Margaret has extensive experience in the practice of civil litigation and family law. In civil litgation, Margaret has represented both plaintiffs and defendants. She began her legal career as a insurance defense attorney before representing plaintiffs in personal injury matters then in protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. She has experience in personal injury, construction defect, breach of contract and disability rights law.
Margaret’s experience in family law covers all matters relating to divorce—spousal and child support, custody and visitation, domestic violence, and paternity. Margaret began her practice in family law working with domestic violence agencies and volunteering with Legal Aid of Los Angeles. She has also offered her expertise in providing legal assistance to Human Options, a non-profit organization that helps victims of domestic violence and their families. Margaret has handled a range of family law matters from complex high-net worth and high-profile matters to pro bono cases with the same personalized touch. Margaret recognizes every case requires communication with the client and understanding of the client’s needs.
During her years of practice, Margaret recognized that an order of the court does not always mean a "win" for the prevailing party. As the costs of litigation rise, Margaret understands that many parties do not simply have unlimited resources to litigate. Margaret recognizes that Mediation can offer a better solution at a lower cost for clients in many cases.
Margaret graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law in 2002. During her time at law school, she was the Articles Editor of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. After law school, she completed "Mediating the Litigated Case" with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She volunteers her time with Community Service Programs, Inc. in their court mediation program.