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Meghan N. Knight has been practicing in the Civil Defense Litigation Practice Group in the Raleigh office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog since graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2006. Meghan concentrates her practice in the Employment Law, Professional Malpractice, and General Liability Practice Groups. She also handles education law matters. Prior to attending law school, Meghan was an elementary school teacher for Durham Public Schools.
Meghan represents employers in both state and federal court, as well as in matters before administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the North Carolina Department of Labor, and the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. She has substantial experience defending real estate appraisers. Her general liability practice includes various types of personal injury defense, from accidents on public school property to motor vehicle accidents. Meghan has obtained favorable results for clients through negotiated settlements and in mediations.
Meghan is committed to providing pro bono service to members of the community who cannot afford legal representation. She has also written and presented extensively on employment and education law. Meghan serves on Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog’s Diversity and Retirement Committees.
Meghan has successfully appealed awards of unemployment benefits in administrative hearings before the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, obtained “no cause” findings from the EEOC for charges alleging various types of discrimination, and obtained dismissals of lawsuits on the basis of governmental immunity.
Cases or matters referenced do not represent the lawyer’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.
Articles, Presentations, and Publications
- “Thinking about a Furlough? Some Considerations for Public Employers,” NCBA’s Government & Public Sector Section newsletter, The Public Servant, November 2009.
- Presentation on Student Rights & Discipline, Lex-IS Services, March 2009
- Wake Forest University School of Law’s “Twenty-Eighty Annual Review, North Carolina, 2008″: manuscript and oral presentation on recent noteworthy employment law cases.
- “Can an Employer Deny Workers’ Compensation Benefits if an Employee Lied on His Job Application?” April 2008.
- “United States Supreme Court Busy with School Law Cases,” Litigation Forum Newsletter, Nov. 2007.
- “Congressman Proposes Amendments to FERPA in Response to Virginia Tech Tragedy,” Litigation Forum Newsletter, May 2007.
- “Religion in the Schools,” Co-Author, Litigation Forum Newsletter, January 2007.
- Presentation on Fair Labor Standards Act, Principals’ Executive Program’s School Law Academy, Spring 2007.
- Comment, “Cyber Charter Schools: An Analysis of North Carolina’s Current Charter School Legislation,” N.C. Journal of Law & Technology, Volume 6, Issue 2, Spring 2005.
- “Student Testing under North Carolina Law,” in Education Law in North Carolina Ch B.13 (Janine Murphy ed., Principals’ Executive Program, July 2005).
Professional, Civic and Community Activities
- North Carolina Bar Association, Minorities in the Profession Committee: 2010 – 2012
- Wake County Bar Association, Lawyers Support Committee: 2010 – 2012, Co-Chair: 2012, Chair – YLD Education Subcommittee: 2007
- North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Member
- Defense Research Institute: Employment Law Committee, Young Lawyers Committee, YLC Legislative Liaison Subcommittee: 2010, Diversity Subcommittee, Women’s Mentoring Subcommittee
- North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Member
- National Public Radio, Supporter
- Gail Perkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk, Participant: 2009, 2010
- Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Participant: 2007, 2008
- Team in Training for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Participant: 2012
- Selected by North Carolina Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star: 2012 – 2013
- North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology, Notes Editor
- Law Clerk – Principals’ Executive Program
- North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholar
- Received “Pro Bono Certificate of Appreciation” from NC Bar Association & UNC School of Law Pro Bono Program for performing more than 75 hours of pro bono work