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Megan R. Brillault

Principal


477 Madison Avenue
15th Floor
New York, NY 10022-5835
New York

Practices
Practices
Education
Education
  • University of Arizona (B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; B.S. Renewable Natural Resources; cum laude ; 1999)
  • Pace University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude , 2003)
Bar Admissions & Memberships
Bar Admissions & Memberships
  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts: Southern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow (2015)
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Women's Council on Energy and the Environment

Megan Brillault represents individuals, trade associations and businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, in complex civil and criminal environmental and toxic tort litigation as well as insurance recovery. Versed in the complexities of e-discovery, Ms. Brillault helps clients implement cost-effective and fast-paced litigation solutions for all phases of discovery through post-trial proceedings. She also actively promotes diversity and inclusion within the firm and the legal community, working with the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and various women's organizations.

A cornerstone of her practice includes helping clients in their pursuit and/or defense of cost recovery and contribution actions by private parties as well as federal and state governments under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and related state laws, including the New York Navigation Law and the New Jersey Spill Act. In addition, Ms. Brillault represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes under various types of policies, including CGL, D&O and pollution policies. To enhance her arbitration and mediation skills, Ms. Brillault is participating in a formal ADR training program that is seeking to increase diversity among ADR neutrals.

Recent examples of Ms. Brillault’s experience include:

  • Obtaining a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a shopping center owner in a CERCLA cost recovery and New Jersey Spill Act action against a former dry cleaning operation
  • Successfully defending a municipality in a AAA arbitration against petitioner’s claims seeking over $5 million based on a contract to construct a waste-to-ethanol facility
  • Obtaining a dismissal, in federal district court and on appeal to the Second Circuit, of a CERCLA action seeking contribution for a $50 million cleanup of an allegedly contaminated historical lead smelter and mining area
  • Defending a chemical company in a CERCLA cost recovery action seeking alleged damages associated with the clean-up of hazardous waste at a chemical-manufacturing facility
  • Obtaining a defense victory on behalf of certain trustees dismissing a multi-site and multi-million dollar CERCLA cost recovery action
  • Defending a Fortune 500 corporation against multi-million dollar CERCLA cost recovery claims based on historical operations at the site
  • Successfully defending a power plant operator in a combined state and federal criminal investigation involving allegations of multiple violations of the Clean Air Act and obtaining a favorable settlement in a AAA arbitration filed by the owner seeking over $8 million in damages
  • Defending several New York Navigation Law actions involving alleged contamination from USTs and historical operations
  • Challenging the constitutionality of New York City's recycling and product take-back mandates on behalf of a coalition of electronics trade groups and manufacturers

Prior to joining the Firm, Megan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles L. Brieant, former United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York.  Megan balances her work load by keeping an active lifestyle.  In 2011, Megan achieved a lifelong goal of finishing the Lake Placid Ironman in just over 13 hours (which consists of 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run). 

Ms. Brillault has been named by Chambers USA as an "Attorney to Watch" in the field of environmental law, and was also selected for inclusion in the 2014 to 2016 editions of Super Lawyers.  Megan is also co-chair of the firm's Litigation practice group.

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