Since 1990, Margaret H. Gillespie has represented employers in all types of employment litigation through trial and appeals. She has extensive experience in defending employers in wage and hour class actions, collective actions brought under the California Business and Professions Code Section 17200, the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA), and single and multi-plaintiff lawsuits involving claims for:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Failure to reasonably accommodate disabilities
  • Violations of leave statutes
  • Unfair competition
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims for benefits

In addition to her litigation practice, Margaret counsels employers on all aspects of employment relations and compliance. She assists employers with:

  • Workplace investigations
  • Employment-related compliance audits
  • Reductions-in-force
  • Workplace policies, handbooks, and guidelines

She also regularly conducts training for employers on topics such as harassment prevention and response, workplace privacy issues, and wage and hour best practices.

In law school, Margaret was a member of the Federal Communications Law Journal and the Moot Court Honors Society.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors

Constitutional Rights Foundation


Stanford Professional Women


Litigation and Employment Law sections

Los Angeles County Bar Association


Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles


Advisory Board

Food on Foot


Named, Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers


Speaking Engagements

New Employment and Labor Laws for 2014 and 2015

Los Angeles, CALos Angeles, CA

January 15, 2014

Strategic Value of Employee Handbooks, Job Descriptions, and Performance Evaluations

2012 Workplace & Employment Law Update - The Employers Group

November 15, 2011


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1990
  • A.B., Stanford University, 1987With Distinction


  • French
  • Italian
  • Greek

Bar Admission



  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California