Meagan Forbes serves as legislative counsel at the Institute for Justice and advocates for legislative reform across the country in the areas of economic liberty, free speech, property rights and other civil liberties. She is based in the Institute for Justice’s Minnesota office.
Meagan joined the Institute in 2014. Before turning to legislative work, Meagan litigated constitutional cases in federal and state courts. She has worked to protect the constitutional rights of a variety of clients, including farm wineries, taxi entrepreneurs, eyebrow threaders, renters and political candidates. She was the lead attorney in a lawsuit brought by a group of African hair braiders in Iowa that resulted in the state repealing its onerous licensing requirements for hair braiding. She also was part of a team that helped defend the City of Milwaukee against a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages after the city lifted its protectionist cap on taxi permits. Her work has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, MSNBC, USA Today, The Star Tribune and other print, radio and television outlets.
Prior to joining the Institute, Meagan served as a judicial law clerk in the Minnesota Fourth Judicial District.
Meagan received her law degree from Louisiana State University’s Law Center in 2012. While in law school, she was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and worked on a variety of policy issues at the Louisiana State Capitol.
Meagan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University in 2009. She is originally from New Orleans, La.