|Meghan Fenzel represents clients nationwide with a focus on media law, intermediary liability, copyright, trademark, privacy, defamation, and open access. She is a litigator with experience in state and federal court at both the trial and appellate level. Meghan also counsels clients on content moderation, fair use, surveillance, and internet law.
Prior to joining Jassy Vick Carolan, Meghan was an intellectual property and commercial litigation associate at a large private law firm. She maintained an active pro bono practice, including a successful Ninth Circuit FOIA appeal for the Center for Investigative Reporting, for which the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California Chapter awarded her the 2021 James Madison Freedom of Information Award for Legal Counsel.
While a student at Berkeley Law, Meghan interned for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, worked with the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic, and externed for Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She served on the executive committee of the California Law Review and the editorial board of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. Meghan launched Berkeley’s election law pro bono project.
Meghan is a second-career attorney who previously worked in international democracy and governance. She is professionally proficient in French. Meghan is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Colborn v. Netflix et al. (E.D. Wisc. 2023). Emmy award-winning documentary filmmakers for "Making a Murderer," winning summary judgment for defendants in a defamation case.
Elliot v. Lions Gate Ent. Corp., 2022 WL 17408662 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 8, 2022). The production company of the docuseries "Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult," successfully bringing an anti-SLAPP motion and dismissing a defamation lawsuit in its entirety.
Fowler v. Vary, (S.D.N.Y. 2022). A nonparty journalist, asserting the reporter’s privilege to protect the confidentiality of sources and unpublished newsgathering material in high-profile litigation.
Bay Area News Group v. County of Alameda (Superior Ct. 2022). A regional newspaper group, petitioning for right of access to case files related to an investigation of social services’ failure to protect a juvenile abuse victim.
An investigative journalism non-profit, successfully appealing the denial of FOIA access to firearm tracing data.*
An internet security company, winning summary judgment in a contributory copyright case.*
A food and beverage company, winning partial summary judgment on damages in a trademark infringement suit.*
A cloud computing provider, defending a multidistrict consumer class action arising from a data breach of customer accounts.*
A fintech company, dismissing an online trademark dispute for lack of personal jurisdiction.*
A number of online platforms, providing counseling on ECPA/SCA/CLOUD Act and responding to government subpoenas and data requests.*
Freedom of Information Award
Internet Law & Policy Foundry
Media Law Resource Center
UC Berkeley School of Law (JD, 2018)
Senior Online Editor
California Law Review
New York University (MA, 2008)
Tufts University (BA, magna cum laude, 2007)