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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.