Margarita K. O'Donnell Morales
An experienced trial attorney, Margarita K. O’Donnell Morales focuses on white collar criminal defense and civil matters, 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, and as a member of the Planning Committee for the Global White Collar Crime Institute. Maggie is also a Board Member of Rising for Justice (formerly D.C. Law Students in Court), and a member of the Hispanic Bar Association. Maggie speaks Spanish and has experience representing individuals and companies in matters originating in the United States and in Latin America.
- 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. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
- 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 Service
- District of Columbia
- Represents an individual and two companies charged in the DOJ’s investigation of FIFA.
- Represented an MLB player in a federal civil lawsuit related to allegations of intentionally transmitting a sexually transmitted disease.
- Represented a Flint emergency city manager responding to congressional investigation of the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.
- Represented multiple individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies in D.C. Superior Court.
- Represented a pharmacist in disciplinary proceedings by a state board.
- Pro bono representation of individuals in immigration proceedings.
White Collar Crime 2021: SKILLS - Fundamentals of Trial Practice II
American Bar Association
October 27, 2021 | Speaking Engagement
How I Made Partner: 'I Was Upfront About My Hopes and I Asked for Guidance and Advice,' Says Margarita O'Donnell Morales of Zuckerman Spaeder
May 18, 2021 | In the news
Zuckerman Spaeder Announces the Retirement of Partner Eleanor H. Smith and Appointment of Partners Steven N. Herman and Margarita K. O'Donnell Morales to Lead Pro Bono Practice
March 24, 2021 | Press release
Zuckerman Spaeder Names Maggie O’Donnell and Adam Abelson as Partners
January 02, 2020 | Press release
Sports Media Cos. Fined $1M, Will Close Over FIFA Corruption
March 18, 2019 | In the news
Feds Want $1M Fine For Media Co. In Soccer Scandal To Stick
March 15, 2019 | In the news
Federal Prosecutors Dismiss Rioting Charges Against Last Group of Inauguration Day Protestors
July 20, 2018 | Press release
Charges dismissed against former Henrico firefighter accused of rioting during Trump's inauguration
July 09, 2018 | In the news
Federal prosecutors abruptly dismiss all remaining Inauguration Day rioting cases
The Washington Post
July 06, 2018 | In the news
Henrico firefighter charged with rioting in D.C. during inauguration day
February 16, 2017 | In the news