Margaret Jennings Meier

Professional Profile
Efficient and practical, Margie’s practice is an intentional hybrid, as it blends who she is with what she knows—merging her Mid-Western Iowa roots with her business litigation prowess. Meier regularly appears in state and federal courts representing clients in business, employment, products or professional liability matters, including those involving the environmental and agricultural economy of the United States. Margie is licensed in Minnesota and Iowa state and federal courts and recently served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the state of North Dakota.

Margie obtained a degree in journalism and entrepreneurial business with distinction from Iowa State University, and then her law degree magna cum laude from Drake University Law School where she served as an editor of the Drake Agricultural Law Journal.

Margie is an active leader in bar and business organizations and has served as chair of the New Lawyers sections of both the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association. Margie is a graduate of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Saint Paul, a community social and economic leadership program and a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Law School
Drake University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Production Editor 2006-2007, Editorial Staff 2005-2006
American Bar Association Moot Court Team 2006-2007
Moot Court Board 2005-2007
Blackstone American Inn of Court 2006-2007
Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity 2004-2007

Iowa State University, B.A., with distinction, 2004
Major in Journalism, Minors in English and Entrepreneurial Business

American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division National Spring Conference Host Committee (2013)
Minnesota State Bar Association, New Lawyers Section Chair (2013-2014)
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Ramsey County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Minnesota; Iowa; U.S. District Court: District of Minnesota; District of Northern Iowa; District of Southern Iowa.

Honors & Awards
Order of the Barristers
Minnesota State Bar Association New Lawyers Section Dedicated Service Award
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association Deb Oberlander Award
Named Minnesota Lawyer Up & Coming Attorney 2012
Rising Star 2013, Super Lawyers

Publications & Seminars
Author: “Message from the Chair”, MSBA Hearsay (October 2013)

Panelist: What's Up in the Law, MSBA CLE (September 2013)

Author: 5 Quick Tips for Trustees on Upholding Fiduciary Duties & Avoiding Conflicts, (May 2013)

Presenter: Insurance and Lawsuits and Lawyers, Oh My, 41st Annual Minneapolis School of Anesthesia Student Organization Educational Seminar (Feb 2013)

Author: Fixed Percentage Option Offers An Uncomplicated Alternative To Otherwise Potentially Complicated Settlements Involving Medical Liens, MSBA Hearsay (Summer 2012)

Panelist: Candid Advice for New Lawyers,  MNCLE The New Lawyer Experience (July 2012)

2009 USLAW NETWORK National Compendium of Law (Minnesota)

Co-Presenter: Taking Control of the Wheel: Navigating Litigation Your Way on a Road of Difficult Witnesses and Opposing Counsel, MDLA Mid-Winter Conference (February 2009)

Co-Presenter: ADR Best Practice - Settlement and Preparation, MDLA Mid-Winter Conference (February 2008)

Author: Note, Bioenergy: Fueling the Future? 12 Drake J. Agric. L. 205 (2007)

Representative Trials and Decisions
Aristy vs. Holinka Brain injury. 50-50 allocation.

McDonald vs. Pietrafitta Professional Liability. Punitive Damages. Defense Verdict.

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, As Trustee For Morgan Stanley Abs I Capital Inc., Msac 2007-He2, V. Karen N. Wilson, Et Al. Representation of Deutsche Bank on counterclaim for mortgage reformation. Directed verdict in favor of Deutsche Bank.

Abbott v. Jordan Professional liability. Summary Judgment.