Molly E. Meacham
Area of Emphasis
Molly Meacham is a shareholder and co-chair of the Litigation Group of Babst Calland. She is also a member of the Firm’s Employment and Labor and Mobility, Transport and Safety groups.
Ms. Meacham’s commercial litigation practice bridges all three of her groups within the Firm. She serves as lead trial counsel for clients in a broad range of business-related general litigation with a focus on contract disputes and restrictive covenant matters. Ms. Meacham also represents employers in discrimination cases and other employment-related disputes in the state and federal courts and before government and administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board and the Department of Labor. In addition, Ms. Meacham serves as regular outside employment counsel to many clients, providing ongoing advice on matters such as workplace investigations, legal and regulatory compliance, disability accommodation, disciplinary actions and employment agreements.
As a member of the Mobility, Transport and Safety Group, Ms. Meacham leverages her experience defending product sellers and manufacturers in the vehicle, consumer product and commercial product industries. In addition to defending contract, warranty and personal injury matters, she brings a litigator’s perspective to the strategic process of balancing innovation with risk management.
In all matters Ms. Meacham serves as an active partner to clients, applying her experience and creativity to identify and implement business-centered solutions. At the pre-litigation stage her focus is on identification and management of risk. Once a matter is in litigation her focus becomes efficiently achieving an outcome that will best serve her client’s goals, and maintaining open communication with her client partners to evaluate those goals as the matter proceeds toward trial.
Ms. Meacham graduated from Villanova University with a B.A., Honors Program, in English and Classical Studies, as well as a Business minor. She received her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School. While in law school, Ms. Meacham served as chairperson of the Honor Council and worked at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in its Electronic Publishing Division.
Prior to joining Babst Calland, Ms. Meacham represented clients in state and federal courts throughout New England in litigation matters including contract disputes, employment disputes, products liability claims, and environmental litigation.
Memberships and Affiliations
Ms. Meacham is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and the Massachusetts Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of Massachusetts, and the District of Connecticut, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Ms. Meacham is active in the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), serving as the Vice-Chair/Newsletter Editor for the Litigation & Trial Practice Committee, Vice-Chair of the Products Liability Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Women Trial Lawyers Committee. She is also a member of the Gender Equality Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association.
Ms. Meacham serves as regular presenter at in-house client trainings, and in continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys. She has also authored or co-authored multiple publications relating to her civil trial practice in state and federal courts, particularly regarding her representation of national and multi-national corporations in products liability matters and her representation of clients in employment and restrictive covenant matters. Ms. Meacham’s recent presentations include:
- Presenter (Scheduled), “Examining Pending Legislation and Proposed Regulatory Initiatives for the Self Driving Car,” ACI National Advanced Forum on Automotive Product Liability Litigation, Chicago, IL, July 18, 2018.
- Presenter, “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” Babst Calland’s Legal Essentials for In-House Counsel CLE Series, Pittsburgh, PA, April 30, 2018.
- Co-Presenter, “Recent Employment Law Issues,” Babst Calland’s Construction Law 2017: The Year in Review Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, March 22, 2018.
- Presenter, “Cybersecurity for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Steering Clear of Hackers,” American Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program, Webinar, March 20, 2018.