MEREDITH McBRIDE is a managing associate in the Litigation group in the firm’s Chicago office. Her practice focuses on white collar criminal matters, internal investigations, government enforcement and False Claims Act matters, and complex commercial litigation. She also has substantial Supreme Court and appellate experience, drafting appellate briefs in federal courts of appeals and certiorari petitions, amicus briefs, and merits briefs at the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a co-director of the Supreme Court Practicum clinic and Adjunct Professor of Law at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.
Meredith’s extensive cross-disciplinary—and public-facing—methodological training enables her to leverage highly technical and complex bodies of evidence to craft compelling legal strategy, work effectively with expert witnesses, and explain that evidence in terms a nonexpert can understand. Before attending law school, Meredith received her A.M. and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago, and worked at a major university launching new research centers in the social and physical sciences, arts, and humanities. Her methodological work in arts education policy has been adopted nationwide via municipal, state, and federal government initiatives. Meredith received her J.D., summa cum laude, from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where she received the John Paul Stevens Prize for graduating first in her class. While at Northwestern, she served as the inaugural empirical articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and wrote a successful petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Prior to joining Sidley, Meredith served as a law clerk to Judge David F. Hamilton of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and Judge Edmond E. Chang of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She also worked as a law clerk at a firm representing plaintiff-relators in False Claims Act cases and gained substantial experience in all phases of False Claims Act discovery and motion practice.
Meredith lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and ADHD, and is an advocate for disability diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal profession.