Margaret Abernathy

Managing Associate

Los Angeles

Margaret Abernathy is a lawyer in Orrick's Los Angeles office.

Margaret concentrates her work principally in three areas: complex technology-based litigation, intellectual property portfolio strategy, and advising technology companies in general corporate matters. 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.

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. Outside of the office, Margaret volunteers in mentorship programs for her alma maters, and was appointed to the 2020-22 Executive Committee of USC Gould Alumni Association.