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Meg Canby has been practicing matrimonial law in New York City for 27 years, representing clients before the matrimonial and family court judges in New York City, Brooklyn, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, and Chautauqua Counties on a number of matters, including, specifically, both the appeal and the remand of Brooke S.B. to the family court of origin in Mayville, New York.
Ms. Canby has also framed and drafted appeals and crafted arguments submitted to the Appellate Division, First and Second Departments, and the Court of Appeals, and helped refine the law on issues involving appropriate valuation dates and market force factors to be considered in dividing active and passive business assets; the appropriate limits on prenuptial agreement waivers, particularly on attorney’s fees; limits on the scope of automatic orders; and the change in the law on the issue of same-sex parenting in Matter of Brooke S.B.
She has lectured before the New York State Bar Association on “Representing LGBT Clients after Obergefell” and spoken on panels for the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (“LeGal”) on same-sex parenting issues. Additionally, she has written related articles for the New York Law Journal, including “Same-Sex Parents Still Face Obstacles under New York’s Standing Rules,” and authored articles on issues of gender bias in custodial proceedings and prenuptial agreements. Most recently, she lectured on a panel held by the New York Women’s Bar Association’s LGBT, Children’s Rights, and Matrimonial and Family Law Committees on the topic, “Beyond Brooke B: Litigating Same-Sex Parenting Cases in the New Legal Landscape.”
Ms. Canby, a graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, was formerly a legal services attorney for DC37 Municipal Employees Legal Services. She handled hundreds of matrimonial cases in the courts of New York City’s five boroughs before joining Blank Rome in 1997. Her career reflects her long-standing commitment to pro bono causes and social justice activism through litigation.
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In December 2016, Ms. Canby was appointed to serve on a new LGBT commission to address LGBT concerns within the justice system and the legal profession.