Margaret Abernathy

Managing Associate

Los Angeles

Margaret Abernathy is a managing associate in Orrick's Intellectual Property practice. 

Margaret concentrates her work principally on complex technology-based litigation as well as copyright, trademark and trade secret portfolio management. As a former aerospace engineer, Margaret has a passion for finding innovative tech-driven solutions and brings to the table both a depth of experience in technology as well as an understanding of clients' bottom-line needs. Before practicing law, Margaret worked as a propulsion and satellite systems engineer in the defense and aerospace industry, and co-founded an all-female micro-rocket start up based out of Durham, NC.

Prior to joining Orrick, Margaret served as a judicial law clerk for Judge Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and was an associate at a Vault 100 firm in Washington, D.C. She also worked in-house at SpaceX Technologies.

In addition, Margaret devotes her time to various pro bono matters.  She is passionate about protecting veterans' rights relating to service-related injuries through the appellate process at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the Federal Circuit.