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Megan Coker

Megan Coker Senior Associate, Litigation

Megan’s principle areas of practice are complex commercial and appellate litigation. Megan represents clients in a variety of complex disputes in state and federal courts, including media litigation, banking and securities litigation, contract disputes, business torts, malpractice, and litigation related to restructuring. Megan has successfully advocated for clients during hearings, depositions, and other discovery proceedings. She has also negotiated favorable settlements and managed teams of her fellow associates on complex civil cases. Megan enjoys representing clients on pro bono matters, including media organizations as amici curiae before the Supreme Court of the United States and, in federal district court, a client seeking the return of her child under the Hague Convention. Megan also led a team that represented a mother and her son before immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Fifth Circuit, ultimately resulting in a grant of asylum for her clients.

Before joining the firm in 2016, Megan clerked for Judge Norman K. Moon of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia and Judge Catharina Haynes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  

Experience Highlights

  • (Tex.); (Tex. App.—Dallas); (Tex. Dist. – Dallas Cty.) – Representing publisher of leading national newspaper in a case involving application of the Texas Citizens Participation Act to third-party requests to depose publisher and its reporter related to topics at issue in a separate defamation case brought by a prominent hedge fund (pending) 
  • (U.S.) – Drafted and filed amicus brief, on behalf of broadcaster organizations and defendants, arguing Texas courts erred in exercising personal jurisdiction over Mexican broadcasters and individuals in a defamation suit brought by a Mexican celebrity residing in Texas; drafted and filed separate amicus brief in a parallel case before the U.S. Supreme Court raising similar issues of personal jurisdiction
  • (5th Cir.); (S.D. Tex.); (Tex. Dist. – Harris Cty.) – Obtained favorable settlement of federal securities fraud putative class action against a retailer and its officers after litigation in federal trial and appellate courts; representing the retailer and its officers in subsequent lawsuits in state and federal court involving the issue of demand futility based on allegations nearly identical to those in the putative class action (pending) 
  • (9th Cir.); (N.D. Cal.); (Cal. Dist.) – Assisted with representation of large energy corporation against state law tort claims, including during removal to federal court and appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • (Tex. Dist. – Collin Cty.) – Obtained summary judgment on claims of fraud asserted against an independent oil and gas producer related to the purchase of producing properties, and subsequently obtained summary judgment on counterclaims securing attorneys’ fees and costs
  • (E.D. Tex.) – Obtained dismissal following favorable settlement of lawsuit alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty relating to commercial real estate loans, asserted against board chairman of Texas-based bank
  • (Tex. Dist. – Tarrant Cty.) – Representing law firm and individual attorney in defending against state law tort claims related to alleged conflicts of interest and former representation of compounding pharmaceutical and laboratory entities (pending) 
  • (Bankr. W.D. Tex.) Represented entity in its acquisition of patents and other intellectual property from technology debtor entity and assisted with other restructuring-related issues 
  • Represented oil and gas company in contract and business tort dispute relating to sale of upstream and midstream assets
  • (2d Cir.) (S.D.N.Y.) — Representing an investment bank in a fraudulent transfer action and appeal brought by the trustee for Chapter 7 estate of a real estate developer; obtained summary judgment, resulting in dismissal of fraudulent transfer claims (pending before Second Circuit)
  • (S.D.N.Y) — Assisted in obtaining dismissal of breach-of-contract claims brought by warrant-holders in connection with a merger 
  • (Tex. Dist. – Dallas Cty.) (Bankr. N.D. Tex.) Obtained judgment against lessor in favor of real-estate-entity client for breach of contract and assisted in attempting to collect the judgment; obtained dismissal of related preferential transfer litigation after negotiating favorable settlements


Contact Details

Dallas

T +1.214.220.7830
F +1.214.999.7830
megancoker@velaw.com
Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75201
Local time: 5:29 PM
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Megan's Practices

  • University of Virginia, J.D., 2013 (Managing Board, Virginia Law Review; Order of the Coif)
  • University of Texas at Dallas, B.A., History, summa cum laude, 2010
  • Admitted to Practice: U.S. Supreme Court; Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • Spanish: Limited Working Proficiency
  • Judicial clerk to Judge Norman K. Moon, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 2013-2014
  • Judicial clerk to Judge Catharina Haynes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2014-2016
  • Young Lawyers Division Liaison to the ABA Forum on Communications Law, a network of lawyers in the print, broadcast, online and mobile media, and telecommunications industries.
  • Former President and current Grants Chair of the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program Alumni Association (EMSPAA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to contributing to the development of educational and artistic endeavors at the University of Texas at Dallas and in the greater Dallas community. As President, Megan led the Board in managing the EMSPAA’s $1 million endowment, which was built by a donation Megan helped to secure. In its seven-year history, the EMSPAA has given back over $115,000 to UT Dallas and organizations associated with the University.
  • Member: Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Dallas Bar Foundation Fellows