Margarita K. O’Donnell Morales
An experienced trial attorney, Margarita K. O’Donnell Morales focuses on white collar criminal defense, representing individuals and corporations in government investigations, criminal prosecutions, and complex civil disputes.
Maggie also served as a former public defender for the District of Columbia, where she represented hundreds of felony and misdemeanor clients and brought numerous cases to trial.
Maggie maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on criminal defense and immigration matters. She is active in the American Bar Association as a member of the Planning Committee for the National Institute on White Collar Crime, which organizes the ABA’s white collar criminal defense conference annually. Maggie is also a Board Member of D.C. Law Students in Court and a member of the Hispanic Bar Association.
During law school, Maggie worked as a teaching assistant for two classes—constitutional law and lawyering—and as a law clerk for several public defender offices. She served as the Community Outreach Chair for the Latino Law Students Association and as a student advocate at the Unemployment Action Center.
Maggie was also a legal intern at the Comité para la Defensa de la Salud, Ética y los Derechos Humanos in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she worked on human rights issues.
- New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009
- Notes Editor, New York University Law Review
- Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar
- Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar
- Community Outreach Chair, Latino Law Students Association
- Columbia University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2004
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Charles A. Beard Prize
District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Hon. Julio M. Fuentes, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
- Hon. Louis H. Pollak, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- Public Defender
- District of Columbia
- Represented a Flint emergency city manager responding to congressional investigation of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.
- Represented a MLB player in a federal civil lawsuit related to allegations of intentionally transmitting a sexually transmitted disease.
- Represented multiple individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies in D.C. Superior Court.
- Represented a pharmacist in disciplinary proceedings by a state board.
- Represents an individual charged in the DOJ’s investigation of FIFA.
- Pro bono representation of individual in immigration proceedings.