CH & W welcomes Megan Knize as Senior Counsel in the firm’s Litigation and Municipal Advisory Departments, where she will focus on a range of matters involving municipal finance and rate-making advice, class action litigation, and 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 a PILOT) is a tax under Proposition 26 or is grandfathered as to that measure because adopted before its 2010 effective date.
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. Megan clerked in the Complex Litigation Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court as well in the U.S. District Court for Central District of California. From 2011–2012, Megan served as Court Counsel for the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau. While living on this island-nation of 20,000 people in the North Pacific Ocean, Megan advised the court’s justices on a range of substantive and procedural matters.
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 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. She also served as a leader of the California Young Lawyers Association and was appointed by the President of the California State Bar to the Task Force on Admissions Regulation reform, which made ground-breaking recommendations for the education and training of new attorneys. The State Bar is now in the process of adopting the Task Force’s changes.
In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and visiting friends and family around the world. Her full profile is available here.