Meredith C. Slawe

Co-Chair, Class Actions

Philadelphia

(215) 665-4175

(215) 665-2013

Recent News:

Class Action Litigators Michael W. McTigue Jr. and Meredith C. Slawe Bring Team to Cozen O'Connor to Spearhead National Class Actions Practice; Recognized White Collar Defense Attorney and Trial Lawyer Mira Baylson Joins

Continuing the firm’s strategic expansion of complex litigation and investigations practices and the premier Technology, Privacy and Data Security Team

Meredith is a recognized authority in the national class actions defense bar. She represents businesses in a range of industries in class actions across the country. Her cases often implicate cutting-edge privacy and consumer protection issues under federal and state statutes. Meredith has been widely acknowledged for her mastery of the facts and the law and for her strategic and thoughtful defense of litigation. She routinely secures early dispositive victories on the pleadings that spare clients the costs and burdens associated with protracted litigation. She has been the architect of strategies to prompt plaintiffs to voluntarily dismiss their claims, to compel arbitration, to obtain dismissals on the pleadings and at summary judgment, to strike class allegations, to defeat class certification, and to prevail on the merits in arbitration proceedings. Meredith is also a thought leader on the issue of consumer arbitration, and drafts, revises, interposes, and enforces arbitration agreements and class action waivers in consumer contracts. Meredith’s proven record of success, combined with her practical, accessible, and business-oriented approach, have made her the go-to class actions lawyer for several of the country’s leading businesses. 

Meredith is also co-chair of the firm’s cross-practice Retail Industry Group and counsel to many prominent retailers and consumer-facing companies. She represents retailers in consumer class actions and advises them on related compliance issues to mitigate litigation and enforcement risk. She has deep experience advising retailers and consumer companies on compliance with federal and state privacy laws, including the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA), Song-Beverly Credit Card Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Shine the Light Law, and other federal and state privacy-based laws. She also works closely with retailers to reduce litigation exposure under assorted consumer protection statutes, including California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL), Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), and False Advertising Law (FAL). Meredith counsels retailers on issues related to COVID-19, including contracts, leases, dynamic pricing, asset protection, health and safety measures, data privacy, store operations, e-commerce, shipping delays, policies and procedures, and tort liability. Meredith is a member of the firm’s Coronavirus Task Force.

Meredith represents industry groups, including the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Retail Litigation Center (RLC), in class actions and privacy proceedings, including before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Meredith’s work on behalf of the retail community led her to be selected as the designated consumer class actions lawyer for the RLC’s Defense Division. In 2018, Meredith received a certificate from Harvard Business School in connection with its Senior Leaders in Retail Executive Program and a certificate from ShopTalk. 

Meredith was elected to the American Law Institute (ALI) and the American Bar Foundation (ABF) in 2019, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Meredith is frequently invited to speak and write on issues pertaining to class actions, privacy, consumer arbitration, and the retail industry. She is a guest lecturer on privacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and has presented at the Annenberg School of Communications. In addition, Meredith has been a featured speaker at conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association (ABA), Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), RILA, RLC, the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). She led a boot camp at the Retail Law Conference on the CCPA and moderated a panel discussion of chief privacy officers. Meredith recently presented programs on strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19-related tort and class action litigation and on anticipated federal and state government enforcement proceedings to retail in-house counsel at RLC member meetings. 

Meredith is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, and speaks regularly on issues pertaining to women in the profession to law students, practitioners and the business community. She has been recognized for her significant efforts on behalf of women in the law with awards from the Kilgore Society, The American Lawyer, and the Legal Intelligencer, among others. Meredith is a member of the firm’s Women's Initiative. Meredith is a graduate of Leadership Philadelphia, is actively involved in community nonprofits, and serves on multiple boards and committees including the National Museum of American Jewish History Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Museum of Art Corporate Executive Board, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School Alumni Board of Managers.

