Megan Knize is Senior Counsel and a member of Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley’s litigation and advisory practice groups. Megan’s practice covers a wide range of matters involving municipal finance and public revenues litigation and advice, as well as general municipal advisory work. Current assignments include advising municipalities and special districts on compliance with constitutional requirements under Propositions 26 and 218 for raising revenue as well as drafting Supreme Court briefing on the issue of whether a budget transfer from an electric utility to a general fund (a “payment in lieu of taxes” or PILOT) is a tax under Proposition 26 or is grandfathered because it was adopted before that measure took effect in 2010.
Megan comes to the firm having held three judicial clerkships and having worked for a large commercial litigation firm as well as a boutique litigation firm. From 2009 to 2010, Megan clerked for the Honorable Carolyn B. Kuhl, who was at the time a judge in the Complex Litigation Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court and currently serves as the Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Megan then clerked for the Honorable James V. Selna of the Central District of California. Finally, from 2011-2012, Megan served as Court Counsel for the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. While living on this island-nation in the North Pacific Ocean, Megan advised the court’s justices on a range of appellate and trial court matters, redesigned the judiciary’s website to become more accessible to Palauan litigants, and served as the judiciary’s representative on the first-ever Juvenile Justice Commission. During this time, Megan published articles in three law reviews.
Upon returning to Los Angeles, Megan joined a boutique litigation firm where she represented individual and class action plaintiffs in a variety of consumer and employment cases in state and federal court. Megan handled all phases of litigation from the pleading stage through settlement. Megan has served on the Board of the California Young Lawyers Association as well as the State Bar’s Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform.
Megan earned her law degree from the University of California, Davis, in 2008. While at UC Davis, Megan served as the Editor in Chief of the UC Davis Law Review. She also served as a teaching assistant for first-year Contracts students. Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in American Studies from Stanford University in 2003. While at Stanford, Megan served as Editor in Chief of The Stanford Daily.
Megan has volunteered for numerous pro bono legal groups, including the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest, Hungary and legal aid organizations throughout California. She also serves as a volunteer mediator for the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs.
- Complex Litigation
- Public Records Act
- Public Law
- Public Finance Law and Rate-Making