Megan McDermott


McDermott, Megan

Room 9106, Law School


Megan McDermott has been teaching doctrinal courses at University of Wisconsin School of Law since 2013. Past and current classes include Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibilities, Torts, and Bankruptcy. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College, where she majored in Classics. After working as a consultant to investment banks and an aide to Massachusetts Governor William Weld, Megan received her law degree from the University of California-Berkeley, Order of the Coif.

Megan’s legal experience includes private practice at Covington & Burling, service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and administrative practice with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Megan has also served as a Law Clerk to Wisconsin’s former Chief Justice, Shirley Abrahamson, Staff Attorney at the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and Hearing Examiner for Milwaukee County.

Megan writes and publishes in the fields of professional ethics, litigation practice and process, and bankruptcy, and her work has appeared in the Northwestern Law Review, the Utah Law Review, the Chicago-Kent Law Review, the University of South Carolina Law Review, the California Law Review Online, and the Wisconsin Women’s Law Journal.

Megan was the 2016 recipient of the Warren Burger Prize from the American Inns of Court, a writing competition designed to promote scholarship in the areas of professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence. Megan also received the 2015 Gordon S. Sinykin Award of Excellence from the Wisconsin State Bar, for her public education work with the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Scholarship & Publications

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  • Megan McDermott presented "Digital Assets in Bankruptcy: Apparent Risks and Emerging Law" during an invited presentation for the International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group on May 12, 2022.

  • 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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