There’s a fearlessness about Megan Day, likely an attribute she learned from her mother.
“My dad passed away of bone cancer when I was two -- I have no memory of him,” she says. “So my mom was a big influence. She’s kind of a super woman – single mom, professional woman. She did well for me and my older brother. She’s been a CPA with the same firm for 30 years and always put us first. Never missed a soccer game or a track event or a horse show …"
Megan grew up in Granger, Indiana, a suburb of South Bend, in a house with a backyard that ended where a cornfield began. On a family trip to Colorado Springs when she was maybe eight, the three of them went trail riding multiple times because Megan liked it so much. Her mother somehow realized it would be good for a little girl to learn how to boss around a 1,200-pound animal.
“I got my first horse when I was nine and the horse was five. A bay quarter horse named Kip. I still have him. We showed in county and state fairs, mostly in western horsemanship. Mom bought a five-acre farm when I turned 15. I ran the farm, and we got a second horse for my mom. Then we got a third horse, a mustang from out west. I barrel-raced him.”
Running the farm, keeping it mowed, making sure three horses, three dogs, and four cats were fed taught Megan about responsibility and hard work. By the time she was old enough to drive, she was hitching up the trailer, hitting the show circuit on her own.
She went to the University of Kentucky because the school had an equestrian team, and still rides as a hobby. In the fall of 2012, after graduation, she was accepted into Teach for America, an AmeriCorps affiliated program that places teachers in under-performing, impoverished schools. For a year, Megan taught 7th and 8th grade math in Huntsville, Alabama. It was rewarding but also a very heart-breaking and frustrating experience.
“I thought I knew what the problems were with public education going in and how to fix them … There is so much bureaucracy in public education. Also, I discounted how much my students’ personal lives would impact their ability to learn. Some of my kids didn’t have a place to go home to. Or if they did, no one was there … and the system just kept passing them onto the next grade.”
Having taken the LSAT as an undergrad, she decided to give law school a shot, again at UK. From day one, she says, it felt right. She liked the mental challenge of it and the competitiveness. She was drawn in particular to real estate law. By her late 20s, she had a small but growing portfolio of investment properties in Cincinnati and Lexington. She lives in a duplex in Columbia-Tusculum with her Weimaraner and two cats and rents the second floor.
Megan can start a fire with a bow and a spindle. Over this past Christmas, she went to Israel by herself and plans to do more traveling on her own. She’s a Dave Ramsey fan and has taught Financial Peace University at a church in Lexington. Megan’s hobby, as well as her vocation, is real estate. She listens less to music than podcasts about money and real estate. One day, she hopes to own “a ton” of properties and be an industry leader.
These days, she’s happy to be where she is.
“You don’t see many ex-Graydon attorneys, but you do see lots of ex-other-law-firm attorneys. Most firms aren’t keeping up with the huge changes the field is facing or being creative in how they treat people. It’s pretty clearly a different story here.”
Megan practices in the area of real estate and construction law and is a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate and Construction practice groups.
Passionate about the industry, Megan advises real estate and construction professionals as they work to reach their goals. She counsels in the areas of leasing, acquisitions and sales, zoning, financing, and real estate and construction contract negotiation and dispute resolution. Megan also advises residential and commercial property owners regarding landlord/tenant and management issues. She is well-versed in the legal protection necessary to buy, hold, improve, and manage residential and commercial real estate including legal entity selection, formation, and ongoing administration.
With a prior practice in commercial litigation, Megan knows what is at stake for her clients as they manage their businesses. She has experience with construction defect disputes and mechanics’ liens, environmental lease disputes, and residential and commercial foreclosures.
Megan gained personal experience in real estate when she flipped her first home in 2017. She now manages this property as a vacation rental and owns two small multifamily investment properties, including a duplex in Columbia Tusculum where she currently resides.