Meghan Lewis graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law at the height of the Great Recession. She’s now a shareholder and managing attorney at Sandberg Phoenix’s Kansas City office. But she says that her career looked uncertain upon graduation, even after serving on the editorial board of the Missouri Law Review and working as a research assistant.
“Now, I genuinely enjoy my work, and I’m helping to inspire younger generations to pursue their career goals,” Lewis says.
Lewis mentors first- and second-year associates at the firm. She is also active with the Griffiths Leadership Society of the Mizzou Alumni Association, and serves as a mentor to undergraduate women.
“Formal and informal mentorship is a critical aspect for well-prepared and ethical lawyers,” she says. “I want to help retain and promote underrepresented groups in our profession. All of us must work together to ensure a fair and just legal system.”
As a shareholder and the managing attorney of the firm’s Kansas City office, Lewis balances her work as a civil litigator and appellate attorney with her firm leadership responsibilities.
Her legal practice is in the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith, business litigation, personal injury defense and appellate advocacy. She has significant experience in handling complex contractual disputes, business torts, professional liability and product liability issues. Her colleagues regard her as a valuable resource in legal research, analysis and writing. These key skills enable her to represent clients in all phases of litigation, including appeals.
Lewis joined Sandberg Phoenix seven years ago, just as the Kansas City office was beginning to grow. The firm employs more than 150 attorneys across six offices in Missouri and Illinois. Its focus on growth with a commitment to talent and diversity continues.
Lewis runs an office of 15 staff members and 14 attorneys. She manages the budget, develops the strategic vision, and drives local business development efforts. She also helped guide the office through a global pandemic by keeping morale up and assisting with the work-from-home transition. When a colleague passed away unexpectedly this year, she provided the support and guidance for her team during a difficult time.
“Seeing the growth in our office and the camaraderie that we’ve built is rewarding for me,” Lewis says. “The trajectory we’re on is really exciting.”
In her leisure time, Lewis chairs the Municipal Art Commission of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and is a member of the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri. She is also the mother of two “very busy toddlers.”