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Megan Cacace
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J.D., Harvard Law School, magna cum laude

B.A., Harvard University, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
New York


The Honorable Morris E. Lasker, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts


Ms. Cacace’s practice combines civil rights litigation and advising companies concerning compliance with civil rights laws.

Ms. Cacace has substantial civil rights litigation experience, focusing primarily on matters involving in employment, housing, and disability discrimination. She has conducted multiple federal jury trials and served as class counsel in the Firm’s long-running race discrimination class action against the United States Secret Service.

Her compliance practice focuses on advising online companies and platforms. Ms. Cacace leads the Firm’s work conducting Facebook’s civil rights assessment. She also provides “best practices” advice to employers seeking to promote non-discrimination and inclusion in their workplaces.

Prior to joining Relman, Dane & Colfax, Ms. Cacace worked at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. in the Employment Discrimination Project. There, she represented individuals in employment discrimination cases in all stages of litigation, including the administrative process, discovery, and trial.

Selected Published Cases

Ms. Cacace’s better known cases include:

  • Hardin v. Dadlani, ____ F.Supp.3d ____, 2016 WL 7654693 (D.D.C. Nov. 1, 2016) (denying motion for judgment as a matter of law, motion for a new trial, and motion for remittitur, and affirming $ 687,000 damages award);
  • Young et al. v. D.C. Housing Authority, 31 F.Supp.3d 90 (D.D.C. 2014) (denying motion to dismiss claims against the D.C. Housing Authority for discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act, and Fair Housing Act); and
  • Moore v. Napolitano, 926 F. Supp. 2d 8 (D.D.C. 2013) (granting certification of a nationwide class of African-American Secret Service Agents alleging race discrimination in promotions).

In January 2016, Ms. Cacace was lead trial counsel in a race discrimination case tried in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in which a federal jury returned a verdict in Plaintiff’s favor on all counts and awarded
$ 687,000 compensatory and punitive damages.

In addition, Ms. Cacace represented five Metropolitan Police officers in a retaliation case against the District of Columbia, which resulted in a federal jury verdict in favor of all five plaintiffs and a substantial damages award.  Ms. Cacace also achieved a jury verdict in favor of an African-American couple whose landlord removed all of their possessions from their house and burned their belongings on the front lawn.  The couple was awarded $ 250,000 by the jury at the conclusion of the trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

Honors and Awards

From 2014-2016, Ms. Cacace has served as Co-Chair of the D.C. Bar’s Labor & Employment Section. Ms. Cacace was a recipient of Harvard Law School's Irving R. Kaufman Fellowship in 2007.