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Meredith M. Leary

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Education

  • Boston College (JD, 2002)
  • Bowdoin College (BA, 1996)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Massachusetts

Meredith is a seasoned litigator with extensive project management and case management experience. Her clients value her unique approach to overcoming challenges with equal parts strategic vision and precision in execution. Meredith specializes in complex commercial problem solving and risk assessment and mitigation, in the litigation and arbitration contexts. She is particularly focused on contract disputes and interpretation, with extensive experience in the life sciences, software, and manufacturing industries. She is an active member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group and the Life Sciences Working Group.

Representative Matters

  • Achieving a decisive arbitration victory on behalf of a supplier in a complex contractual dispute with an automobile manufacturer, resulting in an award of over $10M plus attorneys’ fees and expert costs.
  • Leading a “bet the company” arbitration on behalf of a publicly owned in vitro diagnostic manufacturer, and obtaining a successful settlement of an arbitration based on claims that the manufacturer’s licensee had failed to develop and commercialize the manufacturer’s microRNA-based products, as required by the parties’ licensing agreement. 
  • Leading a public life sciences company Audit Committee investigation into improper revenue recognition activities.
  • Representing a major life insurance company in an arbitration proceeding against its reinsurer regarding a rate increase.
  • Obtaining an award of summary judgment and the recovery of a significant award of attorneys’ fees and expert costs on behalf of several medical and dental technology private equity portfolio companies in a complex contract dispute involving patent and FDA 510(k) regulatory matters.
  • Representing a privately owned in vitro diagnostic manufacturer and its publicly owned parent in the favorable settlement of a dispute with one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies over the right to distribute a companion diagnostic kit for use in the oncology market.
  • Representing a public sector client in an investigation and subsequent vendor dispute regarding a failed health care information technology project implantation.
  • Successfully avoided criminal charges for a high-profile former Chief Financial Officer following a three-year investigation by the US Attorney into alleged options backdating and associated failure to report stock-based compensation expense. Persuaded the DOJ to decline criminal charges, notwithstanding comments in the media by one of the nation’s most respected securities law professors that the case presented “the clearest instance of criminal scienter he had ever seen.”  In the related SEC investigation, successfully negotiated one the most lenient settlements achieved in a case involving allegedly fraudulent options backdating.
  • Obtaining a judgment from the Massachusetts Business Court, overturning the state’s pharmacy assessment tax and ordering the Commonwealth to refund $18 million in taxes collected from the pharmacies. The court enjoined any further collection of the tax, resulting in a savings to clients of more than $36 million annually. 
  • Representing a Ghanaian family pro bono and successfully obtained more than $1.85 million from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. 
  • In a first-of-its-kind privacy class action lawsuit brought in New York seeking $100 million in damages, won a trial verdict dismissing all claims against a Fortune 100 company. 
  • Served as Special District Attorney through Mintz Levin’s partnership with the Middlesex District Attorney’s office.  Prosecuted and tried numerous criminal cases, including five jury trials and more than twenty bench trials and hearings on motions to suppress evidence.

Recognitions & Awards

  • Order of the Coif
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Business Litigation (2006-2008, 2013 - 2014)