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Meredith M. Leary

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Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Meredith is a seasoned litigator and commercial problem solver who is known for her unique approach to overcoming challenges with equal parts strategic vision and precision in execution. Meredith specializes in complex commercial risk assessment and risk mitigation in the transactional, litigation, and arbitration contexts. She focuses particularly on contract disputes, interpretation, negotiation, and risk assessment, and she has extensive experience in the life sciences, software, and IT outsourcing industries. Meredith is particularly valued by clients for her deployment of strategic and value-driven project management and case management techniques to achieve efficient, client-centered results and outcomes, regardless of project or case size. She is an active member of the firm's Licensing & Technology Transactions Practice, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group, and the Life Sciences Working Group. Meredith also serves as the chairperson of the firm’s Womens Initiative.

Representative Matters

  • Co-leading a litigation team representing an international energy company in a dispute over control of the multibillion-dollar entity in the Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Leading a public life sciences company Audit Committee investigation into improper revenue recognition activities.
  • Representing the world’s largest stock transfer company in federal court litigation regarding contract and securities law claims.
  • Represented a privately owned in vitro diagnostic manufacturer and its publicly owned parent in the favorable settlement of a federal court 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.
  • Achieved a favorable resolution on behalf of a major academic center in federal court litigation concerning a pharmaceutical collaboration agreement and ownership of the resulting intellectual property.
  • Achieved 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.
  • Led a “bet the company” arbitration on behalf of a publicly owned in vitro diagnostic manufacturer, and obtained 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. 
  • Representing a major life insurance company in an arbitration proceeding against its reinsurer regarding a rate increase.
  • Obtained 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 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.
  • Obtained 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. 
  • Represented 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 20 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)