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About Margaret

Meg Beasley represents clients across a wide range of industries in every level of federal and state courts, as well as in agency forums. She provides counsel in diverse matters including white collar defense, government investigations, and development and implementation of cybersecurity and data breach response plans and reporting requirements.  Additionally, Meg represents clients in complex commercial disputes, environmental claims, and securities litigation. Her experience includes engaging with the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

As pro bono counsel, Meg represents incarcerated petitioners in both federal district and appellate courts, as well as petitioners seeking asylum with the United States Customs and Immigration Service and in Immigration Court.

Prior to joining Bracewell, Meg served as law clerk to S. Bernard Goodwyn, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. She has also completed internships in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia and the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.


Recent Notable Matters

Shell Energy North America (US), L.P. — defended litigation at FERC over claims related to the 2000-2001 California energy crisis, including defense of legal challenge to long-term contract with the State of California

City in Southwestern US — successful defense in an SEC enforcement investigation related to disclosure in municipal securities offering

Westlake Vinyls, Inc. — defended owner of a chemical manufacturing facility in a cost allocation arbitration at a highly-complex Superfund site; successfully defended the arbitration agreement in a related appeal in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the validity of that agreement

Interstate natural gas pipeline company — defended challenges to Clean Water Act Section 401 certifications and FERC certificate in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and D.C. Circuits

Publications and Speeches

“Non-Federal Infrastructure Projects and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Federal Courts: The Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines,” ABA Infrastructure Magazine, Vol. 60, No. 2, Winter 2021. 

“Dysfunctional Equivalence: Why the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Provides Insufficient Guidance in the Era of Multinational Corporations,” 47 Geo. Wash. Int’l L. Rev. 191, 2015.



George Washington University Law School,
The George Washington University,
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York





BL Rankings
Best Lawyers
Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2023 - 2024
Lawdragon Inc.
Lawdragon 500 X - The Next Generation
Litigation, including Energy, White Collar and Cybersecurity, 2023
Supreme Court of Virginia
Law Clerk
U.S. Department of Justice
Criminal Division, Fraud Section, Intern
Superior Court for the District of Columbia
George Washington Criminal Appellate Clinic
Student Attorney
George Washington University Law School
The George Washington International Law Review
Executive Notes Editor
Moot Court Board
Executive Board Member
K.K. Luthra International Criminal Law Moot Court
Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court