Ms. Harmon is a partner in the Business Services Department, a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, and co-chair of the Energy & Environmental Practice Group and the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. She concentrates her practice in business counseling including transformative transactions, mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, project development, and public-private partnerships, and has extensive experience in contract negotiations, finance, compliance matters, employment issues and procurement. Ms. Harmon represents family businesses, start-ups and both publicly and privately held organizations dealing with permitting and regulatory issues. Her clients are typically in heavily regulated industries. She also represents clients in various forms of financings, including tax-exempt financings, private placements, convertible securities and credit facilities. She has represented venture capital funds, angel investors, and institutional investors in various investments, loans and capital contributions. Ms. Harmon joined Schnader after being deputy general counsel for an environmental services company, where she was responsible for all facets of operations, integration of acquisitions and divestitures.
News & Publications
- Environmental, health and safety due diligence when buying or selling a business: Beyond a Phase I
- Pa. High Court Points Way To Valid Employer No-Poach Deals
- State Supreme Court to Hear No-Poach Employment Case, First in Pennsylvania
- Schnader’s M&A Practice Ranked by IFLR 1000
- Megan Harmon Marks 30 Years of Giving Scholarships to Students at Woodland Hills High School
- No-poach employment provisions – are they still acceptable?
- Do We Have a Deal? A Groundbreaking Court Decision May Impact MAE Issues
- Steves and Sons vs. Jeld-Wen: The First Private Antitrust Divestiture Suit
- Schnader’s M&A Practice Ranked by IFLR 1000
- Schnader’s M&A Practice Nationally Ranked by The Legal 500 USA
- Schnader Advises Valley Pool Sales Regarding Acquisition by Large National Pool Retailer
- Schnader Advises Waste Management Regarding Acquisition of Saratoga Landfill
- Schnader’s M&A Practice Recognized by The Legal 500
- Megan Harmon Assists E-Commerce Firm in Transaction
- Megan Harmon and Sarah Hewitt Profiled in The American Lawyer
- Harmon Quoted in “ETE-Williams Merger Flop A Blueprint For Energy Deal Exits”
- Schnader’s M&A Practice Recognized by The Legal 500
- Schnader on Short List to be Named Law Firm of the Year for ‘Driving Middle Market Growth’
- IRS Shuts Down Work Around for Treating a Partner as an Employee
- Schnader Receives Pennsylvania Youth Court Champion Award
- Pittsburgh Attorneys Lead Constitution and Youth Court Projects at Local Charter School
- Schnader Participates in Volunteer Day at Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh
- Supreme Court Holds That CERCLA Preemption Is Inapplicable to Statutes of Repose
- Partners Megan Harmon and Ken Puhala Named to Schnader’s Executive Committee
- Third Circuit Remands Marcellus Shale Case Based on the Class Action Fairness Act’s Local Controversy Exception
- Schnader Assists Waste Management in the Acquisition of Two North Dakota Energy Services Companies
- Change The Public Conversation On ‘Unwanted’ Infrastructure
- Eligibility for Reimbursement from the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund Cannot Be Determined on a Per Tank Basis
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reaffirms Dunham Rule, Confirms that Marcellus Shale Natural Gas is not a “Mineral”
- Bankruptcy Loses Arguments for Special Relief Under Prepetition Agreements for Environmental Liability
- Electronics Recyclers Will Have To Do More and No Doubt Spend More To Obtain Certification Under R2 Solutions’ R2:2013 Standard
- So What’s So Bad About Green Washing?
