Margaret M.Toohey

Associate

Cleveland + 1.216.586.7116

Margaret Toohey collaborates with clients, experts, and foreign co-counsel to get results in complex and cross-border disputes. She handles "bet-the-company" cases, including class actions and multibillion-dollar claims, on both the plaintiff's and defense side.

Margaret focuses her practice on disputes in the raw materials, manufacturing, and health care sectors. She has particular experience handling force majeure and other business interruption claims, including claims relating to plant accidents, the COVID-19 pandemic, and, more recently, the conflict in Ukraine and related sanctions against Russia. She has also litigated cases involving environmental contamination (air, soil, and groundwater), anticompetition allegations, and alleged breach of contract, fraud, public nuisance, and trade secret misappropriation.

Margaret has taken multiple matters to final hearings on the merits, including as first chair in federal immigration court. Her arbitration experience includes disputes under the AAA, CPR, ICAC, ICC, and ICDR rules. She has first- or second-chaired dozens of depositions, direct- and cross-examined witnesses, and is experienced at working with fact and expert witnesses throughout the life of a case.

Equal parts advocate and advisor, Margaret routinely counsels clients as commercial disputes arise with an eye to avoiding disruptive lawsuits. She also maintains an active pro bono practice and recently secured asylum on behalf of a client who was tortured by the Venezuelan police due to his sexual orientation and political beliefs.

Margaret's civic engagement includes serving on the Economic Development Committee of Tremont West Development Corporation and the Young Professional Committee of EDWIN's Restaurant & Leadership Institute.

Experience

  • Med-Trans defeats class certification concerning air ambulance billingJones Day obtained complete denial of class certification in a putative consumer class action brought against Global Medical Response, Inc. subsidiary Med-Trans Corporation ("Med-Trans"), which is part of a network of life-saving emergency air transport carriers.
  • Commercial sterilization company defends against multiple personal injury lawsuitsJones Day serves as lead counsel for a commercial sterilization company in multiple personal injury cases.
  • Commercial sterilization company defends against putative class actionJones Day is representing a commercial sterilization company in a putative class action seeking medical monitoring damages from Ethylene Oxide exposure at a facility formerly owned by the client.
  • Ferro Corporation sells its global Tile Coatings Business to Lone Star Funds for $460 millionJones Day advised Ferro Corporation, a leading global supplier of technology-based performance materials, in the sale of its global Tile Coatings Business to Pigments Spain, S.L., a portfolio company of Lone Star Funds, for $460 million in cash, with potential earnout payments of up to $32 million in cash based on the performance of the business pre-closing, subject to customary adjustments.
  • Biotechnology company defends against expedited statutory claim by director seeking inspection of corporate books and recordsJones Day represented a clinical-stage biotechnology company in expedited statutory proceedings.
  • Yazaki successfully resolves automaker lawsuit alleging price-fixing and bid riggingJones Day represented Yazaki Corporation and Yazaki North America, Inc. in successfully resolving a civil antitrust lawsuit brought by an automaker following Jones Day's filing of motions for summary judgment and to exclude the plaintiff's sole expert witness.
  • Additional Publications

    • February 28, 2022
      A Lawyer's Guide to Russia-Related Sanctions, American Bar Association
    • November 2021
      The Attorney Manual: Guide to Representation of Children Victimized by the Online Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Material, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    • December 20, 2020
      Ethics Issues for the Unelected Lawyer Spouse, American Bar Association
    • December 10, 2020
      Formal Opinion 494: Guidance about Personal Relationships, American Bar Association
    • April 8, 2020
      Five Pointers for Practicing in a Pandemic, American Bar Association
    • April 8, 2020
      Maintaining Remote Control: Six Common-Sense Tips for Telelawyers to Reduce Risk, American Bar Association
    • April 1, 2020
      USA: Does a federal price gouging law even make sense— and, if so, what should it look like?, Concurrences N° 4-2020
    • March 18, 2019
      Formal Opinion 485 Shows No Love to Judges Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Marriages, American Bar Association
    • March 18, 2019
      Attorney Professionalism: Ever More Important in the Fake News Era, American Bar Association

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    2015

    Preventing Inadvertent Misbehavior in Mediation: A Guide to Common Ethics and Professionalism Issues, Dispute Resolution Journal, Vol. 70, No. 2.