Megan G. Demshki
Megan G. Demshki was born and raised in Riverside, California. After graduating from Riverside Poly High School, Megan attended Chapman University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Peace Studies, in addition to completing the interdisciplinary University Honors Program. Megan received departmental honors in both Political Science and Peace Studies. Megan served as Chapman University's Student Body President from 2012-2013. As Chapman University Student Body President, Megan worked to strengthen United States and Russia relations as a Kremlin Fellow through the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission and lobbied for college student interests at the local, state and national level through groups like the National Campus Leadership Council and the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee.
Upon graduation from Chapman University, Megan received the Gloria and Julian Peterson Award, awarded to one graduating senior for his or her outstanding and distinguished leadership in enriching university life. In addition to the Peterson Award, Megan received the 2012 Woman of Strength, Courage and Action Award and the 2012 Political Science Citizen-Scholar Award, given to the graduating Political Science major who most effectively combines high grade point average with civic or political engagement.
Megan went on to obtain her Juris Doctorate from Chapman University Fowler School of Law where she received CALI Excellence for the Future awards for the highest grades in the Alona Cortese Elder Law Clinic, Legal Analysis Workshop and Business Planning. Megan enjoyed helping low income seniors throughout Orange County in the Alona Cortese Elder Law Clinic. In Summer 2013, Megan began working at Aitken Aitken Cohn as the law clerk. After passing the California Bar Exam, Megan was promoted to associate at Aitken Aitken Cohn.
Megan has been involved in a number of high figure settlements, arbitrations, and verdicts in trial. Recently, she obtained a six-figure verdict in a binding arbitration on behalf of a 71-year-old client who was injured when an underinsured driver made an improper turn in front of her. After over 20 years of paying premiums, the client was left fighting her own insurance company for benefits she was owed. Megan, alongside fellow associate Atticus Wegman, was able to effectively secure more than $300,000 for their client.
Megan was also involved and named in a rare and remarkable decision, in which the California Court of Appeal Fourth Appellate District, Division Three, reversed the trial court's granting of Defendant's summary judgment motion in the matter of Sumrall v. Modern Alloys. Modern Alloys argued that their employee driver was not acting within the course and scope of his employment under the "going and coming" rule. Plaintiffs argued that Modern Alloys was liable under the "business errand" exception. The Court of Appeal unanimously sided with the Plaintiffs where they reasoned, "Because we can draw two reasonable inferences from these undisputed facts, we cannot affirm the trial court's grant of summary judgment."
Areas of Practice
- Catastrophic Personal Injury
- Automobile Accident
- Wrongful Death
- Insurance Bad Faith
- Business Litigation
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Riverside County Bar Association, Member
- Riverside County Bar Association Barristers, Member
- Riverside County Bar Association Publications Committee, Member
- Riverside County Bar Association Continuing Education Committee, Member
- Riverside County Bar Association Bridge Program, Mentor
- Riverside County Bar Association New Attorney Academy 2016-2017
- San Bernardino County Bar Association, Member
- Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, Member
- American Diabetes Association Inland Empire Chapter, Board of Directors
- Inland Empire Chapter of Federal Bar Association, Member
- Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
- Consumer Attorneys of California New Lawyers Division, Inland Empire and Desert Communities Chair
- Consumer Attorneys of the Inland Empire, Board Member
- Pick Group of Young Professionals, Member
- Chapman University Young Alumni Society, Executive Council
- Orange County Bar Association, Member
- Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Orange County Women Lawyers Association, Member
- Orange County Public Law Center, Silent Auction Committee Member
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Riverside Chamber of Commerce, Member
- Top Attorneys of the Inland Empire, Inland Empire Magazine (2016)
- Seminar Name: Riverside County Bar Association Barristers Trial Skills Workshop
Title: Anatomy of a Trial, Moderator
- Publication Name: Riverside Lawyer Magazine
Title: Insurance Bad Faith: The Past, Present and Unpredictable Future
Year: May 2017
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