Meredith R. Aska McBride
Associate / Chicago

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Meredith is a creative, thoughtful, and strategic advocate who represents clients in all phases of complex civil and criminal matters. Her experience spans the lifecycle of a case, including investigating and developing the factual record, strategizing discovery, leading and drafting dispositive motions, preparing and deposing fact and expert witnesses, and preserving issues for and subsequently litigating appeals. Meredith’s approach draws on her cross-disciplinary methodological training, leveraging technical and complex bodies of evidence to craft compelling written and oral advocacy. With a particular focus on clients in highly regulated industries such as healthcare, banking, and insurance, she has successfully defended class actions, civil and criminal securities matters, and False Claims Act suits, and navigated government and regulatory investigations to favorable outcomes. She also has significant experience representing False Claims Act plaintiff-relators at both the district court and appellate levels, and currently focuses her False Claims Act practice exclusively on the relator side. Meredith’s pro bono practice focuses on criminal appeals and post-conviction proceedings, and she has litigated, and won, several cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Outside her client-facing practice, Meredith is committed to increasing disability access and inclusion within and beyond the legal profession. She lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and ADHD, and serves on several different boards and committees related to disability issues, including the Associate Board of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Meredith is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

Prior to joining Goldman Ismail, Meredith practiced at a national law firm and clerked for Judge David F. Hamilton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Judge Edmond E. Chang of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She graduated first in her class from Northwestern Law, where she also served as the inaugural empirical articles editor for the Northwestern University Law Review. Before law school, Meredith worked as a musician, educator, and social scientist.

  • White Collar, Investigations, Government Enforcement, and False Claims Act
    • Represented financial institution in complex multistate False Claims Act litigation, including drafting successful motion to reconsider dispositive issue; handled cross-jurisdictional appellate strategy and served as member of trial team.
    • Represented financial institution to highly favorable resolution in cross-border Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation.
    • Represented individual corporate officers in SEC investigation.
    • Appointed as deputy special prosecutor in high-profile prosecutorial misconduct case.
    • Represented plaintiff-relator in suit leading to one of the largest False Claims Act settlements ever against a defense contractor.
    • Drafted opening brief in landmark appellate victory for False Claims Act plaintiff-relator.
    Complex Commercial, Securities, and Shareholder Litigation
    • Drafted successful motion to dismiss on behalf of health insurer in Medicaid class action.
    • Represented public company in Delaware indemnification dispute.
    • Drafted dispositive motions on behalf of accounting firm in parallel federal and state securities class actions.
    Appellate and Supreme Court
    • Drafted interlocutory appeals, appeals of right, petitions for certiorari, and merits briefing in Illinois, Tennessee, and California state courts.
    • Drafted merits and amicus briefing in more than a dozen U.S. Supreme Court cases.
    • Drafted numerous petitions for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding regulatory and criminal defense issues, including two successful petitions:
      • Brown v. U.S., 2023
      • Kahler v. Kansas, 2019
    • Associate, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP
    • Associate, Sidley Austin LLP
    • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude)
      • John Paul Stevens Prize (first in class)
      • Order of the Coif
      • Empirical Articles Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
      • Lowden-Wigmore Prize
      • Bornet & Scott Hodes Prize
      • Senior Research Honors
      • Kirkland and Ellis Scholar
      • Arlyn Miner Book Award
    • The University of Chicago (Ph.D., A.M. in Ethnomusicology)
      • Urban Doctoral Fellow
    • University of Pennsylvania (B.A. in Music, magna cum laude with distinction)
    • Honorable David F. Hamilton, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • Honorable Edmond E. Chang, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
    • Member, Young Alumni Leadership Council, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
    • Board Member, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Associate Board
    • Using disability inclusion to drive talent retention and reduce conflict,” Corporate Disputes Magazine, January-March 2024
    • Colleen Lauerman, Meredith Aska McBride, Kamila Rivas, and Daniel Rubinstein, “DOJ’s revised enforcement policy leaves self-disclosure dilemma,” Corporate Secretary, February 27, 2023
    • “Private Policy: Rethinking State Action in Education Law (and Beyond),” 50 J.L. Educ. 81, 2021.
    • “Parity as Comparative Capacity: A New Empirics of the Parity Debate,” 90 U. Cin. L. Rev. 69, 2021.
    • “The Character of Law: A Normative Critique of Social-Emotional Learning Laws,” 114 Nw. U. L. Rev. 193, 2019.
    • Co-author, “Arts Education and Social-Emotional Learning: A Theory of Action,” University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, 2019
    • State of Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
    • U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois – General
    • U.S. Supreme Court