Margaret Coughlin LePage

Meg LePage is leader of the firm’s Education Law Practice Group and is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.  Meg serves as general outside counsel to a number of independent schools and colleges, advising on such issues as student admissions, discipline and expulsions, Title IX compliance and investigations, accommodations for students and employees with disabilities, faculty employment and advancement, tuition disputes, and privacy rights and access to educational records. Meg acts as general counsel to the Maine Principals' Association, which regulates interscholastic high school athletic and extracurricular competitions across the state of Maine. 

Meg is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Dartmouth College, and the University of Michigan Law School. At Pierce Atwood, Meg is a member of the Management Committee and the designated human resources partner. She also heads up the firm's CASA program, in which lawyers provide pro bono representation of guardians ad litem to children in state custody due to alleged abuse or neglect at home.


In addition to her education practice, clients also look to Meg for help on a wide range of workplace disputes and seek her counsel when looking to minimize legal risks in connection with hiring, discipline and discharge, discrimination and harassment complaints, family medical leave requests, wage payment disputes, and non-competition agreements. With extensive experience in both employment litigation and advice and counsel work, Meg provides employers with sound, practical, and timely advice coupled with efficient and effective advocacy in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She also regularly presents workplace training programs for employers on a variety of issues.

Honors & Distinctions

Meg has an AV® Preeminent™ rating with Martindale-Hubbell, is recognized as a Leader in Maine employment law in Chambers USA and has been continually named to the list of Super Lawyers in Employment and Labor for the state of Maine. She has also received recognition in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and was named "Lawyer of the Year" for Labor and Employment Law in 2011, "Lawyer of the Year" for Employment Law-Management in 2013 and 2018, and "Lawyer of the Year" for Education Law in 2015. She is a member of the American Employment Law Council.

In 2003, Meg received the "Women of Achievement" award from the Cumberland County YWCA for her professional accomplishments and contributions to the community, and in 2006 received the Unsung Hero Award through Family Crisis Services.

Professional Activities
  • Member, Judicial Advisory Committee, Maine Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), 2002 - present
  • Chair, Campaign for Justice, Maine's legal community and providers in partnership to provide civil legal representation to Maine's indigent population, 2016
Civic Activities
  • Board of Trustees, Cancer Community Center, 2014 - present
  • Board Member, Dartmouth Club of Maine, 2005 - present

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