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Margo Wolf O

Margo Wolf O'Donnell

Partner
Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Practice Group
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Margo Wolf O’Donnell is a partner in and Co-Chair of Benesch’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. She is an experienced litigator who handles a variety of cases, including litigation involving restrictive covenants, business torts, employment issues, intellectual property and class action defense. Margo’s experience includes federal, state and administrative agency litigation involving allegations of sex, race, national origin, disability and age discrimination, wage-and-hour violations and breach of contract. She has represented her clients from the initial litigation stages through trial and appeal. Margo received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. magna cum laude with distinction from Yale University.

Margo also acts as a business adviser to her clients, helping them to anticipate and prevent disputes. She regularly counsels clients and drafts agreements relating to a variety of employment-related issues, including individual and group discharges, releases, confidentiality agreements, noncompetition agreements and internal investigations. She is a frequent speaker and has been widely quoted by various national media outlets on topics relating to the prevention of litigation.

Margo has received numerous accolades for her work. Crain’s Chicago included Margo in its inaugural list of “Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago.” She has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America, and as one of the “Top 10 Women Employment Management Attorneys in Illinois” by Leading Lawyer. Chambers & Partners recognized Margo as an “Inspiring Role Model Promoting Gender Diversity.” Best Lawyers named Margo as one of fifteen “Women of Influence” in the legal profession nationwide, and Law Bulletin Publishing Company selected Margo for its inaugural “40 under 40 Hall of Fame” edition and as one of 15 "Women Making an Impact" in its edition of Women in Law. Illinois Super Lawyers has recognized Margo as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois” and “Top 50 Women Attorneys in Illinois.”  Margo holds an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest possible rating).

Margo also is Past President and recipient of the Leadership Award of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, and she is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.  Margo serves on the Boards of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law, Yale Chicago, the Woman's Athletic Club of Chicago and the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • EDUCATION

    • University of Michigan Law School, 1994, J.D.
    • Yale University, 1990, B.A.
      • Magna Cum Laude with distinction in history
  • BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS, LICENSES, CERTIFICATES

    • Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • MEMBERSHIPS, ASSOCIATIONS, OTHER ACTIVITIES

    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
    • Auxiliary Board, Art Institute of Chicago
    • President, Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law 2013–14
    • Development Committee, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
    • Board of Directors, Yale Alumni Fund
    • Board of Directors, Yale Club of Chicago
    • Women's Advisory Board Member, Chicago Lawyer magazine