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Margaret J. Lockhart
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Margaret practices in the areas of labor and employment law, business litigation, and education law.She is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in employment and labor law. She has tried cases in both state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies and has argued appeals in state and federal courts, including the Ohio Supreme Court. Margaret also handles labor negotiations, arbitrations, policy and handbook reviews, teacher termination proceedings, and supervisor training for private and public sector employers. Margaret lectures frequently on labor and employment and education law topics.

Margaret served for ten years as a judge pro tem of the Perrysburg Municipal Court. Margaret served as law clerk to the Hon. Robert E. DeMascio, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1986-88. She joined Marshall & Melhorn in 2014, after practicing with a Toledo litigation firm for more than twenty-five years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in 1982 and a law degree magna cum laude from Rutgers University Law School in 1986. Margaret was Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Law Review.

Margaret is admitted to practice in Ohio, Michigan, New York, and New Jersey, numerous federal district courts and courts of appeal and the United States Supreme Court.
Employment and Discrimination Claims
Labor Negotiations
General Business, Commercial and Contract claims
Education law
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - Newark, Newark, New Jersey, 1986, J.D., Magna Cum Laude

The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1982, B.A.
Chapter Editor, How to Take a Case Before the NLRB(BNA)
Developing Trial Lawyers in the Age of Shrinking Dockets, ABA, The Verdict (2011) and Woman Advocate (2010)

Transparency in Troubled Times, ABA Woman Advocate (2009)
Perrysburg Historic Landmark Commission (2006-2011)

Zonta Club of Toledo Board of Trustees

United Way Women’s Initiative

Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute Board of Advisors

Partners in Education Board of Trustees
Toledo Bar Association

Toledo Women’s Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Ohio Management Lawyers Association

Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys

American Bar Association

Ohio Women’s Bar Association
Listed in annual editions of Best Lawyers in America since 2008
o Commercial Litigation
o Employment Law – Management
o Labor Law – Management
o Litigation – Labor & Employment

Best Lawyers Toledo Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year 2015
Best Lawyers Toledo Labor Law-Management Lawyer of the Year 2016

Toledo Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the year

Listed in annual editions of Ohio Super Lawyers
Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellows Class of 2004

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Toledo Women’s Bar Association Arabella Babbs Mansfield Award, 2009
Obtained defense verdicts and affirmance on appeal for Fortune 500 companies in federal and state race discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment cases.

Secured summary judgment for large and small employers in discrimination and retaliation cases under Title VII, ADA, FMLA, and state law.

Successfully defended administrative claims before Ohio and Michigan fair employment agencies, EEOC, OSHA, DOL, OFCCP, NLRB, and SERB.

Successfully represented national healthcare employer in U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court in case where U.S. Supreme Court rejected NLRB’s long-standing definition of supervisory status in health care facilities.

Secured preliminary injunctive relief and negotiated resolution of non-compete claims on behalf of employers.

Successfully defended pension plan administrators against ERISA claims.

Negotiated private and
public sector collective bargaining agreements.

Secured summary judgment on threshold legal issues leading to beneficial settlements for policyholders in insurance coverage litigation.