Meredith Shih has spent her entire legal career in criminal defense. She joined Wood & Nathanson in 2016 after spending four years as a trial attorney in the Quincy office of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, where she practiced in various courts throughout Norfolk County. There she gained extensive trial and motion practice experience, litigating cases ranging from minor misdemeanor offenses to serious felonies, including sex offenses.
Attorney Shih is a graduate of Boston University School of Law in 2012, where she focused her studies on litigation and public interest work, and the University of Maryland, where she majored in Political Science and Government.
Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D., cum laude, May 2012
Activities: Public Interest Law Journal, Public Interest Project (Vice-president), Pro Bono Spring Break participant (New Jersey Institute for Social Justice)
University of Maryland, College Park
B.A., cum laude, Government and Politics, May 2009, minor French Language and Literature
Wood & Nathanson, LLP, Boston, MA.
Associate Attorney. Representing clients in all phases of criminal practice, including pre-arraignment, trial, and appellate litigation.
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Quincy, MA
August 2012- August 2016
Trial attorney. Represented indigent clients charged with criminal offenses in district court; second-seated attorneys in superior court matters. Litigated various motions, including motions to suppress, motions to dismiss, dangerousness hearings, and probation violation hearings. Extensive jury trial experience.
Disability Law Center, Boston, MA
Legal intern. Conducted in research and discovery review assisting the DLC in its federal lawsuit against the MA Department of Correction for violating prisoners’ rights under the ADA. The lawsuit was eventually settled in favor of the DLC, and new procedures were abrogated to ensure mentally ill inmates were no subject to abuse and neglect.
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Boston, MA
Legal intern. Investigated claims of discrimination through research, witness interviews, and interrogatories. Drafted disposition recommendations, based on investigative findings, to be submitted to the Commissioner for further action.
State Appellate Defender’s Office, Detroit, MI
Legal intern. Researched and drafted a brief that was successful in gaining a new trial for a client unlawfully convicted of petty theft and sentenced to life pursuant to an oppressive and vindictive sentencing structure. Compiled data on Michigan indigent defense policies and financial structures for the Chief Deputy Director.
Bars: Massachusetts (2012)