Megan Knowlton Balne, an associate with the firm, concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, zoning and land use, and real estate development and finance. Prior to joining Hyland Levin, she clerked for the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, Chief U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey and for the Honorable Ronald E. Bookbinder, Assignment Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court for Burlington County. Known to be a very hard-working and meticulous attorney, Megan is also described as highly intelligent, enthusiastic and compassionate. Her "go-getter” and “can do" attitude is especially appreciated by her clients.
A graduate of Ramapo College (B.A., summa cum laude, 2007), Megan received her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010). She won the award for Outstanding Scholarship from the New Jersey Women and Gender Studies Consortium and served as President of Alpha Psi Omega Theater Honor Society. She was also awarded a fellowship as a History Scholar Finalist at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
At Rutgers, Megan was Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, and served as a Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant and was an Academic Success Fellow. Megan also participated in the Domestic Violence Clinic, where she represented victims of domestic violence who filed for temporary restraining orders in Camden County.
Megan is admitted to practice in New Jersey (2010) and Pennsylvania (2010). She is a member of the Burlington County Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association. Megan is also a member of the Community Associations Institute and serves on the New Jersey Law Journal’s Young Lawyers Advisory Board.
In addition to the law, Megan has a passion for the arts. She remains active in community theater and regularly participates as actor, director or stage manager in different productions throughout South Jersey. Megan also serves the community as a board member of both Haddonfield Plays and Players and Maternity Care Coalition.
Successfully defended award of public bid and prevented imposition of temporary restraints.
Negotiated a settlement of a restrictive covenant case to enable the client to maintain employment and avoid liability.
Assisted client in obtaining women-owned business certification to allow her to build her business and attract competitive work.
Counseled client on professional services agreement to help mitigate risk of liability for her psychology practice.
“Judicial Opinion Writing,” Vermont Law School, November 2016
Panelist, “The Benefits of Non-Profit Board Service as a Young Professional,” Emerging Young Leaders Conference, Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, August 2015
“Enforceability of Letters of Intent,” Hyland Levin Commercial Broker Seminar, November 2014
“Successful Writing for a Judicial Internship,” Rutgers School of Law-Camden, January 2013
“Seven Tips for Courtroom Etiquette Every Young Attorney Should Know,” At Issue , Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Newsletter, Fall 2017
“Beyond the Lease: Practice Points for Landlord’s Counsel” New Jersey Law Journal, 220 N.J.L.J. 660 (June 1, 2015), co-authored with Lauren A. Beetle, Esquire
“N.J. Economic Opportunity Act: Changing the Game with New Incentives,” New Jersey Law Journal, 215 N.J.L.J. 923 (March 31, 2014)
“The Eucharist: An Expressive Sacrament or a Political Tool,”10 Rutgers J. of L. & Relig. 5, 2008
“Religious Discrimination over the Internet: Protected or Prohibited,” 10 Rutgers J. of L. & Relig. 6, 2008