- Megan Harmon Selected as One of the “2012 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania”
- Schnader Assists Clean Earth, Inc. with its Soil Recycling and Disposal Services Expansion in Southeastern Region of the United States
- “Other Voices: Tips for Closing Your M&A Deal”
- Sixty-Eight Schnader Attorneys Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
- EPA Proposes New, Broad Ranging Air Regulations Applicable to the Oil and Gas Source Category
- Supreme Court Holds Federal Courts Do Not Have Jurisdiction to Hear Federal Common Law Nuisance Claims Relating to Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Superior Court Interprets Oil and Gas Lease in Favor of Landowners
- Megan E. Harmon Named Co-Chair of Schnader’s Environmental Practice Group
Community & Pro Bono
- MPH Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Trustee
- Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, Member
- Churchill Borough Planning Commission, Chairman
- Wilkins Elks, Member
- Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
- Implementable Comprehensive Planning Committee for Monroeville Borough, Churchill Borough, and Wilkins Township
- Steering Committee Member for Accessibility, Trails and Parks for Monroeville Borough, Churchill Borough, and Wilkins Township
- Fort Armstrong Horsemen’s Association, Member
- Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1985
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A., summa cum laude, 1982
- Pennsylvania, 1985
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- Allegheny County Bar Association, member
- American Bar Association, member
- Environmental Industries Association, member
- Board Member, Association for Corporate Growth (Pittsburgh Chapter), 2016-present
- Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, member; Manufacturing and Large Volume Consumer Subcommittee, member
- PowerLink, Advisory Board Member, 2017-present
- 3 Rivers Venture Fair Coaches Committee, member
- Invest Penn State Coaches Committee, member
- Society of Women Environmental Professionals, Three Rivers Chapter, member
- Recognized in Who’s Who in Energy, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
- Selected by the National Diversity Council as one of the “2012 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania”
- Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Listed in The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace (“The Red Book”)
- Duquesne Law Review, member
Ms. Harmon has represented individuals, private and public companies and strategic and financial buyers and sellers in numerous transactions involving the environmental services, recycling, steel, transportation and chemical industries. She also counsels businesses in corporate governance, structure, and compliance.
- Ms. Harmon has been involved in hundreds of purchase and sale transactions involving strategic buyers, both public and private, private equity and financial institutions.
- Ms. Harmon has been involved with siting and development of waste transportation, treatment and disposal facilities, privatization and public-private partnership projects and community benefit and community impact agreements with various municipalities and governmental entities.
- While with Schnader, Ms. Harmon has acted as regional counsel for what is now the largest waste services firm in North America. In that capacity, she supervised the providing of all legal services for a geographic region with more than $1 billion in revenue and was responsible for litigation, acquisitions, personnel matters and asset and operations integration.
- Ms. Harmon has acted as special counsel for litigation representing business interests of her clients in negotiating the resolution and settlement of complex litigation matters.
- Ms. Harmon has also represented chemical manufacturers and distributors in various aspects of their operations.
Energy & Environmental Practice
- Ms. Harmon represents organizations in heavily regulated industries, involving extensive permitting and regulatory compliance matters. She has experience in compliance counseling, environmental auditing, investigation and remediation of contaminated properties and corporate environmental strategic planning. She also has experience in sustainability issues such as recycling, composting and beneficial use. Ms. Harmon also has been involved in a number of waste-to-energy and methane-to-energy projects throughout the Eastern United States. She has negotiated methane supply and purchase agreements, electricity supply agreements, natural gas agreements and mineral and biofuel agreements.
Real Estate Practice
- Ms. Harmon has commercial real estate and transactional experience including retail leasing experience for a regional chain, siting, development, and financing of incinerators, landfills, transfer stations, material recycling facilities, methane gas-to-energy projects, waste-to-energy projects and other projects in highly regulated fields. She has participated in the development of brownfield facilities and beneficial re-use facilities. Ms. Harmon has been involved in the siting and negotiation of projects involving long-term leases, operating and maintenance agreements and financing arrangements. She has also negotiated leases related to timber, mineral rights and gas exploration.
- In connection with her business counseling and transactional practice, Ms. Harmon has represented businesses and negotiated employment contracts, non-compete contracts, severance and discharge releases. She has handled issues with hiring or onboarding employees, terminations and regulatory matters in connection with transactions.
Financial Services Practice
- Ms. Harmon represents clients in various forms of financings, including tax-exempt bond financing, private placements, convertible securities and revolving credit facilities. She has represented venture capital funds, structured investments, loans and capital contributions.
- Megan Harmon and Elliot Dater Serve as Coaches and Moderators at Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference
- Progressive Networking Luncheon for ACG Pittsburgh
- Sarah Hewitt, Richard Barkasy, and Megan Harmon Presented “Delaware – The Land of A Million of Corporations”
- Megan Harmon, Elliot Dater and Keith Whitson Presented M&A – Expanding Successor Liability Trends in Asset Sales CLE
- Megan Harmon and Elliot Dater Presented Private Equity, Venture Capital, Crowdfunding – Investment 101
- Megan Harmon Attended TAGLaw Conference
- Megan Harmon and Elliot Dater Explored “Handling the Sale of a Business”
- Megan Harmon Served as Panelist for Pittsburgh Diversity Council’s Leadership Conference
- Megan Harmon and Elliot Dater Presented “Sales of Goods Contracts – Avoiding Common Mistakes”
- Megan Harmon Presented at 2013 Federation of New York Solid Waste & Recycling Conference
- Megan E. Harmon and Lee Schwartzberg Participated in the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Workshop “When to Grow or Sell Your Business”