Megan McDermott


McDermott, Megan

Room 9106, Law School


Megan McDermott is a Lecturer and Honorary Fellow in the Institute for Legal Studies, teaching classes in civil procedure, bankruptcy, and professional responsibility.  After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Classics, Megan worked as a consultant to investment banks and as an aide to Governor William Weld of Massachusetts.  She received her law degree, Order of the Coif, from the University of California-Berkeley, and then moved to Madison for a year to clerk for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Megan has over a decade of litigation experience, having handled hundreds of cases and appeals as an intellectual property litigator at Covington and Burling and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Denver and Madison.  Most recently, Megan served as Hearing Examiner for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, conducting evidentiary hearings and issuing decisions in state administrative appeals.  In addition, Megan founded the popular legal blog Decision of the Day, which she sold to in 2007.

Megan is an active volunteer on the Wisconsin State Bar's Public Education Committee, where she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Media Law Subcommittee with the mission of promoting thorough and accurate coverage of legal issues in Wisconsin.  She has also served as program chair for Our Courts Wisconsin, an innovative outreach program designed to increase public understanding of the state court system.  She recently completed her second three-year term as a member of the State Bar's Standing Committee on Professional Ethics. 

In 2016, Megan received the Gordon Sinykin Award of Excellence from the Wisconsin Law Foundation for her work with the Our Courts Wisconsin program.  She also received the 2016 Warren E. Burger Prize from the American Inns of Court for her article, Ethically Negotiating on Behalf of Low-Income Clients: The Distorting Effects of Model Rule 4.1, 68 S.C. L. Rev. 1(2016).

Scholarship & Publications

Law Repository


  • Megan McDermott's essay, "The Crypto Quandary: Is Bankruptcy Ready?," was posted to Northwestern University Law Review Online in July 2020. This essay will also be published in a forthcoming print edition of the law review.

  • Megan McDermott's essay, "The Crypto Quandary: Is Bankruptcy Ready?" is forthcoming in online and print editions of the Northwestern University Law Review. The essay explores the ways that digital assets such as Bitcoin are likely to complicate future consumer and business bankruptcies.

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