Megan W. Strayhorn
Megan Strayhorn is continuing her family’s legacy of practicing law in Southwest Florida.
Born and raised in Fort Myers, Ms. Strayhorn is a Bishop Verot graduate. She began her college career at the University of Alabama before moving to Asheville, North Carolina. There, she graduated from Warren Wilson College with a global studies degree focused on international peace and justice.
During college, Ms. Strayhorn had the opportunity to volunteer internationally. In Uganda, she lived with a Maasai family in Kenya. She also backpacked alone throughout Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. During her final summer in Cambodia, she studied the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), which is responsible for prosecuting Khmer Rouge war crimes. After her experience, she authored her dissertation on the ECCC and presented her research to the community.
Ms. Strayhorn returned to Southwest Florida to attend Ave Maria School of Law, where she served as a Vice President of Moot Court. Her passion for public service brought her to work at the Public Defender’s Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Fort Myers where she learned valuable litigation skills. During five years working as an Assistant Public Defender, Ms. Strayhorn litigated dozens of contested hearings and jury trials. She had the opportunity to assist in forming a new division within the Public Defender’s Office that focuses solely on representing clients who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness.
Ms. Strayhorn is excited to be using her litigation skills and passion for public service as she continues her family’s legacy representing individuals and the community of Fort Myers.