Meghan Freed, Attorney
Meghan was in Glamour Magazine.
(For a graduation speech.)
She’s also frequently called to comment on legal issues in Connecticut publications, and can fold a mean origami crane.
The majority of Meghan’s practice focuses on Freed Marcroft’s family law and estate planning and probate practice areas. She is particularly experienced with alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, is a graduate of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, and has supplemented her formal legal education with advanced training in mediation. She is a member of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.
Meghan has been widely recognized for her leadership in the legal community. In 2013, Meghan was named a Hartford Business Journal 40 Under Forty winner, and a Connecticut Law TribuneNew Leader of the Law. She was included on the New England Super Lawyers® Rising Star list in 2013 for general litigation, in 2014 for her estate planning work, and again in 2015 for her family law work. In 2014 the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) named her one of 40 Women for the Next 40 Years.
Meghan is also particularly proud of her practice within the LGBT community. Her name appears in the Connecticut Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision on marriage equality, Kerrigan v. Commissioner of Public Health, for which she co-authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of theHuman Rights Campaign. Meghan has appeared on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe Show speaking about the state of divorce – same sex or otherwise, WNPR’s Where We Live, discussing the impact of the United States Supreme Court’s decisions in the same sex marriage cases, United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry, and on Lite 100.5 FM WRCH discussing the impact of divorce on clients’ emotional health. She is a founding executive board member of theConnecticut Bar Association’s LGBT Section and currently serves as its Chair. In 2015 she was named one of the National LGBT Bar Association‘s Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.
Meghan attended Mount Holyoke College and the only thing people want to talk about when they see Meghan’s resume is that she was named one of the top women commencement speakers in the country by Glamour Magazine when she gave the address at her college graduation. In 2004, she received her law degree cum laude from the Western New England College School of Law, which she attended on a full, merit-based scholarship. While there, she served as the Managing Editor of the Western New England Law Review, and received the highest distinction conferred by the Law School, the Norman Prance Award. Meghan is admitted to practice in Connecticut and before the District of Connecticut, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Tax Court.
Prior to Freed Marcroft, Meghan spent five years as Counsel to the Hartford Steam Boiler where she managed the Company’s litigation and negotiated settlements in complex financial lawsuits across the country. Earlier in her career, Meghan was associated with the firms of Shipman & Goodwin and Bingham McCutchen. Meghan’s experience as a complex commercial litigator and an estates attorney puts her in a unique position to help Freed Marcroft’s clients resolve complicated financial issues.
Meghan loves Hartford, writing, traveling, skiing, yoga, and the beach and the woods. She has served as a Commissioner on the City of Hartford Zoning Board of Appeals since her appointment in 2009. She is a proud supporter of the arts in Hartford, and devotes the majority of her pro bono legal work to local arts organizations. She currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Greater Hartford Arts Council and on the Board of Overseers for The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, and is President of the Board of Incorporators of The iQuilt Plan. She was Vice President of the Board of the former Hartford Children’s Theatre, and is an original board member of Night Fall. In May, 2015 she was elected as a Board member of theHartford County Bar Association, the oldest Bar Association in the country (founded in a tavern in 1783!). She is a Justice of the Peace, a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, theNational LGBT Bar Association, the Greater Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Metro Hartford Alliance, Business for Downtown Hartford, and theConnecticut Women’s Council.