Meredith C. Slawe has been named one of 2017’s “40 Under 40” by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The annual list recognizes a select group of young leaders who are proven performers in their respective industries and who have shaped the community in ways that have made Greater Philadelphia a better place to live and work. This year, the Philadelphia Business Journal received 400 nominations for the 40 spots – the most it has ever received.
Meredith joined Drinker Biddle as a summer associate in 2004 and as a first-year associate in 2005. Meredith is presently a partner in Drinker Biddle’s Litigation Group, a Vice Chair of the firm’s Class Actions Team and Co-Chair of the Retail Industry Group. Meredith focuses on the defense of proposed class actions and complex litigation matters in federal and state courts across the country. She has extensive experience representing businesses in a wide range of cases, including matters related to cutting-edge technology and privacy issues. Her clients include leading companies across industries and she has an outstanding record of success. Meredith has a deep understanding of her clients’ businesses and serves as their trusted advisor. She counsels companies on compliance with a variety of consumer protection statutes and looks to anticipate and avoid litigation exposure whenever possible.
Meredith has extensive experience representing some of the world’s most recognized retailers in high-stakes consumer class action litigation. She has deep knowledge of the present-day issues facing the industry in its business operations (both brick-and-mortar and e-commerce). She represents leading retailers in some of their largest litigation matters and serves as counsel to the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) in a high-profile Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) proceeding before the Federal Communications Commission. Meredith has extensive experience addressing key issues facing retailers, including data privacy and security, product labeling, text message programs, marketing and advertising practices, website compliance, consumer outreach programs, behavioral marketing and mobile tracking, promotional and alleged “false-reference” pricing, country of origin claims, receipt truncation, automatic renewals and call recording. Meredith is a frequent writer on these topics and has been published in Law360, Practical Law Journal/Thomson Reuters, The National Law Review, Association of Corporate Counsel Newsletter and other outlets. She also participates in panels and webinars with in-house counsel and other practitioners and recently lectured on privacy class actions at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Meredith serves as Chair of Drinker Biddle’s Summer Associate Program and as a member of its Women’s Leadership Committee and Association of Corporate Counsel Committee. She is a partner liaison to the Associates Committee and a mentor to associates through the firm’s formal Mentoring Program. She also helped to spearhead the firm’s California Retail Class Actions Group. Outside of the firm, Meredith serves on the Corporate Executive Board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Board of Managers and the Moore College of Art and Design Visionary Women Awards Planning Committee. An avid singer and pianist, Meredith has performed with the Philly Pops Festival Chorus at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Meredith also mentors law students and junior lawyers and is a frequent speaker on issues related to women in the legal profession.
In 2016, Meredith was a recipient of the “Rising Star Award” from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (see her related remarks) and a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” award from ALM and the Legal Intelligencer. ALM selected her out of its 2016 winners to serve as the guest judge on its 2017 selection committee.
Meredith is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband, Daniel (Senior Corporate Counsel with SAP and Treasurer of the ACC, Greater Philadelphia Chapter), their three young children and their English cocker spaniel.
The 2017 “40 Under 40” award recipients will be honored at an event on May 11, 2017, at SugarHouse Casino.Read the Philadelphia Business Journal’s announcement.