Margaret Avril Lawson

Partner Cincinnati


Since joining Taft in 1982, Margaret has developed proficiency negotiating licenses and technology transfer agreements in high-stakes industries that include biomedical technology, software, e-commerce, data storage and security, publishing and franchising. As a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property group, Margaret’s practice focuses on trademark, trade secret, copyright and right of publicity.

Margaret also oversees the registration and maintenance of IP portfolios in the United States and foreign countries and assists clients with cross-border transactions. She has worked on a variety of business and transactional matters at Taft, including mergers, acquisitions and financing transactions.

Margaret has exemplified the Taft commitment to collaboration in every project. With clients ranging from start-up businesses, inventors and nonprofit organizations to well-established research institutions, banks and multinational corporations, Margaret has a reputation for helping clients navigate sensitive and complex issues.

Margaret currently serves on the firm’s executive committee and as chair of the firmwide communication committee. She previously served as a member of the firm’s recruiting committee.

Margaret graduated from Dartmouth College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association and the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association and serves as Vice President of the Harvard Law School Association of Cincinnati. A published writer and lecturer in trademark, copyright and licensing law, Margaret regularly participates in and moderates the International Trademark Association’s roundtable discussions concerning the right of publicity, trademark and other intellectual property topics.


  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright Law, Corporate Law, Information Technology Law and Trademark Law (2009 - present)

  • "Lawyer of the Year" Honoree, Best Lawyers in America® (2015, 2016, 2019)

  • Honoree, Chambers USA, Intellectual Property (2011 - present) 

  • Honoree, Ohio Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property (2004 - 2007, 2015 - 2018)

  • Honoree, Leading Lawyers, Copyright & Trademark (2006 - present) 

  • Top 10 Tristate Women in Business Law Honoree, Cincy Women’s Business Magazine (2007)

  • Shattered Glass Award Honoree (2017)

  • Leading Women in Law Honoree, Leading Woman (1999)

All Service Areas


  • Harvard Law School (1982)
  • Dartmouth College (1979)


  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio
  • State - Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • AV Peer Review Rating (LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell)


  • American Bar Association


  • Cincinnati Bar Association


  • Cincinnati Intellectual Property Law Association


  • International Trademark Association

    Roundtable Moderator

  • Leadership Cincinnati

    Member, Class XXIV

  • One Hundred Wise Women

    Wise Woman/Speaker

Community Involvement

  • Doorstep Music, Inc.

    Former Board Member

  • Economics Center at University of Cincinnati

    Trustee, Board of Trustees

  • Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati

    Former Trustee, Board of Trustees

  • Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

    Member, Steering Committee of Leadership Cincinnati

  • Greater Cincinnati Foundation

    Member, Leadership Council, The Women's Fund

  • Harvard Club of Cincinnati

    Past President
    Past Director

  • Harvard Law School Association

    Vice President

  • International Dyslexia Association

    Legal Advisor
    Member, Southern Ohio Board 

  • Seven Hills School

    Board Member, Annual Giving Leadership Committee

  • Shriners Hospital for Children