Ellen Meriwether has been a litigation partner with the firm since its inception in 1992 and is resident in its Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Office.
Meriwether has represented clients in all the firm's major industry areas, including pharmaceuticals, airlines, insurance and financial services, technology and manufacturing. Her recent practice has emphasized antitrust and consumer fraud and protection and she is currently representing plaintiffs in pending MDL matters including: In re NCAA Student Athlete Name and Likeness Litigation (N.D. Cal.); In re CertainTeed Fiber Cement Siding Litig. (E.D.Pa); and In re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation, (D.N.J.). Meriwether has had an active role in some of the firm's most recent successful actions including: Nichols v. SmithKlineBeecham Corp. (E.D. Pa.) (consumer and third party payor settlement of $65 million); In re Relafen Antitrust Litigation (D. Mass.) (consumer and third party settlement of $75 million).
Meriwether was 2012 Chair of the Federal Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and has chaired several of its subcommittees in past years. She is the course planner and moderator for the Committee's [delete annual] presentation of "My First Federal Trial," an award-winning program that gives young lawyers the opportunity to hear from a panel of federal judges from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Her professional educational activities also include service for five years as an Adjunct Professor in the honors program of LaSalle University.
Meriwether is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute and the Editorial Board of ANTITRUST, a publication by the section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association. Ms. Meriwether is a frequent presenter and lecturer on topics relating to complex, class action and antitrust litigation and has published a number of articles on those subjects including "Comcast Corp. v. Behrend: Game Changing or Business as Usual?," Antitrust, Vol. 27, No. 3, Summer 2013; "Class Action Waiver And the Effective Vindication Doctrine At the Antitrust/Arbitration Crossroads,"
Antitrust, Vol. 3, Summer 2012; "The Hazards of Dukes: Antitrust Plaintiffs Need Not Fear the Supreme Court's Decision," Antitrust, Vol. 26, No. 1, Fall 2011; "Economic Experts: The Challenges of Gatekeepers and Complexity," Antitrust, Vol. 25, No. 3 Summer 2011; "Putting the "Squeeze" On Refusal to Deal Cases: Lessons from Trinko and linkLine," Antitrust, Vol. 24, No. 2, Spring 2010; and "Rigorous Analysis in Certification of Antitrust Class Actions: A Plaintiffs' Perspective," Antitrust, Vol. 21, No. 3, Summer 2007.
Since 2010, Meriwether was included in the US News and World Report Publication of "Best Lawyers in America" in the field of Antitrust Law, and in 2007, she was recognized in Philadelphia Magazine's Annual Survey as one of the "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers" in Pennsylvania. Ms. Meriwether has been named a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" in each of the past seven years and has attained the highest rating, "AV", from Martindale-Hubbell.
Meriwether received her law degree magna cum laude in 1985 from George Washington University, where she was a member of the George Washington Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Her undergraduate degree was conferred with highest honors by LaSalle University in 1981.