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Meaghan Clayton

"No one succeeds alone. Never walk alone in your future paths."

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Key Service Areas

  • Human Resource and Employment Law
  • Dispute Resolution and Litigation Services


Legal Assistant - Robin Takens

About Meaghan

What types of legal issues do you help individuals and businesses resolve?

As an employment litigator, I help employers resolve a wide variety of legal disputes that arise out of the work relationship. Such issues include complaints of discrimination or harassment from current or former employees and claims for unpaid wages. I also assist employers with transactional needs like creating and implementing workplace policies and preparing employment, contractor, noncompetition, and other agreements. As a counselor, I provide guidance and advice to employers with compliance and human resource questions.

What sets you apart from other lawyers in your practice field?

I began my career as a judicial clerk and was fortunate to work in both state and federal courts and trial and appellate courts. That experience gave me insight into all angles of litigation from the court’s perspective early in my career, which in turn has helped me understand the risks of litigation at each stage in the process.

What did you learn in your first year of practice that you still utilize today?

To listen. Resolving disputes and solving problems requires understanding the client’s goals and what is really at stake. And listening is the first step in achieving that understanding. Listening is also an invaluable skill in litigation. You can’t know the next question to ask if you haven’t listened to the answer to the prior one.


UIC Law (formerly The John Marshall Law School), J.D. cum laude, 2006

Northern Illinois University, M.A., 2003

Queen's University, B.A., 2000

Q: If you weren't a lawyer, what would you be?


If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be a designer.


Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, West Michigan Chapter

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Michigan State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

American Health Law Association

Bar Admission



U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

Awards and Recognition

Order of John Marshall

Francis D. and Corinne S. Morrissey Award in Professional Responsibility

Best Lawyers of America®, "One to Watch", Labor and Employment Litigation and Labor and Employment Law - Management, 2024

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