Meaghan Clayton defends employers in both state and federal court litigation. She also advises clients on employment best practices by reviewing and drafting agreements and policies.

Meaghan is particularly interested in helping employers navigate the rapidly developing areas relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion with the increasing popularity and localization of anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and pay equity statutes.

Employment Litigation

Meaghan represents employers against claims under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Equal Pay Act 
  • Local anti-discrimination, harassment, and anti-retaliation statutes and ordinances in states such as Minnesota, New Jersey, and California

Employment Counseling

Meaghan prepares and reviews employment agreements, including offer letters and employment contracts, separation agreements, employee handbooks, non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements.

Previous Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Meaghan served as senior law clerk to the Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Hon. Sharon Johnson Coleman, 2010-2018
Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Hon. Sharon Johnson Coleman, 2008-2010
Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division, Hon. Deborah Mary Dooling, 2006-2008


The John Marshall Law School
J.D. cum laude, The John Marshall Law Review (2006)

Northern Illinois University
M.A. in History (2003)

Queen's University
B.A. in History, Honours (2000)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association – Minnesota Chapter Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers – Equity Committee, Pay Equity Subcommittee
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Strawdog Theatre Company — Board of Directors, President 2017-18; Secretary 2014-17
  • OnBoard: Arts & Business Council of Chicago
  • The Morrissey Scholars — Former advisor


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019
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