Margaret Pinkham

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(781) 933-6840

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(781) 932-9482

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Margaret Pinkham protects the interests of her clients in a variety of contexts. She has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration matters arising out of commercial transactions and business operations. She has tried cases and handled appeals in both state and federal courts and achieved impressive results in doing so.  In addition to her broader litigation experience, Margaret focuses on employment-related disputes and counseling. She has defended harassment and discrimination and privacy claims in jury trials and administrative public hearings. She has prosecuted and defended several claims relating to enforcement of confidentiality, non competition and non solicitation provisions.   In 2018-2022, she represented a financial services firm in suits against four departing employees, obtaining injunctions against each advisor, and ultimately trying one case in arbitration to judgment in her client’s favor and reaching favorable settlements in the others.  Margaret provides risk management advice to clients addressing employment agreements, discipline, termination and severance agreements.

Margaret also represents clients in Land Court proceedings arising out of the grant or denial of special permits, and in adverse possession claims.  Three cases that went to trial resulted in judgments in her clients’ favor in 2012, 2013 and 2021.  In 2009, a six-week jury trial in federal court resulted in a multi-million-dollar judgment for her client against Brigham & Women’s Hospital.   Margaret represented Simon Property Group and its affiliates in 2004-2008 in state and federal courts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut over the ability of State Legislatures to regulate the Simon Visa Gift Cards issued by national banks, resulting in rulings in both the First and Second Circuit Courts of Appeal favorable to Simon.

After a three-week trial in the Business Litigation Session in Suffolk Superior Court in 2007, the court found in favor of Margaret’s clients against AIG Domestic Claims and its affiliate, National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburg, ruling that the defendants engaged in unfair insurance and trade practices, awarding multiple damages and $1 million in attorney’s fees. Margaret was trial counsel in a case that had the largest jury verdict in Massachusetts in 2004.

Before co-founding Pinkham Busny, Margaret was a member of the litigation department at Brown Rudnick LLP. Upon graduation from law school, Margaret clerked for the Honorable W. Stephen Thayer III of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

After a three-week trial in the Business Litigation Session in Suffolk Superior Court in 2007, the court found in favor of Margaret’s clients against AIG Domestic Claims and its affiliate, National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburg, ruling that the defendants engaged in unfair insurance and trade practices, awarding multiple damages and $1 million in attorneys fees. Margaret was trial counsel in a case that had the largest jury verdict in Massachusetts in 2004.

In addition to her broader litigation experience, Margaret focuses on employment-related disputes and counseling. She has defended harassment and discrimination and privacy claims in jury trials and administrative public hearings. She has prosecuted and defended several claims relating to enforcement of confidentiality, non competition and non solicitation provisions. Margaret also provides risk management advice to clients addressing employment agreements, discipline, termination and severance agreements.

Before co-founding Pinkham Busny, Margaret was a member of the litigation department at Brown Rudnick LLP for 16 years. Upon graduation from law school, Margaret clerked for the Honorable W. Stephen Thayer III of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

EDUCATION

  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1992
  • Managing Editor, Suffolk Transnational Law Review.
  • Harvard College, B.A, Economics, cum laude, 1988.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer 2004, 2010-2022
  • Top Women of Law, Lawyers Weekly, 2010
  • 2009 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court John Adams and John Quincy Adams Pro Bono Publico Award for Distinguished Service and Outstanding Commitment in Providing Volunteer Legal Services for the Poor and Disadvantaged Citizens of the Commonwealth.

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Member, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York Bars 
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, United States Supreme Court

CIVIC AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Panel Member – Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys’ Annual Continuing Legal Education Seminar on Chapter 93A – May 2012
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education – Panel Chair “ Effective Oral Advocacy” 10/2011
  • Faculty Member in New England Civil Trial Advocacy 2011, MCLE.
  • Member, Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Woburn, 2004-present. 
  • Co-chair, Boston Bar Association Litigation Section Pro Bono Committee, 2004-2007.
  • Pro Bono representation of Rosie’s Place, Inc., a shelter for poor and homeless women, 1995-present. 
  • Pro Bono representation of Wrentham Association, in MA District Court class action civil rights/institutional reform case, 2004-2009.