About Me

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After receiving nearly a full-ride scholarship to attend law school, I graduated in the top 5% of my class from California Western School of Law in December of 2011. I graduated law school a published author after “Take the Money and Run: A Case for Benchmarking in the New Market Tax Credit Program (47 Cal. W. L. Rev. 411)” was published in the California Western Law Review. If you have trouble falling asleep at night, I can send you a copy.

While in law school, I worked for a San Diego Superior Court judge, a United States Magistrate Judge, and the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. After passing the California Bar Exam, I worked for a law firm specializing in civil litigation. Shortly thereafter, I began a two-year term as a judicial law clerk to a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. The judge later asked me to return for a third year.

As a judicial law clerk, I spent the vast majority of my time preparing draft orders on pretrial motions involving dismissal, discovery, contempt, and summary judgment. I also attended settlement conferences on average five to six times a week and served as a liaison between attorneys and the judge. Because I spent all my time in court, I also became very knowledgeable about federal civil procedure.

While working for the court, I came across so many poorly-written, lazily-researched, and analysis-devoid briefs. I had to prepare orders on whatever type of motion came through the door, so I needed to be a quick learner and expert researcher. I love writing and the intellectual stimulation that comes with figuring out tough legal issues and crafting a beautifully structured brief. A freelance legal research and writing practice is a natural progression from my experience working in chambers, where I spent hundreds of hours poring over cases, dissecting briefs, and preparing draft rulings.

I am married to a Navy helicopter pilot and live in San Diego, CA. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, drinking wine with friends, and kayaking.  I love having a flexible, remote practice that allows me to travel with my husband to wherever the Navy sends us.  As a freelance attorney, I am able to work remotely from any corner of the globe.

Click here for Meghan Dohoney’s resume (PDF)

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