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, including prevailing after a six-week jury trial in federal court resulting in a multi-million dollar judgment against Brigham & Women’s Hospital in 2009. 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 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.