Margaret C.Gleason (Meg)


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For more than 15 years, Meg Gleason has prosecuted and defended complex civil litigation matters in state and federal courts and in arbitral proceedings. She has worked on high-stakes cases involving breach of contract, business tort, fraud, and securities and other class actions. Meg represents companies in complex commercial litigation in a variety of contexts and industries, including software, manufacturing, energy, and financial institutions. She also maintains an active pro bono practice that has included trial and appellate matters.

Meg's trial experience includes being part of a trial team that obtained a $125.7 million verdict in a post-closing adjustment dispute after a three-month trial. She served as lead trial counsel in a successful international child abduction case in federal court brought under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. She also advises clients concerning complex pretrial case management and discovery issues.

Meg serves as the court-appointed chair of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and she has served in the past on the court-appointed Third Circuit's Lawyers Advisory Committee and as the chair of a merit selection panel for the appointment of a U.S. Magistrate Judge. She currently is an advisory board member for Pennsylvania Civil Pre-Trial Practice and Pennsylvania Civil Trial Practice and a member of the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

Meg serves as the hiring partner for the Firm's Pittsburgh Office.

Before law school, Meg studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.


  • IBM defends software services agreement lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania Dep’t of Labor & IndustryIn a lawsuit brought by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Jones Day is defending International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) against breach-of-contract and other claims premised on allegations that IBM failed to deliver a computer system that would aid the administration of both the tax assessment and benefit payment sides of Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation system.
  • 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.
  • Steel manufacturer and its current and former CEOs defend consolidated federal securities class actionsJones Day is defending a steel manufacturer and its current and former CEOs in consolidated federal securities class actions in which the plaintiffs allege that the manufacturer’s share price fell over 26 percent as a result of alleged corrective disclosures in April 2017.
  • Com-Net Critical Communications, Inc. former shareholders win non-jury verdict in lawsuit over final purchase paymentIn a post-closing adjustment dispute involving the design and construction of Florida's statewide first-responder radio communications system, Jones Day obtained a verdict of $125,751,232.88 plus costs for the representative of Com-Net Critical Communications' former shareholders against defendants Tyco Electronics Corporation, Inc., M/A-COM Tech Holdings, Inc., and M/A-Com, Inc.
  • PCMS successfully resolves software trade secret and breach of contract disputeJones Day successfully represented software companies PCMS International, Inc. and PCMS Datafit, Inc. (collectively, PCMS) in a trade secret and breach of contract case involving PCMS' BeanStore software. BeanStore is PCMS' flagship point-of-sale software.
  • Software house successfully defends against arbitral proceedings concerning payments allegedly due under agreementJones Day advised a software house in relation to its defense in arbitral proceedings under the AAA rules of claims brought by a major Japanese corporation in respect of payments allegedly due under a Development Licence Agreement subject to Massachusetts law.
  • 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.
  • Court orders children returned to father in Canada in international child abduction caseIn December 2011, after a five-day bench trial, a federal judge entered an order in favor of Jones Day's client in an international child abduction case directing the return of his three young children, two with special needs, to Canada to be reunited with their father pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and United States federal law.
  • Education Management Corporation wins motion to dismiss securities class actionJones Day represented Education Management Corporation ("EDMC") and certain of its directors and officers in a securities class action lawsuit (dismissed) filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Manufacturing company wins insurance coverage arbitration over decision to try underlying case to verdictOn behalf of its manufacturing company client, Jones Day won an arbitration final award that conclusively rejected an insurance company's argument that the client should not have tried an underlying covered claim to verdict.
  • Fortune 100 company wins unanimous London arbitration award for D&O insurance coverage against Bermuda-based insurance companyFrom 2008 to 2010, Jones Day successfully represented a Fortune 100 company in an international commercial arbitration conducted pursuant to the English Arbitration Act of 1996, receiving a unanimous award for full policy limits, plus counsel fees, costs and interest.
  • Elliott brings declaratory action against Carrier involving liabilities of personal injury asbestos claims before 1981Jones Day client Elliott Company, Inc. ("Elliott") has sued Carrier Corporation ("Carrier"), seeking a declaratory judgment that Carrier did not transfer by contract to Elliott in a 1981 corporate reorganization the liabilities for thousands of personal injury asbestos claims arising from products made by Carrier and the predecessor Elliott Company before 1981.
  • Mother successfully readmits her child into a local elementary school under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance ActAt the request of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, Jones Day Pittsburgh assisted a mother in her efforts to readmit her child into a local elementary school under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
  • Macy's resolves matter in voluntary mediation with its captive insurer for coverage arising out of department store damages by hurricanes Katrina and WilmaJones Day represented Macy's in a multi-million dollar suit to recover unpaid insurance proceeds for property damage and business interruption sustained at more than 20 department stores in Florida and Louisiana as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, including stores that required virtually complete replacement.
  • Prisoner's civil rights upheld after being repeatedly placed in solitary confinementJones Day attorneys brought a long-running and highly contentious pro bono matter to a conclusion in November 2007.
    • October 25, 2018
      Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Update: Understand New Rules, Standards, and Disclosure Requirements, Lorman Education Services
    • November 30, 2017
      Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Update: Understand New Rules, Standards, and Practical Implications, Lorman Education Services
    • May 11, 2017
      Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Update: Understand New Rules, Standards, and Practical Implications, Lorman Education Services
    • January 26, 2017
      Practical and Ethical Implications of Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
    • September 21, 2016
      Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Panel "Five Things I Wish I Had Known During My First Five Years Of Practice" Panelist
    • January 25, 2013
      The Business of Practicing Law II, Case and Practice Management, Duquesne University School of Law Capstone Program
    • November 15, 2012
      2012 Speaker Series
      International Disputes: Laying the Foundation for an Effective Resolution Strategy
    • June 27, 2012
      2012 Speaker Series
      The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
    • December 3, 2010
      Ethics Plenary Session, 23rd Annual Bankruptcy Symposium
    • September 16, 2009
      The G20 Summit and First Amendment Rights, W. Edward Sell American Inn of Court Presentation
    • November 30, 2008
      Pittsburgh's Fifth River: Taking a Dip Into the Ever-Widening Stream of E-Discovery, W. Edward Sell American Inn of Court Presentation