People: Megan H. Poonolly, Counsel

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Megan H. Poonolly

Counsel

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 881-5472
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Megan H. Poonolly is counsel in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group.  The majority of Ms. Poonolly’s practice is dedicated to representing employers and businesses in litigation arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other related laws.  Ms. Poonolly also represents management in litigation regarding discrimination and harassment claims arising under Title VII, Section 1981, the ADA, the ADEA, the FLSA, the FMLA and other applicable laws.  

As part of her practice, Ms. Poonolly also provides preventative counseling to employers on all aspects of labor and employment law, including noncompete agreements, trade secrets, whistleblower concerns, and issues relating to FCRA and other similar state laws.

Ms. Poonolly is actively involved in pro bono work, volunteering with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the Eviction Defense Project and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.  Ms. Poonolly is also active in the community.  She serves on the State Bar of Georgia Committee for the Promotion of Inclusion in the Profession, and is a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.  Within the firm, Ms. Poonolly serves on the Atlanta Diversity Action Team.

Megan H. Poonolly is counsel in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice Group.  The majority of Ms. Poonolly’s practice is dedicated to representing employers and businesses in litigation arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other related laws.  Ms. Poonolly also represents management in litigation regarding discrimination and harassment claims arising under Title VII, Section 1981, the ADA, the ADEA, the FLSA, the FMLA and other applicable laws.  

As part of her practice, Ms. Poonolly also provides preventative counseling to employers on all aspects of labor and employment law, including noncompete agreements, trade secrets, whistleblower concerns, and issues relating to FCRA and other similar state laws.

Ms. Poonolly is actively involved in pro bono work, volunteering with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the Eviction Defense Project and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.  Ms. Poonolly is also active in the community.  She serves on the State Bar of Georgia Committee for the Promotion of Inclusion in the Profession, and is a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys.  Within the firm, Ms. Poonolly serves on the Atlanta Diversity Action Team.

Education

  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School (2009)
    cum laude
    Online Content Editor, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law
  • B.S., University of Virginia (2004)

Admissions

  • Georgia

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession (Member)
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA) (Member)
  • Member, Penn Law Alumni Society Board of Managers

Representative Engagements

  • Taylor v. IDC Technologies, Inc., Case No. 15-CV-02929-PSG, 2015 WL 6602526 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 30, 2015)  Motion to dismiss indemnification claims in FCRA action granted without leave to amend.
  • Fletcher v. Kaplan Higher Education Corp., Case No. 1:12-cv-0519-WBH (N.D. Ga. Sept. 10, 2015)  Won summary judgment on Title VII race discrimination claims.
  • Cazeau v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Case No. 1:13-cv-00260-AT (N.D. Ga. Sep. 25, 2014)  Won summary judgment on various discrimination, harassment, and libel claims.  The decision was affirmed by the 11th Circuit in Cazeau v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Case No. 14-14863, 2015 WL 3605744 (11th Cir. June 10, 2015)
  • Southeastern Paper Group, Inc. v. Unisource Worldwide, Inc., No. 2013CV228170 (Fulton County Superior Court Nov. 19, 2014)  Won motion to dismiss all claims, including non-compete, tortious interference, and breach of contract claims.
  • Estate of Washington v. Carter’s, Inc., No. 3:10-cv-01136, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161583 (M.D. Fla. Nov. 18, 2014) Won summary judgment on all claims in multi-plaintiff FMLA and FLSA case.
  • Stovall v. Compass Group USA, Inc., No. 1:12-cv-00604, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84151 (S.D. Ala. June 20, 2014) Won summary judgment on Title VII race and religious discrimination claims. 
  • Campbell v. Costco Wholesale Corp., No. 3:12-cv-00306 (M.D. Tenn. 2014) Obtained complete defense verdict in multi-day jury trial regarding failure-to-promote claim under FMLA.

Presentations

  • Social Media in the Workplace:  Liability, Ethics, and Professionalism Considerations for In-House Counsel (Oct. 16, 2014)

Publications