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Ms. Walker

Megan Walker

Associate, Fisher Phillips

Megan E. Walker is an associate attorney with labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips in San Diego, California. Ms. Walker represents a variety of employers in litigation matters, including wage and hour litigation, harassment and discrimination and regulatory compliance.

Before her legal career, Ms. Walker produced the world premiere of an off-Broadway play, provided research support to financial and legal professionals in global mergers & acquisitions, and worked as an analyst in merchandise planning and allocation at a Fortune 500 fashion retail conglomerate.

While in law school, Ms. Walker was an Articles Editor for the Ohio State Law Journal and served as President of the Business Law Society. She also served as an extern for the Honorable Judge Michael H. Watson in the Southern District of Ohio, where she not only assisted on projects at the district court level but also for the 6th Circuit when Judge Watson sat on an appellate panel by designation.

Ms. Walker earned CALI awards for excellence in multiple courses, including Legal Analysis & Writing II at Ohio State and Employment Law as a visiting student at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Ms. Walker serves on the Board of Directors for the Lawyers Club of San Diego, and she currently co-chairs the club's Human Trafficking Collaborative. Additionally, she volunteers as a pro-bono attorney through Casa Cornelia Law Center, where she assists victims of violent crimes and human trafficking who have provided assistance to law enforcement apply for U and T Visas.

Ms. Walker earned her J.D. from the Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law in 2014 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from New York University in 2006.

Please visit http://www.fisherphillips.com/attorneys-mwalker-1 for more information.

Ms. Walker can be contacted at +1 858-597-9611 or mewalker@fisherphillips.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.