Meredith earned her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

News

Justices Set To Rattle TCPA Landscape With Autodialer Case

July 09, 2020

Michael McTigue and Meredith Slawe were quoted in a Law360 article discussing the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to grant cert in a case addressing the definition of an autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Meredith Slawe Honored as a 2020 Professional Excellence Award Winner

June 10, 2020

Meredith Slawe, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Class Actions practice, has been recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as a 2020 Professional Excellence Award winner in the Best Law Firm Mentors category.

Cozen O'Connor snaps up high-profile litigation team

May 28, 2020

Cozen O'Connor was highlighted for their recent additions of two of the country's leading class action litigators.

Class Action Litigators Bring Team to Cozen O'Connor: Michael W. McTigue Jr. and Meredith C. Slawe Spearhead National Class Actions Practice; Recognized White Collar Defense Attorney and Trial Lawyer Mira Baylson Joins

May 27, 2020

Continuing the firm’s strategic expansion of complex litigation and investigations practices and the premier Technology, Privacy and Data Security Team

'Copy-and-paste' lawsuit demanding Braille gift cards rejected; Lawyer had Banana Republic as a restaurant

May 01, 2020

Meredith Slawe and Michael McTigue were quoted in Legal Newsline discussing a ruling in a lawsuit involving Banana Republic and how this will likely will be applied toward hundreds of similar cases in New York courts.

How the Retail Litigation Center Helps General Counsel Deal With Changing Times

November 14, 2019

Meredith Slawe was quoted in Corporate Counsel discussing the the Retail Litigation Center and the different positive impacts it has been having on all those involved.

Retail Cases And Trends To Watch In 2019

January 01, 2019

Meredith Slawe was quoted in a Law360 article discussing how vacating the 2015 order and kicking it back to the commission has sent shock waves through the retail world.

FCC Ditches Junk Fax Opt-Out Rule As Bigger Issues Loom

November 09, 2018

Meredith Slawe and Michael McTigue were quoted in Law360 discussing The Federal Communications Commission formally eliminating an opt-out notice requirement for solicited faxes.

Publications

What High Court Ruling Means For TCPA's Future

July 07, 2020

Michael McTigue, Meredith Slawe, and Daniel Brewer published an article in Law360 analyzing the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants Inc.

Braille Gift Card Rulings Guide Defense Of ADA Claims

May 07, 2020

Meredith Slawe, Mira Baylson, Daniel Brewer and Marie Bussey-Garza co-authored an article for Law360.

International Comparative Legal Guide: USA: Consumer Protection 2020

May 07, 2020

Michael McTigue, Meredith Slawe and Marie Bussey-Garza wrote a chapter in the International Comparative Legal Guide.

Fashion Nova Case Has Lessons For Retailers Amid Pandemic

May 01, 2020

Meredith Slawe and Daniel Brewer published an article in Law360 addressing what companies are doing to accommodate customer orders through websites and mobile apps, and the safety measures they are taking to protect employees, contractors and customers.

“Banana Republic Does Not Sell Bananas”: Court Dismisses ADA Gift Card Claims

April 28, 2020

Daniel Brewer, Marie Bussey-Garza, Michael McTigue and Meredith Slawe wrote an article addressing how retailers and restaurant chains are defending against mass litigation in the New York federal courts that challenges gift cards under the ADA and state and local laws.

Second Circuit Decision Widens Circuit Split in TCPA Landscape

April 01, 2020

Meredith Slawe, Michael McTigue, Daniel Brewer and Marie Bussey-Garza contributed to an article posted on Lexology that highlights an important Second Circuit ruling aligned with the Ninth Circuit on the definition of an ATDS under the TCPA.

Key Issues for Retailers Navigating Disparate Stay-at-Home Orders and Store Closure Requirements

April 01, 2020

Meredith Slawe contributed to an alert posted on Lexology regarding the patchwork of closure orders impacting retailers with a national footprint.

New York’s State of Emergency Restricts Telemarketing Calls Through September 2020

March 01, 2020

Michael McTigue, Meredith Slawe and Daniel Brewer contributed to an article posted on Lexology that addresses heightened restrictions on telemarketing activities in New York during the pandemic.

