Meggan began her career as a lawyer practicing workers’ compensation representing Insurance Companies and self-insured public entities in administrative hearings, medical disputes before the DWC and State Office of Administrative Hearings, and subrogation claims.
Meggan joined the BAJB team in 2010, and now also enjoys representing clients in railroad litigation and administrative hearings. Her west Texas roots and Aggie heritage fashion her straightforward yet easy going manner with clients, and her commonsensical approach to problem solving. She maintains meticulous attention to detail, and remains fascinated with the evolving issues and policy in these areas of law.
Outside of work, Meggan loves spending her time with her husband and their son. In her spare time she enjoys practicing yoga and riding horses to maintain balance in her life.
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Austin Bar Association
American Bar Association
Texas Young Lawyers Association, Committee Member for Animal Welfare
Kappa Delta Austin-Hill Country Alumnae Association
Reported Decisions As Trial/Appellate Counsel:
Union Pac. R. Co. v. Nami, 498 S.W.2d 890 (Tex. 2016), reversed and rendered in favor of Union Pacific
Railroad employee filed a complaint under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) against employer for failing to provide him with a safe workplace, after he contracted West Nile virus and encephalitis from mosquitoes. The trial court entered judgment on jury verdict that found both employer and employee negligent, and apportioned 80% of the responsibility to employer and 20% to employee. Court of Appeals affirmed trial court’s judgment. Texas Supreme Court granted review and held in an 8-1 opinion that the doctrine of ferae naturae a property owner (here the railroad) is not liable for harm from indigenous animals that the owner has not attracted to the property.
Griffin v. Union Pac. R. Co., No. 04-12-00824-CV, 2014 WL 1494605 (Tex. App. Apr. 16, 2014)
Court affirmed trial court’s take-nothing judgment entered in this personal injury lawsuit arising from a crossbuck crossing collision involving an automobile and train, finding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying a challenge for cause as to one vinereperson.
Publications & Seminars:
Author and Speaker: “Defendant the Humped Crossing and Current Thoughts on Private Crossing Liability,” National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Fall Meeting 2016
Author and Speaker: “FELA-Offsets for Third-Party Settlements,” National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Fall Meeting 2015;
Author and Speaker: “How to Defend Ballast Claims: Drainage Versus Support Arguments,” National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, 2014.
Author: “Ballast Claims: The Rock and Roll of FELA,” National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, 2011.
Author: “Are We Losing Our Footing? Current Defenses of the FELA Ballast Related Claim,” National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, 2010.