Margaret A. Lawson - Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Margaret A. Lawson

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

MARGARET AVRIL LAWSONjoined the firm in 1982 and is chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice.  Ms. Lawson graduated from Dartmouth College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Harvard Law School. Her intellectual property practice includes trademark, trade secret, copyright, privacy and data security, and right of publicity. Ms. Lawson has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating license agreements, technology transfer agreements and other contracts in areas that include biomedical technology, computer software and hardware, e-commerce, publishing and franchising. She oversees the registration and maintenance of trademark portfolios in the United States and foreign countries. Ms. Lawson's practice also has included representation of limited liability companies, corporations (including nonprofit associations) and partnerships in a variety of business matters, including mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions. She is a member of the Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association and the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association. Ms. Lawson also serves as secretary of the Harvard Law School Association of Cincinnati. She has published articles, and lectured and moderated the International Trademark Association's roundtable discussions concerning the right of publicity, trademark and other intellectual property topics. Ms. Lawson was honored as the 1999 Leading Woman in Law by Leading Women, a coalition of Greater Cincinnati women's groups. She was a member of Leadership Cincinnati Class XXIV, sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and was appointed to the Steering Committee. She is recognized by Best Lawyers in America in three categories: corporate law, information technology law and intellectual property law. She was also named an Ohio Super Lawyer, a listing of the top five percent of Ohio attorneys published by Cincinnati Magazine. She serves on the boards of the Economics Center at the University of Cincinnati and the Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati (ESCC). Ms. Lawson currently serves on the Executive Committee, has served as a member of the firm's Recruiting Committee and has chaired the Professional Women's Resource Group (PWRG).


Dartmouth CollegeBA 1979Harvard Law SchoolJ.D. 1982

Client Comments

"Margaret is responsive, knowledgeable, and well-spoken, listens well, remembers well, and is trustworthy. We have used Margaret since we started the business. She has helped us immensely as we have grown and faced numerous legal issues. We trust her and she is always looking out for our best interest. "

-James Stegeman
CostQuest Associates, Inc.

"Margaret is always very accommodating when we need her legal expertise. She is accessible and extremely competent; I have a great level of confidence in her. One of the things that I have appreciated about Margaret is that she explains complex legal issues to me in a language that I can understand (without making me feel incompetent). She's a pleasure to work with."

-Cindi Flick
Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau

"There is always a prompt response when a question, concern, contract/agreement, or anything is submitted to Margaret Lawson. Everything is handled in a timely manner with very constructive feedback regardless of the subject. If there is a question that cannot be answered from the firm's own knowledge, they always go out and find the answer for us. I can always count on them to get us where we need to be in negotiations and protect us from liabilities. Margaret always expresses her feedback in legal language and then provides more detail if I am unfamiliar with the legal concepts. She is very proactive and always has everything under control no matter how much is on her plate at a given time."

-Katie Schaeffer
Business Development Manager
Schaeffer's Investment Research

Office Location

425 Walnut Street, Suite 1800
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3957
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Information Technology Law of the Cincinnati Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Trademark Law of the Cincinnati Metro Area
Margaret A. Lawson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Margaret A. Lawson has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Copyright Law
Corporate Law (Closely-Held Businesses, Family Businesses, Franchise, General Corporate, Intellectual Property, Mergers & Acquisitions, Structuring of Business Entities, Technology, Transactions)
Information Technology Law
Trademark Law

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