Eleventh Circuit Decision ‘Marks’ a Further Shift in the TCPA Landscape

January 01, 2020

Michael McTigue and Meredith Slawe contributed to an article posted on Lexology addressing a key appellate court ruling in the TCPA space.

ADA Braille Gift Card Claims Shouldn't Gain Traction In NY

November 14, 2019

Meredith Slawe and Michael McTigue contributed an article on Law360 addressing how a handful of plaintiffs and their counsel, Gottlieb & Associates, filed more than 130 putative class actions in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

What Will Calif. Privacy Law’s 'Do Not Sell' Button Look Like?

November 05, 2019

Meredith Slawe and Michael McTigue published an article on Law360.

INSIGHT: One Text Message Not Enough for TCPA Lawsuit

October 03, 2019

Michael McTigue and Meredith Slawe contributed an article to Bloomberg Law examining the Eleventh Circuit ruling of how not every unsolicited text message provides an offended party the ability to sue under the TCPA.

Retail Loyalty Programs Will Survive Calif. Privacy Law

September 26, 2019

Marie Bussey-Garza and Meredith Slawe contributed an article on Law360 addressing how as final 2019 amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act were winding their way through the legislative process in Sacramento early this month, the retail industry watched A.B. 846 with special interest.

Calif. AG Must Clarify Consumer Privacy Act Right Of Access

September 05, 2019

Meredith Slawe contributed an article in Law360 analyzing The California Consumer Privacy Act, which is set to become effective in January 2020, and the new set of rights this will introduce for California consumers.

Divergent State Privacy Laws Show Need For Federal Solution

July 09, 2019

Meredith Slawe published an article in Law360 addressing how businesses nationwide are scrambling to ready themselves for a patchwork of new state privacy laws.

Calif. Businesses Avoid Privacy Class Action Explosion

May 21, 2019

Meredith Slawe contributed an article in Law360 addressing California business and their reaction to a recent privacy act.

Women in Law: Attorneys Discuss Breaking the Glass Ceiling at Local Firms

May 07, 2019

Meredith Slawe published an article, "Women in Law: Attorneys Discuss Breaking the Glass Ceiling at Local Firms."

A New Spin on Song-Beverly Act Litigation Against Retailers

April 23, 2019

Meredith Slawe published an article in the National Law Review addressing California's requirements for the collection of consumers’ personally identifiable information (PII).

Rosenbach v. Six Flags - Illinois Supreme Court Takes Expansive View Of Statutory Standing Under The Biometric Information Privacy Act

April 01, 2019

Meredith Slawe contributed to an article in the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal on this impactful decision that cleared the way for BIPA plaintiffs in Illinois state court.

Highlights From FCC's Reassigned Number Database Order

January 09, 2019

Meredith Slawe and Michael McTigue published an article in Law360 regarding the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approving of the establishment of a comprehensive database of mobile numbers that would allow callers to ascertain whether a number was subject to reassignment to another user before calling that number.

2 Courts Accept Contract Terms That Limit TCPA Exposure

September 12, 2018

Meredith Slawe and Michael McTigue published an article in Law360 addressing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Justice Gorsuch Casts Deciding Vote Rejecting NLRB’s Prohibition on Class Action Waivers

May 22, 2018

Meredith Slawe published an article in the National Law Review addressing the United States Supreme Court, overturning the National Labor Relations Board’s (the “Board”) ruling that class action waivers violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

No Harm, No Foul: NJ Supreme Court Rejects No-Injury “Gotcha” Suits Under TCCWNA

April 17, 2018

Meredith Slawe contributed an article in the National Law Review analyzing the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA).

Biometrics Litigation: An Evolving Landscape

April 02, 2018

Michael McTigue and Meredith Slawe published an article, "Biometrics Litigation: An Evolving Landscape."

A Call for Change: D.C. Circuit Dials Back FCC’s 2015 TCPA Ruling

March 29, 2018

Meredith Slawe published an article in the National Law Review addressing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issuance of its long-awaited decision in ACA Int’l v. FCC, courts and how litigants must determine the implications of this watershed decision.

