Margaret’s experience includes representing major engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors, general contractors, subcontractors, owners and material suppliers participating in large-scale industrial and commercial construction projects, at the project level and in disputes. She advises clients on dispute avoidance on a real-time basis during construction (advancing and responding to claims, drafting correspondence to position the client to avoid or minimize disputes, advising on complex change orders, etc.) and handles complex construction disputes in court and arbitration. Margaret prepares detailed and documented construction claims (and defends against them using project cost and schedule data), develops and prepares cases through depositions and document discovery, mediates disputes and negotiates settlements, and tries disputes through judgment or arbitration award when they cannot be mutually resolved.
Margaret also has experience in commercial litigation defending class action lawsuits, advising on regulatory matters and compliance issues, conducting internal investigations, and representing clients in a variety of proceedings in state and federal courts and arbitration proceedings.
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Awards and Rankings
Recipient, Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award (2017)
Represents an international engineering and construction company in an eight-figure dispute arising out of a 755-MW combined cycle plant in Maryland with issues involving delay and defective work claims.
Represented the manager of a construction project in Atlanta in a successful arbitration involving contract interpretation.
Represented the construction manager of a mixed-use, multifamily development in navigating upstream and downstream disputes regarding delays and defective work claims, and represented the client in multiple lawsuits arising out of the project.
Guided the general contractor of a high-rise, multifamily construction project in Midtown Atlanta through a significant owner-caused delay and obtained a substantial award for the client after a three-week arbitration to close out the project.
Represented an automotive wholesale inventory lender in a complex, putative class action regarding alleged interest practices.
Represents a Big Four accounting firm in underfunded retirement plan lawsuits.
Won asylum for a pro bono client, ending his seven-month quest for protection in the United States after he fled Haiti, fearing political persecution.
Legal Alert: Lights out for class arbitration - Lamps Plus holds that class arbitration cannot be read into ambiguous arbitration clauses (May 1, 2019)
Consistent with prior US Supreme Court opinions, the Supreme Court held on April 24, 2019, that contractual ambiguity regarding class arbitration may not be construed against the drafter because of ...
Legal Alert: Supreme Court strengthens enforceability of arbitration provisions (January 11, 2019)
In his first Supreme Court opinion, Justice Kavanaugh, writing for a unanimous court, held that when a contract delegates to arbitrators gateway questions regarding arbitrability of disputes, courts ...
Legal Alert: Solar Test Case Heads to North Carolina Supreme Court (January 4, 2018)
The North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), a Durham, North Carolina based activist group, has filed an appeal of a North Carolina Court of Appeals decision upholding the ...
Legal Alert: Plaintiffs’ Voluntary Dismissal Does Not Transform Denial of Class Certification into an Appealable Final Judgment (June 14, 2017)
The Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Justice Ginsburg, has held that 28 U.S.C. 1291 does not confer appellate jurisdiction over an otherwise interlocutory order on class certification ...
Legal Alert: Supreme Court Applies FAA Preemption to Contract Formation (May 16, 2017)
The Supreme Court held yesterday that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state law governing contract formation where a state rule discriminates against arbitration, a holding with broad ...
Eversheds Sutherland Construction Team Nominated for Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2018 (May 9, 2018)
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that the Construction practice has been selected as a finalist for the annual Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2018. The awards are based on ...
Eversheds Sutherland 2016 Pro Bono Hours Add Up for Worthwhile Causes (July 31, 2017)
Eversheds Sutherland is pleased to announce that its attorneys spent more than 15,000 hours on 614 pro bono matters in 2016. The cases, which ranged from contract disputes to high-profile asylum ...
Three Eversheds Sutherland (US) Attorneys Nationally Recognized for Pro Bono Efforts (April 7, 2017)
ATLANTA-Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is pleased to announce that three attorneys were recognized with the Volunteer Attorneys of the Year Award by the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) ...
Sutherland Launches Eleventh Circuit Business Blog (July 26, 2016)
ATLANTA-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce the launch of its newest blog, Eleventh Circuit Business Blog. The blog reports and offers perspectives on newly issued decisions of ...
Sutherland Lands Pro Bono Victory: Court Grants Asylum to Client (May 3, 2016)
ATLANTA-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that a U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Judge granted asylum to a Haitian man represented by the firm on a pro bono basis. The ...
Sutherland Secures Pro Bono Victory on Behalf of Client Facing Persecution in Guatemala (April 28, 2016)
WASHINGTON-Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that its pro bono trial team convinced a U.S. Department of Justice Immigration Judge to grant withholding of removal and protection ...
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