Meryl Governski is a partner in the Litigation Department and focuses on complex, high-risk commercial litigation. She has served on multiple trial teams in federal and state courts, and has worked on cases covering a wide array of subject matters, including First Amendment, breach of contract, and election law.


Prior to attending law school, Meryl spent nearly a decade in the communications field, including as a member of the public relations team at CNN and as an on-air broadcast journalist in Charleston, South Carolina, and Staunton, Virginia. While attending law school in the evenings, she worked as the speechwriter for the president of a local community college.

Meryl’s recent experience includes:

  • Secured a $148.1 million jury verdict in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Fulton County Georgia election workers Ruby Freeman and Wandrea’ ArShaye (“Shaye”) in a lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani for launching a conspiracy to falsely accuse them of committing election fraud in the 2020 presidential election.  At the close of the four-day trial, the eight members of the jury awarded $75 million in punitive damages, $33,169,000 million in total defamation damages, and $40 million in total damages for infliction of emotional distress.
  • Representing the plaintiff in Rich v. Butowsky, defamation litigation filed on behalf of the brother of deceased DNC staffer Seth Rich, challenging viral online conspiracy theories relating to Seth Rich’s murder
  • Defending Uber Technologies in a trial that resulted in a complete defense victory in a $750 million dispute after being hired six weeks before trial*
  • Representing Oracle in multiple, high-stakes matters relating to its intellectual property and contracts, including as part of a trial team that won a $50 million verdict*
  • Challenging an unlawful bid solicitation in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims*
  • Representing a congressional candidate in connection with annual financial disclosure statements and the use of electronic ballot marking devices in a primary election*
*Meryl advised on these matters prior to joining Willkie.



Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2014 Northwestern University, M.S., 2004 Cornell University, B.A., 2003

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Maryland District of Columbia