Worth the Wait! D.C. Circuit Vacates Key Portions of FCC’s July 2015 TCPA Order

March 01, 2018

Meredith Slawe authored “Worth the Wait! D.C. Circuit Vacates Key Portions of FCC’s July 2015 TCPA Order” in the March 2018 issue of National Law Review.

Buyer Beware: Facial Recognition and the Current Legal Landscape

February 14, 2018

Meredith Slawe contributed an article in the National Law Review addressing recent new technology features and the risks behind it.

The Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Online Sales Tax Case

January 18, 2018

Meredith Slawe contributed an article in the National Law Review addressing The United States Supreme Court recently granting a petition for certiorari in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., Overstock.com, Inc., and Newegg, Inc., No. 17-494.

Here We Come A-Revoking: Professional Plaintiffs Target Text Messaging

December 21, 2017

Meredith Slawe published an article in the National Law Review analyzing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and how this is impacting the retail world.

Well-Crafted PII Capture Policies Are Vital For Retailers

July 13, 2017

Meredith Slawe contributed an article in Law360 addressing how many retailers will recall the barrage of cases filed in California and Massachusetts from 2011 – 2013 relating to the collection of consumers’ ZIP codes as part of in-store credit card transactions.

Florida Federal Court Rules That Winn-Dixie’s Website Violated the ADA

July 07, 2017

Meredith Slawe published an article in the National Law Review addressing the issue of retailers throughout the country being besieged by lawsuits and demand letters alleging that their websites are not accessible to the visually impaired and that this lack of accessibility violates Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

As Contemplated By the FCC?: TCPA Defendant Seeks Indemnification From Consumer Who Provided Plaintiff’s Mobile Number

July 06, 2017

Meredith Slawe published an article in the National Law Review analyzing how one of the central issues in the consolidated appeal from the FCC’s July 10, 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order is whether the term “called party” refers to the intended or actual recipient of the call.

Suit Shopping: Deceptive Pricing Class Actions Persist Articles

May 01, 2017

Meredith Slawe published an article, "Suit Shopping: Deceptive Pricing Class Actions Persist Articles."

Plaintiffs Continue To Target Retail Text Programs

March 27, 2017

Meredith Slawe published an article in Law360 explaining how the explosion of litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act showed no signs of slowing in the first quarter of 2017.

Illinois Biometrics Legislation Sets Trend

February 17, 2017

Meredith Slawe published an article in Law360.

Time For A Timeout In TCPA Litigation

August 08, 2016

Meredith Slawe published an article in Law360 addressing how new Telephone Consumer Protection Act cases are filed every day.

The Rise Of The Professional TCPA Plaintiff

July 07, 2016

Meredith Slawe and Michael McTigue published an article in Law360.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Boot Camp

October 01, 2019 - Nashville, TN

Differentiate Yourself With Data Analytics

April 01, 2018 - New York, NY

ACC Litigation Roundtable

November 01, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

Customer Engagement Compliance & Legislation Review

February 01, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

TCPA Class Actions

September 01, 2016

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2005
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., 2001

Awards & Honors

Best Law Firm Mentor, The Legal Intelligencer, 2020

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star (Class Actions)

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection), The Legal 500 US, 2019

Pennsylvania Litigation, Client Choice Award, 2019

Under 40 Hot List, Benchmark Litigation, 2017 and 2018

40 Under 40, Philadelphia Business Journal, 2017

Rising Star Award, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2016

Top Women in Law, American Lawyer, 2016

Lawyer on the Fast Track, The Legal Intelligencer, 2016

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

American Bar Foundation, Fellow

American Law Institute, Member

Bloomberg Law, Member, Litigation Innovation Board

Brandeis Law Society, Member

Dartmouth Lawyers Association, Member

Moore College of Art and Design, Member, Visionary Women’s Committee

National Museum of American Jewish History, Member, Board of Trustees

Penn Law Alumni Society, Member, Board of Managers

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Member, Corporate Executive Board

Retail Litigation Center, Member, Defense Division