A founding member of Dowd Bennett LLP, Megan Heinsz represents and defends corporate and individual clients at the state, federal, district and appellate levels, and in arbitration.
With a national practice that takes her to courtrooms throughout the United States, Megan defends multinational corporations in allegations ranging from exposure to hazardous toxins and trade secret violations, to gender discrimination and FCA violations. Her corporate clients include global entities in the oil and gas, beverage, electric power and healthcare industries.
Megan appears regularly in federal district courts in Missouri, Massachusetts, Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, Kansas and Georgia, as well as multiple state courts.
In 2015, Megan assisted Jim Bennett, Ed Dowd and co-counsel in attaining the largest reported verdict in the history of the St. Louis County Circuit Court. The jury ordered Wells Fargo to repay $45.7 million to the Barbara Burton Morriss Revocable Trust and pay Mrs. Morriss $32.1 million in punitive damages.
Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Megan was an associate in the litigation department at Bryan Cave LLP.
Assisted Jim Bennett, Ed Dowd and co-counsel in May 2015, in attaining the largest reported verdict in the history of St. Louis County Circuit Court. The jury ordered Wells Fargo to repay the Barbara Burton Morriss Revocable Trust $45,766,033.81, and to pay Mrs. Morriss $32,100,000.00 in punitive damages.
Megan and the Dowd Bennett trial team were victorious in the three-week jury trial, Katz v. Anheuser-Busch
A Galveston County, Texas jury returned a unanimous verdict on December 11, 2014 for Dowd Bennett client Valero Texas Refining.
In December 2012, Ms. Heinsz played a role in successfully trying to jury the case of Automation Service v. Emerson Process Management and Fisher Controls
August of 2012, Ms. Heinsz participated in the case of Fresenius Medical Care v. United States of America, which was tried to a jury in the District of Massachusetts (Boston), and resulted in a $95 million tax benefit for her client.
In U.S. ex rel. Gonzalez v. Fresenius Medical Care et al., Ms. Heinsz aided in trying to a successful jury verdict a seven-count False Claims Act case in a month-long trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas.
Megan also served as part of the trial team of Bi-State v. Cross Country Collaborative, where she contributed to all aspects of the trial, including the preparation of and cross-examination of witnesses, opening statement and closing argument.
Prior to that, she has acted as second-chair trial counsel in two other successful jury trials in federal court, Creative Management Services, Inc. v. Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Brent v. Redfearn.
J.D., with honors, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
B.A., magna cum laude, with honors, University of Missouri-Columbia
Hon. Patricia Breckenridge, Missouri Court of Appeals-Western District
Hon. E. Richard Webber, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Missouri Super Lawyer, 2016
Missouri Lawyers Weekly Awards, Plaintiffs Attorneys with Largest Reported Verdict/Judgment, 2016
Dowd Bennett is a litigation firm with extensive courtroom experience. Led by trial-seasoned lawyers, including former federal prosecutors and judicial law clerks, our team shares tenacity, a passion for seeing cases through trial and a complete commitment to client service.