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Megan Nishikawa is a partner in King & Spalding’s Mass Tort and Toxic Tort and Environmental practices, with a focus on the defense of complex litigation, including toxic tort, environmental, and product liability claims.

Megan represents clients in the energy, chemical, and  pharmaceutical industries in state and federal courts nationwide. She has extensive trial, argument, deposition, and case management experience.

Megan works closely with clients, team members, co-counsel and opposing counsel to negotiate efficient and effective strategies to best serve her clients. She also has significant briefing experience, preparing various pleadings, trial and appellate briefs and dispositive motions.

Among her many strengths, Megan is a pragmatic, can-do lawyer who guides clients through the maze of California trial and litigation practice. Quick-witted, exceedingly organized and particularly effective with challenging witnesses, she understands the challenges her clients face, both legal and otherwise, and is praised for efficient and cost-effective results.

Firm Leadership

  • Energy Area of Focus
  • San Francisco Summer Associate Program Co-Chair
  • San Francisco Associate Committee
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Credentials

B.A., English, Macalester College, cum laude, with honors

J.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

California

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Alameda Bar Association

American Bar Association

San Francisco Bar Association

Matters

Defending Shell Oil Company against product liability claims in two separate four-month jury trials relating to contamination of California water systems as a result of historical use of agricultural chemicals. Presented and cross-examined numerous witnesses and successfully argued both dispositive and evidentiary motions.

Defending The Dow Chemical Company and Dow AgroSciences LLC in a docket of drinking water contamination cases brought by California water purveyors relating to the use of agricultural and industrial chemicals.

Defending a global automobile manufacturer against a government investigation and civil lawsuits brought as a result of allegedly defective emissions technology.

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Defending Shell Oil Company against product liability claims in two separate four-month jury trials relating to contamination of California water systems as a result of historical use of agricultural chemicals. Presented and cross-examined numerous witnesses and successfully argued both dispositive and evidentiary motions.

Defending The Dow Chemical Company and Dow AgroSciences LLC in a docket of drinking water contamination cases brought by California water purveyors relating to the use of agricultural and industrial chemicals.

Defending a global automobile manufacturer against a government investigation and civil lawsuits brought as a result of allegedly defective emissions technology.

Representing Petitioner in Ocasio v. United States, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court considered whether a person accused of conspiracy to commit extortion under the Hobbs Act (18 U.S.C. § 1951) may be convicted for extorting a fellow conspirator.

Defending Chevron U.S.A. Inc. against numerous actions filed by 30,000+ plaintiffs and the City of Richmond as a result of the Richmond Refinery fire/explosion.

Defending the Dow Chemical Company against personal injury claims in a three-month jury trial in which plaintiffs alleged that exposure to certain chemicals caused cancer and reproductive and immunological diseases. Obtained a complete defense verdict.

Matters

Defending Shell Oil Company against product liability claims in two separate four-month jury trials relating to contamination of California water systems as a result of historical use of agricultural chemicals. Presented and cross-examined numerous witnesses and successfully argued both dispositive and evidentiary motions.

Defending The Dow Chemical Company and Dow AgroSciences LLC in a docket of drinking water contamination cases brought by California water purveyors relating to the use of agricultural and industrial chemicals.

Defending a global automobile manufacturer against a government investigation and civil lawsuits brought as a result of allegedly defective emissions technology.

See more
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Matters

Defending Shell Oil Company against product liability claims in two separate four-month jury trials relating to contamination of California water systems as a result of historical use of agricultural chemicals. Presented and cross-examined numerous witnesses and successfully argued both dispositive and evidentiary motions.

Defending The Dow Chemical Company and Dow AgroSciences LLC in a docket of drinking water contamination cases brought by California water purveyors relating to the use of agricultural and industrial chemicals.

Defending a global automobile manufacturer against a government investigation and civil lawsuits brought as a result of allegedly defective emissions technology.

Representing Petitioner in Ocasio v. United States, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court considered whether a person accused of conspiracy to commit extortion under the Hobbs Act (18 U.S.C. § 1951) may be convicted for extorting a fellow conspirator.

Defending Chevron U.S.A. Inc. against numerous actions filed by 30,000+ plaintiffs and the City of Richmond as a result of the Richmond Refinery fire/explosion.

Defending the Dow Chemical Company against personal injury claims in a three-month jury trial in which plaintiffs alleged that exposure to certain chemicals caused cancer and reproductive and immunological diseases. Obtained a complete defense verdict.

Credentials

B.A., English, Macalester College, cum laude, with honors

J.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

California

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Alameda Bar Association

American Bar Association

San Francisco Bar Association