Megan Irwin's practice includes representing clients regarding compliance with federal and state environmental regulatory programs and enforcement defense throughout the country. In particular, Ms. Irwin has assisted clients in resolving regulatory compliance issues under RCRA, CERCLA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, OSHA and MSHA. She also has counseled clients on compliance obligations under European Union environmental regulations, including RoHS, WEEE, REACH and similar foreign programs.
Ms. Irwin has served clients in connection with development and implementation of environmental remediation projects, including coordination and management of environmental consultants. She has also counseled clients regarding transactional matters, including environmental due diligence for high stakes mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and lending transactions. Ms. Irwin drafts and negotiates environmental representations, warranties and indemnities, as well as escrow and holdback arrangements in connection with environmental liabilities. She also counsels clients on the procurement of environmental insurance for transactions with potential environmental liabilities.
Ms. Irwin has Arizona and Colorado state and federal court litigation experience with an emphasis on Superfund cost recovery and defense, environmental and commercial insurance coverage claims, and general commercial litigation. In connection with her litigation practice, Ms. Irwin has extensive experience in motion practice and has worked closely with consultants in development of expert testimony, including report preparation, document management, and all phases of discovery. Ms. Irwin also recently handled significant trial responsibilities, including conducting multiple witness examinations, as part of the trial team for a complex federal court jury trial.
Before entering the legal profession, Ms. Irwin was a civil engineer with a focus on environmental engineering and hydrology. She worked as an engineer for a national civil engineering firm and as an environmental consultant for two international environmental consulting firms.
Bar and Court Admissions
United States District Courts for the District of Arizona and District of Colorado
United States Patent and Trademark Office
The University of Arizona, J.D., 2002
University of Washington, B.S., 1998
Maricopa County Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees 2010-2013
Phoenix Day School, Board of Directors 2007-2010
Positive Coaching Alliance, Board of Directors, 2013-Present
Valley Forward, Board of Directors 2010-2013
Civic Involvement and Honors
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education "Top 50 Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona" Award, 2012
AZ Business Magazine, "Generation Next Forty Under Forty" Distinction, 2014
Phoenix Business Journal, "40 Under 40" Award, 2012
Southwest Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, 2013