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Meryl Macklin is a trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience trying and resolving complex business disputes. Meryl has served as lead trial counsel for clients ranging from major corporations to small startups in dozens of high-exposure cases in state and federal courts around the country, and regularly practices in both Northern and Southern California.

Meryl co-leads the firm’s M&A Disputes group and her practice has in recent years focused on merger and acquisition-related disputes and trade secrets disputes. Meryl’s M&A dispute practice includes experience with indemnification claims, breaches of representations and warranties, pre-closing disputes, rep and warranty insurance disputes, and earnouts. Meryl often teams with corporate attorneys to resolve these disputes and to consult on relevant language in underlying agreements. Meryl’s trade secrets dispute practice has included cases on the plaintiff and defense side, in federal and state courts, and in arbitration.

Meryl’s trial experience has enabled her to develop targeted litigation strategies even when handling cases likely to settle, avoiding unnecessary and costly motion and discovery practice where possible. Her practice focuses not only on defending companies in litigation but also on counseling clients on ways to quickly resolve disputes. She is a strong team leader, with proven success partnering with clients and other professionals to accomplish results.

In addition to serving as co-lead of the firms M&A Disputes group, Meryl is also co-lead of the Firm’s Digital Solutions and Services Sector, a firmwide group focused on the technology industry.  She previously served as the Chair of the Litigation Department of legacy firm HRO and a member of legacy firm HRO’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Macklin was a partner at law firms in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.

Ms. Macklin is a member of the Northern District of California Mediation Panel and serves as mediator for all types of commercial disputes. She attended mediation training at the Harvard Negotiation Project. 

Some of Ms. Macklin's selected representations include:

  • Lead attorney representing Clearwave Communications and other defendants against shareholder in a 3 week jury trial. (Santa Clara County). 
  • Lead attorney representing Union Pacific in successful 6-week jury trial against Kinder Morgan and a two-week follow-on bench trial (Riverside County Superior Court).
  • Lead attorney representing Oracle Corporation in successful 10-week jury trial (San Francisco Superior Court).
  • Lead attorney representing Glendale Adventist Medical Center in dispute over medical office building; obtained summary judgment on all counts (Los Angeles Superior Court).
  • Lead attorney representing franchisor of auto repair services in successful trial against franchisee (Central District of California).
  • Obtained preliminary injunction and success at trial for German company in litigation against its former distributor in the United States for theft of trade secrets (Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California).


Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal “Top Women Litigators,” 2008
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Professional Affiliations

    • Northern District of California Mediation Panel, Member
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