Laura A.Meaden


Pittsburgh + 1.412.394.7932

Laura Meaden has extensive experience throughout the country representing clients in state and federal courts in a wide variety of corporate and commercial litigation. Laura has successfully represented clients involving a broad range of substantive areas that includes breach of contract, officer and director liability, partnership and shareholder disputes, business torts, accountants' liability, False Claims Act, ERISA disputes, insurance coverage, and complex product liability lawsuits alleging toxic exposures and design defects.

Laura was an adjunct professor for more than 12 years at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she taught trial advocacy. She served as the vice president of the board of directors of FISA Foundation, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations supporting quality of life issues for adults and children with disabilities and health needs of women and girls. She is currently a member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Laura was a shareholder and director of a Pittsburgh-based law firm.


  • Pharmaceutical distributor seeks advice in relation to insurance disputeJones Day is advising a pharmaceutical distributor in an insurance dispute linked to claims relating to the alleged prescription drug epidemic in the United States.
  • Bottler defeats class certification in Lanham Act lawsuit alleging false labeling and disparagement by indirect competitorJones Day has obtained denial of class certification in a first-of-its-kind Lanham Act indirect competitor putative class action lawsuit brought against a bottler.
  • Eaton wins summary judgment on duty to defendJones Day represents Eaton Corporation affiliate Cooper Industries, LLC in a claim for insurance coverage for CERCLA liabilities of a predecessor entity arising from the Lower Passaic River Study Area in Essex County, New Jersey.
  • Wells Fargo obtains denial of class certification in RMBS trustee litigation alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in lossesJones Day represents Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., in a putative class action alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in classwide losses to investors on notes issued by two residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) trusts for which Wells Fargo serves as trustee.
  • FirstEnergy defends coal contract dispute with Tunnel RidgeJones Day defended FirstEnergy Corp. in a now-resolved and dismissed lawsuit brought by Tunnel Ridge, LLC in the Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania against FirstEnergy Corp. and three of its subsidiaries, alleging breach of a coal supply agreement, among other claims.
  • Eaton wins summary judgment in coverage disputeJones Day represented Eaton Corporation affiliate Cooper Industries, LLC in connection with its claim for insurance coverage for environmental liabilities arising from a former Studebaker Manufacturing Facility in South Bend, Indiana.
  • UPMC awarded over $188 million in arbitration with Highmark over rates for outpatient oncology servicesJones Day client University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ("UPMC") won over $188 million in arbitration against health insurer Highmark Inc.
  • Education Management Corporation defends federal and state False Claims Act allegationsJones Day is defending Education Management Company (EDMC) against a False Claims Act action brought by private relators and joined by the federal government, several states and the District of Columbia.
  • AHERF Creditors' Committee successfully appeals award of summary judgment in favor of auditor and limits availability of in pari delicto defense in audit-failure casesJones Day represents the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation ("AHERF"), formerly the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in Pennsylvania, in a suit against AHERF's auditor.
  • Yamaha successfully defends nationwide litigation of product liability cases and claims involving the Rhino side-by-side ("SxS") vehicleJones Day leads Yamaha's defense of Rhino cases and claims pending in the United States.
  • Sherwin-Williams prevails in landmark public nuisance suit over lead pigment before Rhode Island Supreme CourtThe Rhode Island Supreme Court overturned a jury verdict against Jones Day client, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and other former lead pigment manufacturers, stating that the trial court should have dismissed the public nuisance claim at the outset.