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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 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.