Megan K. Bannigan specializes in intellectual property law: trademark, copyright, false advertising, rights of publicity and related matters. She is a counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, a major international law firm, representing clients across a range of industries, including fashion and luxury goods, entertainment, professional sports, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, consumer products and financial services. She also has extensive trial experience, as well as an active pro bono docket.
Ms. Bannigan is very active in intellectual property-related professional organizations, including the International Trademark Association, for which she is spearheading the development of an INTA Pro Bono clearinghouse, and the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association, where she is a member of the Trademark Litigation Committee and nominative fair use working group. She frequently speaks on IP issues, including most recently at the World Trademark Review’s Trademark Litigation 2016: Practical Strategies conference (April 2016) and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 10th Annual Intellectual Property Institute (April 2016).
Ms. Bannigan is currently teaching Fashion Law at Rutgers School of Law. She previously was a Clinical Visiting Lecturer at Law at Yale Law School.
Ms. Bannigan joined Debevoise in in 2007. From 2008 to 2009, she clerked for the Honorable Mary Little Cooper of the United States District Court for District of New Jersey. Prior to joining Debevoise, Ms. Bannigan worked in the Office of the New Jersey Governor.
Ms. Bannigan is also active in an array of not-for-profit organizations, including as a member of the Executive Board of the Young Philanthropists Council of the Cancer Research Institute and as Development Co-Chair for the Junior Board of Advocates for Children of New York.
She received her J.D. with high honors from Rutgers School of Law – Camden in 2007, where she served as Production Editor of the Rutgers Law Journal. She received a B.A. with honors from Rutgers College in 2002. Ms. Bannigan is a member of the Bars of New York and New Jersey and is admitted to practice before the Southern District of New York and District of New Jersey.