Meghan Cleary


Meghan Cleary is an Associate at Wilkinson Walsh. Before joining the firm, Meghan was a law clerk to the Honorable Katherine Polk Failla of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Meghan attended Harvard Law School, where she served as the Coordination & Outreach Chair for the Harvard Law Review and was a finalist in the 2015 Ames Moot Court Competition. During law school, Meghan interned for the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. Before law school, Meghan worked as an Investigative Analyst in the Sex Crimes Unit and Human Trafficking Program of the New York County District Attorney’s Office.


  • Harvard College, A.B., cum laude (2011)
  • Law: Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude (2016)
    Coordination & Outreach Chair, Harvard Law Review
    Finalist, 2015 Ames Moot Court Competition


  • Judge Katherine Polk Failla, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (2016–17)
  • Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2017–18)


  • Case Comment, 129 Harv. L. Rev. 301 (2015) (discussing Johnson v. United States, 134 S. Ct. 2551 (2015)).
  • Recent Policy Paper, 128 Harv. L. Rev. 793 (2014) (discussing 2014 Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes published by The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court).