Meg Utterback


Areas of practice

Ms. Meg Utterback focuses on dispute resolution, construction and white collar matters.

Ms. Utterback has represented US, European and Chinese companies at the International Chamber of Commerce, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Indian Council of Arbitration and in litigation before US courts in construction and commercial disputes. Ms. Utterback has been involved in a number of high profile arbitrations and litigations throughout China, has assisted with asset tracing and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards. She has written numerous book chapters and articles regarding management of evidence and the conduct of negotiations and hearing procedures for Chinese civil proceedings and China-related cross border disputes.

In the area of white-collar crime, she has handled numerous investigations under US FCPA and Chinese law into bribery, insider trading, and embezzlement, and resolved related labor contract issues.

Furthermore, Ms. Utterback regularly handles foreign investment, resource development, engineering and construction projects, and assists clients with compliance reviews and other related services in China.

In 2016, based on the votes and recommendations of in-house counsel, Ms. Utterback has been recognized as an “In-House Community External Counsel of the Year” by one of the most well-known legal media in Asia, In-House Community.

Work experience

Ms. Utterback joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2010 prior to which she was a managing partner at a US firm’s Shanghai office and a leading partner with their international dispute practice.

She received her J.D. from Maryland School of Law with honors (1991), having studied law as a graduate student at China Renmin University for two years (1985-1987) following her undergraduate degree at McGill University where she graduated with honors (1985). She is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Her working languages are Chinese and English.


Legal insights

If you want to engage in settlement negotiations or the other side approaches you, think carefully about what to say and how you protect your rights.

20 April 2017

A review and analysis of PRC court orders on applications to recognize and enforce foreign arbitral awards in China over the past 20 years.

15 September 2016

The Gucci case offers some insight as to what to expect from U.S. courts going forward.

29 August 2016

The purpose of this article is to help Chinese listed companies understand class-action suits in the US and to suggest ways to minimize exposure.

24 August 2015