Meg splits her time between Atlanta and New York where she handles complex criminal defense matters for professionals and their families. She has represented clients on a wide variety of criminal charges including: computer and internet crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence, forgery, theft and shoplifting crimes, prescription drug offenses, healthcare fraud, benefit fraud, RICO, conspiracy actions, FCPA, mail fraud, money laundering actions, mortgage fraud, bank and wire fraud, international extradition, tax evasion, filing false returns or fictitious information in a tax return, among others. She has also represented clients in IRS audits in order to prevent criminal charges from ever being brought.
Meg has been very successful in securing bond for clients where bond has not been previously granted. She always goes the extra mile to make sure the judge knows everything about the situation in arguing for bond.
Meg also is very successful in speaking with law enforcement in the very early stages of a criminal investigation. At the federal level, if you receive a "target letter", a friendly visit or phone call from an agent or agents, or are subject to a search warrant, call Conaway & Strickler, PC immediately, and tell law enforcement you are contacting a lawyer and will only speak to them with counsel present. For these situations, please immediately call Meg's cell phone: 646-535-8185/404-695-0500.
At the state level, a detective will call or stop by and "just want to talk". Don't. It NEVER is a good idea. And no, retaining a lawyer will not influence law enforcement to think you are guilty. It is just that you must protect yourself and your rights at all times.
"I always take a pro-active approach to my work." Meg states. She therefore often succeeds in getting her cases dismissed prior to charges being formally brought against her clients.
Meg's success for defending her clients is based, in part, on her study and knowledge of drug, alcohol and other addiction and dependency problems that are sometimes part of the reason her clients find themselves in trouble with the law in the first place. Meg also works on behalf of clients and their families facing mental health issues and she is an expert and working with her clients to understand how a mental health crisis may have led to her client's arrest.
"One of the ways our criminal justice system fails our citizens and our communities today is that the criminal law doesn't really take into account the great number of ways addiction problems and mental health issues can pull people and their families into the criminal justice system," says Meg.
"The criminal laws of our country tend to treat all persons facing arrest as "one size fits all" and it fails to take into account how problems with addictions to things as diverse as alcohol and drugs to gambling can lead people to into problems with the law. I work with my clients to bring these issues to the attention of law enforcement and prosecutors early, so that my client can be treated as a human being needing help and not just another statistic."
"The best thing we can do for a client is to get their case dismissed before an indictment or accusation is ever drafted by the prosecutor," explains Meg. "If we can succeed in resolving the matter early, we can save the client the pain and stress of having to appear in court under the cloud of indictment or accusation.
A few examples of Meg's criminal defense work
Meg regularly appears on national TV where she comments on high profile cases including Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman, Jodi Arias, Casey Anthony, Conrad Murray/Michael Jackson, Amanda Knox, among others. She has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, Dr. Drew, Nancy Grace, Robin Meade, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends, Studio B, The Line Up, America Live with Megyn Kelly, Happening Now, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Closing Bell on CNBC, HLN, Fox Business Channel, MSNBC, HLN, CNN, CNN International, Global News in Canada, In Session, among others. She has also appeared on all of the Atlanta local television news programs in relation to her representation of her clients. She has also provided legal commentary on Fox radio stations throughout the country.
Meg is currently an adjunct professor for Emory Law School's Kessler-Eidsen Institute for Trial Advocacy, where she instructs law school students in the art of case preparation and trial advocacy. She also teaches ethics to first year Emory Law students through a three day round table discussion involving first year law students, law school faculty and practicing attorneys. She is also an active member of the Georgia, New York, California, American and International Bar Associations. She is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Meg is also the author of many articles on domestic and international legal issues. She has been elected to serve as chair of the International Bar Association's Criminal Law Committee for 2013-2015. She has also served as an officer for the past several years serving as the newsletter and website editor for the Business Crime and the Criminal Law Committees of the IBA. She also enjoys doing public speaking engagements concerning cutting edge criminal law issues. She has also chaired and lectured on a variety of transnational and international legal panels at legal seminars around the world concerning criminal law, anti-corruption, business crime, human rights, and international criminal law. Through her work with the International Bar Association, Meg has developed a worldwide network of legal professionals to assist her clients facing transnational or international legal issues.
