Megan Nishikawa | San Francisco | Hogan Lovells

Megan Nishikawa

Office Managing Partner Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment




Megan Nishikawa
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Recognized as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, Megan Nishikawa skillfully guides clients through high-stakes commercial and product liability matters thanks to her extensive case management, discovery, deposition, dispositive motion, and trial experience. Megan represents energy, chemical, consumer, and pharmaceutical clients in complex disputes in both state and federal courts across the United States.

Having represented a variety of clients in their most complex disputes, Megan understands the need for innovative legal strategies that complement her client’s business goals. She is a skilled negotiator who achieves effective settlements, and has the necessary skill set to prepare a case for trial when needed. With significant briefing experience at the trial and appellate levels, she efficiently leads large case teams through complicated and extensive discovery. 

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Megan served in several leadership roles at an international law firm and assisted oil and chemical companies in their toughest disputes.

Representative experience

Represented a publicly traded company against claims of tortious interference and unfair competition and trade practices in state court.*

Defended a global automotive manufacturer against a government investigation and civil lawsuits brought as a result of allegedly defective emissions technology.*

Defended a multinational chemical corporation against breach of contract and other commercial claims relating to an allegedly defective component part.*

Defended a multinational chemical company in a docket of drinking water contamination cases brought by California water purveyors relating to the use of agricultural and industrial chemicals.*

Defended a multinational energy corporation in numerous actions filed by over 30,000 community residents alleging personal injuries and other damages in connection with a refinery fire.*

Prosecuted idea theft, breach of implied contract, and other claims against a publicly traded company on behalf of one of that company’s co-founders

Defended a manufacturer against personal injury and wrongful death claims relating to alleged air emissions

Defended a telecommunications company against product liability and other claims 

Defended a chemical manufacturing company against design defect and manufacturing defect claims nationwide 

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.


  • J.D., University of Colorado Boulder, 2010
  • B.A., Macalester College, cum laude, with honors, 2006
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • California
Court admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • American Bar Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Alameda Bar Association


Named in the Top 40 Under 40 in California

Daily Journal