Megan Cooney is an associate in the Orange County office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of the firm’s Class Actions, Labor and Employment, and Litigation Practice Groups.
Ms. Cooney’s practice focuses on employment and class action litigation. She has represented employers in class actions, collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, representative actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act, and individual actions in state and federal court alleging wage and hour violations, discrimination, retaliation, wrongful denial of benefits, harassment, and employment misclassification. Ms. Cooney has also represented clients in complex business litigation, including derivative lawsuits.
Ms. Cooney also has experience advising employers regarding personnel policies, employee handbooks, job classification, termination issues, and other employment-related matters. She has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, including banking, assisted living, retail, restaurants, and technology.
Ms. Cooney’s successes include representation of Grubhub, Inc. in Lawson v. Grubhub Holdings Inc., et al. (Northern District of California), where Gibson Dunn secured judgment in favor of Grubhub in the nation’s first “gig economy” independent contractor misclassification case to go to trial. She has also worked on teams that defeated class certification and secured favorable rulings and settlements for various clients.
Ms. Cooney earned her law degree magna cum laude in 2013 from Pepperdine University where she was a Literary Citation Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review and a member of the Interschool Appellate Advocacy Team. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2010 from California Lutheran University, graduating summa cum laude.
Ms. Cooney is a member of the State Bar of California.
Pepperdine University - 2013 Juris Doctor
California Lutheran University - 2010 Bachelor of Arts