She has given lectures at the International Bar Association's Annual Conference in Prague (2005), Chicago (2006), Madrid (2009), and Dubai (2011), and at the Transnational Crime Conference in Amsterdam (2011) and São Paulo (2012). She, along with another celebrated criminal defense lawyer, chaired the International Bar Association Annual Transnational Crime Conference this year in Miami. Meg will also chair the IBA Transnational Crime Conference to be held April, 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Legal Expert Commentator
- Regular guest on HLN's prime time show "HLN After Dark"
- Appeared regularly in Orlando for Casey Anthony trial
- Appears frequently on the Nancy Grace Show, Evening Express, Making it in America, Jane Velez-Mitchell and Dr. Drew on HLN
- Appears frequently on MSNBC, including Hard Ball with Chris Matthews
- Appears frequently on Fox News Channel, including the O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, Fox & Friends, America Live with Megyn Kelly, the Line Up, Studio B, among others, and foxnews.com
- Appeared frequently on Tru TV In Session
- Provides legal commentary on Fox radio stations throughout the country
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Charges
- Computer and Internet Crimes
- Drug Crimes
- Sex Crimes
- Domestic Violence
- Theft and Shoplifting Crimes
- Prescription Drug Offenses
- Healthcare Fraud
- Benefit Fraud
- Conspiracy Actions
- Mail Fraud
- Money Laundering Actions
- Mortgage Fraud
- Bank and Wire Fraud
- International Extradition
- Tax Evasion
- Filing False Returns or Fictitious Information in a Tax Return
- Georgia, 1997
- California, 1999
- New York, 2004
- Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
- J.D. - 1997
- University of Delaware
- B.A. - 1991
- Major: Criminal Justice
- Spoke at International Bar Association Annual Conference in Prague, September 25, 2005 - September 30, 2005
- Spoke at International Bar Association Annual Conference in Chicago, September 17, 2006 - September 22, 2006
- Spoke at International Bar Association Annual Conference in Madrid, October 4, 2009 - October 9, 2009
- Spoke at International Bar Association Annual Conference in Vancouver, October 3, 2010 - October 8, 2010
- Spoke at International Bar Association, Transnational Crime Conference in Amsterdam, June 9, 2011 - June 11, 2011
- Spoke at International Bar Association Annual Conference in Dubai, October 30, 2011 - November 4, 2011
- Spoke at International Bar Association, Transnational Crime Conference in São Paulo, June 14, 2012 - June 16, 2012
- Spoke at and chaired entire conference - International Bar Association Transnational Crime Conference in Miami, Florida in May, May 15, 2013 - May 17, 2013
- Taught at Kessler-Eidsen National Institute for Trial Advocacy
- Teaches at The State Bar of Georgia’s Committee on Professionalism and The State of Georgia’s Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism at Emory University School of Law
- Judge for The Emory University School of Law Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition
- Spoke at International Bar Association Annual Conference in Boston, Cyber Crime and Money Laundering , October 6, 2013 - October 11, 2013
- Spoke at International Bar Association Annual Conference in Dublin, September 30, 2012 - October 5, 2012
- Judge for ABA Law Student Negotiation Competition, American Bar Association, November 2, 2013
- Spoke on Cyber Crime in Bangalore, India, www.india.itechlaw.org/program.htm, January 31, 2014
- Chairing Entire Conference and Speaking on Counterfeiting at the 17th Annual IBA Transnational Crime Conference in Istanbul, www.ibanet.org/conferences/conf547.aspx, April 2, 2014 - April 4, 2014
Professional Associations and Memberships
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
- Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
- New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
- American Bar Association, Women of White Collar Crime Committee member
- Georgia Bar Association
- New York Bar Association
- California Bar Association
- International Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee, Chair
- International Bar Association, Business Crime and Criminal Law Committees, Newsletter Coordinator
- The Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta
- American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Northern District of Georgia
- Southern District of Georgia
- Southern District of New York
- Alpha Omicron Pi