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Freed Marcroft » Meghan Freed

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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.

Meghan founded Freed Marcroft to bring the best of her big firm and big corporate legal experience to individual and small business clients.  She is particularly experienced with alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation, and is a graduate of Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation.

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 disputes across the country.  (Her favorite kind of boiler is a black liquor recovery boiler.)  Earlier in her career, Meghan was associated with the firms of Shipman & Goodwin and Bingham McCutchen.

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.

Meghan is particularly proud of her estate planning, matrimonial, immigration, and small business legal 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 the Human Rights Campaign.  In 2013 Meghan appeared on WNPR’s Colin McEnroe Show speaking about the state of divorce – same sex or otherwise, and 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.  She is a founding executive board member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s LGBT Section and currently serves as its Vice Chair. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Hartford County Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association, the Greater Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and the Metro Hartford Alliance. She has served as a Commissioner on the City of Hartford Zoning Board of Appeals since being appointed in 2009.

Meghan loves Hartford, writing, traveling, skiing, biking, and the beach and the woods.  She is a proud supporter of the arts in Hartford and currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Greater Hartford Arts Council and on 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.  She devotes the majority of her pro bono legal work to local arts organizations.

In 2013, Meghan was named a Hartford Business Journal 40 Under Forty winner, and a Connecticut Law Tribune New Leader of the Law. She was included on the New England Super Lawyers® Rising Star list in 2013 for general litigation, and again in 2014 for her estate planning work. In 2014 the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF) named her one of 40 Women for the Next 40 Years.

Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.

—Shakespeare