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Meghan K. McGuire



Meghan McGuire is a litigator who represents real estate and financial services clients in federal and state court litigation, arbitration and mediation.

What do you focus on?

My practice encompasses a broad range of disputes for a range of businesses, including financial institutions, creditors, corporate fiduciaries and manufacturers.

Planning and Land Use Disputes

I represent real estate clients in a variety of land use and zoning matters and counsel clients regarding real property damage and nuisances. Recently, I successfully represented a developer against a homeowners’ association that challenged the developer’s project on environmental and zoning grounds. I also represent local agencies against challenges to their zoning and planning boards’ actions on environmental and zoning grounds.

Commercial Leasing Disputes

I represent commercial landlords and tenants in lease dispute negotiations, proceedings and actions. I have successfully obtained injunctive relief, including Yellowstone injunctions, on behalf of commercial tenants involved in lease disputes.

Trusts and Estates Litigation

I represent individuals, families, guardians, nonprofit entities and corporate fiduciaries concerning estate, probate, tax and business disputes. Such representations have included will contests, probate and estate litigation, trust disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, business and asset valuation disputes, undue influence claims, challenges to investment decisions and results, cy pres petitions, trust reformation proceedings and complaints for instruction, actions taken by agents under powers of attorney, removal and surcharge of fiduciaries and disputes involving charitable trusts and foundations.

Social Media

I advise clients on the laws applicable to social media. This ranges from the consumer protection laws surrounding social media advertising and endorsements, to the state and federal laws and platform rules governing social media contests and giveaways, to a business’s legal recourse against false and defamatory social media reviews. I also monitor trends and breaking news in the area of social media law and post these developments in NP’s Privacy Blog.

Contract Disputes

I represent a wide array of businesses in contract disputes ranging from property leases to software development services to non-compete agreements.

Financial Services

I serve a variety of financial service institutions in matters ranging from Chapter 11 restructurings, creditors’ rights, fiduciary and trustee disputes and consumer protection issues, including TCPA litigation.

What do you see on the horizon?

The costs of litigation are continuously increasing. As a result, lawyers must develop cost effective techniques to increase the efficiency and decrease the cost of litigation for clients, including following trends in e-discovery and legal project management.

Representative Experience

  • Represented First Niagara Bank in a class action alleging violations of the TCPA with respect to autodialed and pre-recorded debt collection calls concerning a bank-issued credit card. Lisa Anne Smith, Robert Jeffrey Smith, et al. v. First Niagara Bank, N.A, United States District Court, Western District of New York. Settled case on terms favorable to client.

Things to consider before responding to online criticism

Rochester Business Journal | April 20, 2018

Rochester private equity and investment partner Jeremy Wolk and Rochester commercial litigation associate Meghan McGuire contributed this column on the factors that public figures must consider before initiating a legal response to online criticism.

Rhinos, City in Courthouse Seeking Compromise Rather than Eviction from Stadium

The Daily Record | March 21, 2018

In the following coverage, Buffalo commercial litigation partner Sheldon Smith and Rochester commercial litigation associate Meghan McGuire are mentioned for representing the owners of the Rochester Rhinos pro soccer team in a stadium dispute with the city over the team’s decision to go on hiatus in 2018.  The case settled yesterday and our clients are pleased with the result.

Rhinos Owners, City of Rochester Heading To Court

WHEC-TV | March 21, 2018

In the following coverage, Buffalo commercial litigation partner Sheldon Smith and Rochester commercial litigation associate Meghan McGuire are mentioned for representing the owners of the Rochester Rhinos pro soccer team in a stadium dispute with the city over the team’s decision to go on hiatus in 2018.

Use Common Sense Before Liking and Sharing on Social Media

Democrat & Chronicle | February 02, 2018

Rochester commercial litigation associate Meghan McGuire contributed this article on how users of social media can be more thoughtful when posting about businesses, especially when they have a personal tie to or financial relationship with the business.

Contact

Meghan K. McGuire

Associate

Rochester

Phone: 585-263-1547


Fax: 866-745-6415

Columbia University School of Law, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Cornell University, School of Industrial & Labor Relations, B.S.

New York

Meghan has been selected to Super Lawyers Magazine's 2015 Upstate New York Rising Stars list, recognized in the area of Business Litigation Law. She is also a recipient of The Daily Record’s 2016 Excellence in Law, Up & Coming award.

Meghan is an executive board member of the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys (GRAWA) and a member of its Nominating Committee, a director of WBASNY, a member of the Campaign for Justice Cabinet, and a member of the Rochester Rotary. Meghan is also a member of the Monroe County Bar Association.

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