Megan Poetzel is a co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She is a first-chair trial lawyer and litigator, representing businesses in a variety of disputes arising from corporate transactions and consumer relationships. Ms. Poetzel works with clients in numerous industries, including real estate, technology, commercial and consumer lending, and financial services. She resolves government investigations and inquiries and burgeoning private disputes prior to litigation, as well as brings and defends claims in courts and arbitration proceedings.
Ms. Poetzel currently represents many of Chicago’s most iconic and well-known restaurants in a lawsuit against their insurance carriers for refusing to cover losses resulting from executive orders shutting down and restricting restaurants during the Coronavirus pandemic. She also represents several clients in connection with class action lawsuits or government inquiries concerning in-person, telephone, and online interactions with consumers.
Ms. Poetzel has assisted clients with a wide variety of contract-based disputes, including her current representation of a major communications company over a breach of contract claim turning on complex regulatory issues. In addition, Ms. Poetzel led a team representing a mortgage industry client in over a dozen cases and several government investigations arising from the 2008 financial crisis relating to mortgage-backed securitization trusts. These cases involved litigation in federal and state courts in New York, California, Minnesota, and Connecticut, including a three-week trial that Ms. Poetzel first-chaired in which the plaintiff sought nearly $1 billion. Following closing arguments, that matter was resolved for a small fraction of the claimed amount.
Ms. Poetzel maintains an active pro bono practice. She has assisted five pro bono clients in asylum proceedings, helping each take the legal steps needed to start a new life in the United States. She is also co-chair of the Board of Legal Aid Chicago, which provides free legal services to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago and makes equal justice a reality for the most vulnerable members of the community. Ms. Poetzel serves on Jenner & Block’s Management Committee and is co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Forum.
In 2021, Ms. Poetzel was recognized by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine as one of Chicago’s Top 50 “Influential Women in Law.” She has also been recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of Chicago’s Notable Nonprofit Board Leaders and one of Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers.
She received her JD with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, and her Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in chemistry, with honors, from the University of Michigan.