Megan New is a trial lawyer in Kirkland's Chicago office, where she focuses on complex intellectual property litigation covering a range of technologies, products, and industries. Megan has litigated several Lanham Act cases, including trying trademark infringement and false advertising cases to favorable verdicts for her clients, obtaining temporary restraining orders, and successfully defending against preliminary injunctions. Megan also regularly and successfully litigates patent infringement cases in federal court and the International Trade Commission. Megan’s practice also includes counseling clients on all aspects of trademark and advertising law, including managing trademark portfolios and counseling advertisers with respect to advertising claim substantiation and adherence to FTC guidelines and regulations.
Megan’s pro bono practice focuses on protecting her clients’ constitutional rights. Megan is currently working with a team of Kirkland lawyers and the ACLU of Illinois on a class action involving the rights of transgender inmates. Early in her career, Megan handled a criminal appeal where, through a successful Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, she obtained a new sentence for her client. Due to her commitment to pro bono, Megan has repeatedly received the firm’s pro bono service award.
Presenter, “Fair Weather Friends: Nominative Fair Use and Comparative Advertising,” Copyright, Trademark, Internet and Advertising Symposium (January 2017).
Presenter, “To Sue or Not To Sue, That Is the Debate: NAD vs. Litigation,” Advertising Law Seminar (September 2016).
Presenter, “Limiting Liability for a Company’s Social Media Activities,” Advertising & Trademark Law Seminar, Chicago, IL (October 2014).
Presenter, “The Greenwashing of America,” Advertising & Trademark Law Seminar, Chicago, IL (July 2010).
Recognized in The Legal 500 U.S. — Advertising and Marketing: Litigation, 2017–2018
Memberships & Affiliations
Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC)
Admissions & Qualifications
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- Gonzaga University School of LawJ.D.cum laude2009
Associate Editor, Gonzaga Law Review
Vice President, Moot Court Honors Council
Winner, Linden Cup Intra-school Moot Court Competition
- Santa Clara UniversityB.S., Political Science2002American University, Washington Semester Program, 2000–2001