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 has been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property’s IP STARS as a Rising Star and is a frequent speaker and panel member for business, legal practice and educational groups across the country. Ms. Bannigan is also frequently quoted, mentioned and published in national and international publications, including Bloomberg, Reuters, Managing Intellectual Property, The World Trademark Review, Practical Law, Intellectual Property Magazine and The International Trademark Association Bulletin, as a legal authority on trademark and copyright matters.
Ms. Bannigan is 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 several working groups and subcommittees. She frequently writes and speaks on IP issues.
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 the Cancer Research Institute and 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.