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, applying U.S., EU, Brazilian, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Swiss substantive laws (among others). 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 has secured asylum on behalf of political dissidents from Venezuela and Nicaragua.
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.
- 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
Preventing Inadvertent Misbehavior in Mediation: A Guide to Common Ethics and Professionalism Issues, Dispute Resolution Journal, Vol. 70, No. 2.
- Cornell University (J.D. 2016, Concentration in Advocacy; Dean's List; CALI Awards for highest grade in Dispute Resolution Practicum course and Mediation: Theory and Practice course; Round of 16, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot); Bates College (B.A. 2013, Political Economy)
- Ohio; New York; U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Ohio, Western District of Michigan, District of South Carolina, and Southern District of West Virginia; and U.S. Immigration Court
- Extern, Office of the New York State Attorney General (2015)