Megan Knowlton Balne, a partner with the firm, concentrates her practice in the areas of employment, counseling and commercial litigation. 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.
Areas of Practice
Megan is devoted to serving businesses large and small. Megan was a recipient of SNJ Business People’s 2018 “40 Under 40” Award and more recently, the NJBIZ 2020 “Forty Under 40” Award. Megan serves on the Board of the South Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and prioritizes regular communication with business owners on their needs and goals. Megan also serves as the Chair of the Legal/Legislative Committee for the Human Resource Association of Southern New Jersey.
In addition to her commitment to the business community, Megan was recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as a New Leader of the Bar in 2016. Megan is proud to serve as a Trustee of the Burlington County Bar Association and founding member of the New Jersey Law Journal’s Young Lawyers Advisory Board. In 2019, Megan received the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Professional Achievement Award, an award given to one young attorney each year who has achieved significant professional accomplishments.
Prior to joining Hyland Levin Shapiro, 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.
Megan is a member of the Burlington County Bar Association, New Jersey Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association. 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).
Outside of her practice, 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 most recently directed Haddonfield Plays and Players’ production of Number the Stars, which was performed for more than 1,800 students, to raise Holocaust awareness. She is a supporter of non-profit service and completed United Way’s Young Leaders Program in Philadelphia and serves the community as a board member of both Haddonfield Plays and Players and Maternity Care Coalition.
Counseled businesses on compliance and handbook revisions with regard to the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act and New Jersey Paid Family Leave Act
Navigated HR Manager through handling and investigation of discrimination allegation
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
Negotiated acquisition of a franchise for new business owner successfully through settlement
Upcoming: “On Duty Consequences for Off Duty Conduct,” HRA of Southern New Jersey, October 2020
Upcoming: “Successful Hiring and Recruitment Steps and Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs,” National Business Institute, October 2020
Upcoming: “Mini Law School for HR Professionals,” National Business Institute Seminar, October 2020
Upcoming: “Employment Consequences for Off Duty Conduct from Employer and Employee Perspective,” Burlington County Bar Association, Panelist, September 2020
“Navigating the 2019 Business Landscape: Taxes and Trends,” Panel Presentation, Alloy Silverstein, Surety Title Company and Hyland Levin Shapiro, February 2019
“How to Incorporate a Business,” Burlington County Bar Association’s People’s Law School, February 2019
“Business Law 101,” Women’s Business Center, LAEDA, January 2019
“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
“Employers Beware! New Jersey Expands Workers’ Compensation Coverage,” Co-author, Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP News Alert, September 2020
“You Can’t Ask That! EEOC Updates Employer Health Screening Rules,” Co-author, Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP News Alert, September 2020
“Can and Should Employers Require Their Employees to be Vaccinated?” Co-author, Employers Association of New Jersey, Return to Work Resources for Employers, September 2020
“Making Employers Sick – FFCRA Regulations Invalidated by Federal Court,” Co-author, Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP Client Alert, August 2020
“LGBTQ Employees protected Under Title VII – US Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision,” Co-author, Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP Client Alert, June 2020
“A Remote Workforce and What Employers and HR Professionals Should Know,” The TriStater, April – June 2020
“COVID-19 3-27-2020 Update,” Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP Client Alert, March 2020
“COVID-19 Employment Guidance,” Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP Client Alert, March 2020
“NJ Employees Can Start Using Their Accrued Sick Leave February 26, 2019! Are You Ready?” Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP Client Alert, March 2019
“#MeToo – Note Anymore: How the Supreme Court’s Decision in Epic Systems Corp. V. Lewis Keeps Employment Disputes Individualized and Out of the Public Sphere,” Hyland Levin LLP Client Alert, May 2018
“Seven Tips for Courtroom Etiquette Every Young Attorney Should Know,” At Issue, Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Newsletter, Fall 2017
“New Jersey Landlord and Tenant Registration Requirements” Wolf Commercial Real Estate, July 14, 2015
“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
Rutgers University School of Law-Camden (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010)
Ramapo College (B.A., summa cum laude, 2007)
- New Jersey