Margaret W. McLaughlin

Margaret W. McLaughlin

Associate

New Orleans

504-565-7561

504-799-4384


Education

  • Tulane University Law School, JD, magna cum laude
  • Georgetown University, BS in International Politics, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

"Be a catalyst for change." This simple phrase drives Margaret to do her best work for her colleagues and her clients. Since her work as an elementary school teacher at a high-needs, year-round school, Margaret has always refused to quit in the hard hours because people rely on her. Margaret is a creative, strategic planner who is adaptable, personable, and passionate. She thrives on building relationships and has a natural teaching disposition, which means clients can expect a knowledgeable and genuine experience when working with her. Margaret is at her best when she is in the thick of a case, collaborating with her teammates, working diligently with her clients to deliver the best possible outcome. No matter the obstacle, Margaret is ready to face each client's unique case with a listening ear and a relentless work ethic.

Important Litigation Involvement

  • Member of trial team representing an equipment manufacturer alleged to have supplied asbestos- containing components within its equipment resulting in the cancer and death of the plaintiff. Primary responsibilities included cross examining fact witnesses at trial, as well as arguing summary judgments, directed verdict, and jury instructions. After two-week jury trial in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the jury returned a complete defense verdict after one hour of deliberation.
  • Represented a Fortune 50 energy company in multiple Louisiana state court trials. Primary responsibilities included preparation for cross examination of plaintiff, fact witnesses, and expert at trial, as well as research into complex maritime law issues, drafting and arguing pre-trial motions, and preparing to argue other significant matters such as directed verdict and jury instructions.  Cases resolved favorably after jury selection.
  • Drafted multiple successful pro bono briefs, including brief to USCIS’s Administrative Appeals which resulted in overturning USCIS denial of Special Immigrant Juvenile Status for young Guatemalan client.
  • Represents Fortune 100 client in connection with both premises and products liability cases relating to benzene and butadiene exposures pending throughout Louisiana and Texas.
  • Represents a subsidiary of Fortune 100 company involving historical exposures to alleged hydrocarbons in client’s products.  Primary and significant responsibilities include identifying multiple corporate representatives and preparing them for their depositions.
  • Significant experience working closely with expert witnesses across multiple disciplines, as well as preparing to cross-examine opposing experts.

Speaking Engagements

  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, Guest Lecturer, Toxic Torts Class, 2020. Topics and class focused on practical experiences in toxic tort related cases, including causation, expert witnesses, and Daubert challenges of expert witnesses.

Publications

Pro Bono & Community Service

  • Juvenile life without parole representation
  • Representation of applicants for Special Immigration Juvenile status
  • Selected for New Orleans Young Leadership Council’s Leadership Development Series

Law School Honors & Awards

  • Order of the Coif, Dean’s Medal for best in class third year academic performance
  • Ettinger Award for excellence in civil litigation program; awards for best in class performance in civil procedure, criminal law, and immigration law
  • Selected for Tulane 34 (University-wide award for academic excellence, service & leadership)
  • Tulane Law Review, Articles Editor

Previous Experience

  • Rule XX Student Attorney in Tulane Civil Rights and Federal Practice Clinic
  • Summer clerk, Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP (2017)
  • Summer clerk, Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office Appeals Department (2016)
  • Award-winning Senior Network Associate for national education non-profit
  • Teach for America, first grade teacher in New Orleans elementary school