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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 858-597-9611 or mewalker@fisherphillips.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.