Meagan F. Temple

Meagan Temple is a seasoned defense attorney who has focused her legal career on handling various government, criminal, and internal investigative matters. As the head of Burns White’s Government Investigations and Criminal Defense practice group, she and her team help clients navigate the complexities involved with grand juries and investigative subpoenas, regulatory inquiries and investigations, and other legal proceedings initiated by federal and state regulatory and law enforcement agencies.

Ms. Temple started her law career working for the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps in the United States Air Force as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, which provided her with the insight and experience needed to assist with governmental and criminal investigations. Since leaving the JAG Corps, she has served as a private criminal defense attorney, principally handling federal and complex state cases. Ms. Temple is licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

Ms. Temple received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Richmond.

Areas of Law

  • Government Investigations and Criminal Defense


  • University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 2003 )
  • University of Richmond (B.A., 2000)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces


  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Charges of simple assault were dismissed at the magistrate against a local business owner who operates a successful bar in the Pittsburgh area after investigation and evidence was developed by the defense team exonerating him (May 2018)
  • Defendant charged in a multi-defendant federal drug conspiracy was sentenced to three years’ probation after zealous advocacy at sentencing (April 2018)
  • Investigation of use of force by Johnstown, Pennsylvania police officer was declined for prosecution by local district attorney’s office (February 2018)
  • Appeal to Pennsylvania Superior Court of conviction in a case involving sexual abuse of a minor. Judgment vacated and remanded with guidance to the trial court about granting a new trial (November 2017)
  • Sentence of 15 months in federal prosecution of defendant for immigration violation and illegal reentry. Prosecution sought plea agreement for 41-51 months. Fifteen month sentence resulted from an open plea, allowing defendant to retain his appellate rights and to effectively only receive time-served on his federal sentence. (September 2017)
  • Client received probation for his role in a $400,000.00 Medicaid fraud prosecution and avoided a prison sentence without having to cooperate with federal officials (April 2017)
  • Six months house arrest and two years of probation for client accused of drug trafficking and laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds as a result of a state Attorney General’s investigation (March 2017)
  • Client acquitted of armed robbery in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Prosecution’s best offer was 3-7 years imprisonment for client alleged to have robbed an unarmed couple and an elderly woman at gun point after a home invasion. (May 2016)
  • College professor facing 151-188 months in prison as a result of amassing an extraordinary number of files in a federal child pornography case received sentence of just 76 months (February 2016)
  • Client alleged to have been part of major drug trafficking conspiracy received probation and home detention in Federal Court, avoiding any prison sentence (January 2016)
  • Military pay and reserve “double dipping” investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and federal grand jury resulted in exoneration and declination of charges for retired Air Force colonel (2015)


48 26th Street
Pittsburgh PA 15222


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