University of Wisconsin Moot Court Board. She also worked on appeals for criminal defendants in the Remington Center Criminal Appeals Project. Megan held a judicial internship for the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb, Former Chief US District Court Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.
Affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on the issue of whether a debtor may discharge claims resulting from the debtor’s voluntary post-petition participation in a proceeding before the American Arbitration Association
Obtained complete dismissal of products liability and personal injury claims brought before French court against agricultural chemical company relating to plaintiff’s alleged exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War
Represents cell phone manufacturer in coordinated actions in DC Superior Court alleging that cell phones caused plaintiffs’ brain cancer
Serves as lead national counsel for major telecommunications company as part of a joint defense group defending against a series of false claims actions against VoIP providers
Secured a summary judgment award for nearly $25 million on behalf of an indenture trustee before the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois relating to the guaranty of sports revenue facility bonds issued for the construction and operation of a suburban ice hockey facility
Represented a major online travel company in numerous large and complex lawsuits throughout the country from inception through trial, with highlights including obtaining dismissal or summary judgment in numerous actions pending against her client for claims relating to whether the company owed certain hotel occupancy taxes based on its online reservation model
Obtained a settlement on behalf of an individual plaintiff on claims for fraud, fraudulent concealment and civil conspiracy linked to the unauthorized investment of her client’s money; also secured a judgment in Cook County (Illinois) Circuit Court totaling nearly $14 million against another of the co-conspirators
Defeated certification of a putative nationwide class and obtained summary judgment, which was later affirmed by the appellate court, in a case brought by consumers asserting consumer fraud and other causes of action related to an online merchant’s display of service fees
Do not send any information or documents that you want to have treated as secret or confidential. Providing information to McDermott via email links on this website or other introductory email communications will not create an attorney-client relationship; will not preclude McDermott from representing any other person or firm in any matter; and will not obligate McDermott to keep confidential the information you provide. McDermott cannot enter into an attorney-client relationship with you until McDermott has determined that doing so will not create a conflict of interest and until you and McDermott have entered into a written agreement or engagement letter that sets forth the terms of our relationship.