O'Donnell, Margo Wolf


PARTNER, Vice Chair, Labor & Employment Practice Group, Chicago


Margo Wolf O’Donnell is a partner in Benesch’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. She is an experienced litigator who handles a variety of cases, including litigation involving restrictive covenants, business torts, employment issues, intellectual property and class action defense. Margo’s experience includes federal, state and administrative agency litigation involving allegations of sex, race, national origin, disability and age discrimination, wage-and-hour violations and breach of contract. She has represented her clients from the initial litigation stages through trial and appeal. Margo received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. magna cum laude with distinction from Yale University.

Margo also acts as a business adviser to her clients, helping them to anticipate and prevent disputes. She regularly counsels clients and drafts agreements relating to a variety of employment-related issues, including individual and group discharges, releases, confidentiality agreements, noncompetition agreements and internal investigations. She is a frequent speaker and has been widely quoted by various national media outlets on topics relating to the prevention of litigation.

Margo has received numerous accolades for her work. Crain’s Chicago included Margo in its inaugural list of “Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago.” She has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America, and as one of the “Top 10 Women Employment Management Attorneys in Illinois” by Leading Lawyer. Chambers & Partners recognized Margo as an “Inspiring Role Model Promoting Gender Diversity.” Best Lawyers named Margo as one of fifteen “Women of Influence” in the legal profession nationwide, and Law Bulletin Publishing Company selected Margo for its inaugural “40 under 40 Hall of Fame” edition and as one of 15 “Women Making an Impact” in its edition of Women in Law. Illinois Super Lawyers has recognized Margo as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois” and “Top 50 Women Attorneys in Illinois.” Margo holds an “AV Preeminent” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (the highest possible rating).