Serving clients throughout Ohio and the nation Cooper & Kowalski LPA is a diverse group of talented litigators dedicated to innovative, vigorous, results-driven, and cost-efficient pursuit of client objectives. Based in Toledo, Ohio, the firm's trial and appellate lawyers have extensive experience in federal and state courts. Cooper & Kowalski regularly serves regional and national clients:
Fortune 500 corporations Public agencies Health care organizations Financial institutions School Districts Small businesses Closely-held businesses Non-profit organizations Individuals
Cooper & Kowalski was built on establishing creative opportunities to attract quality professionals. The firm is committed to the principles of strength through diversity and is a certified majority women-owned law firm.
Practice areas The firm focuses on the important legal issues facing its broad range of clients. It is organized into full-service practice groups:
Business Litigation Employment and Labor Law Education and Public Law Insurance Recovery Litigation Management Tort Litigation White-Collar Criminal Defense and Corporate Compliance
Cooper & Kowalski attorneys are licensed to practice in Ohio, Michigan, New York, and New Jersey. They represent clients throughout the Midwest and nationally.
Recognized for excellence by clients and peers Since its founding in 1969, Cooper & Kowalski has built a rich reputation for being highly-skilled and knowledgeable problem-solvers.
The attorneys of Cooper & Kowalski are frequently honored by their clients and peers through recognition as Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. The firm is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating available for legal abilities and ethical integrity.
Smart solutions for litigation Cooper & Kowalski's distinguished team focuses on the creative, vigorous, and cost-effective pursuit of client objectives. Our team handles trials and appeals throughout Ohio and nationwide
Margaret J. Lockhart
Ms. Lockhart is a shareholder of Cooper & Kowalski, LPA. She practices in the areas of labor and employment law, school law and business litigation. She is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in Labor & Employment Law, and has tried cases in both state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies. She has argued appeals in state and federal courts, including the Ohio Supreme Court. She also handles labor negotiations, arbitrations, policy and handbook reviews and supervisor training for employers. She served for ten years as a Judge pro tem of the Perrysburg Municipal Court. Ms. Lockhart has been listed since 2008 in annual editions of Best Lawyers in America and Ohio Super Lawyers.
Ms. Lockhart received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in 1982. She received her law degree magna cum laude from Rutgers University Law School in 1986 and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Law Review. Before joining Cooper & Kowalski, Ms. Lockhart served as law clerk to the Hon. Robert E. DeMascio, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Ms. Lockhart is licensed in Ohio, Michigan, New York and New Jersey. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and federal courts across the country. She is active in the ABA’s Employment and Law Practice Management Sections. She is a member of the Ohio Management Lawyers Association, the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, the Toledo and Ohio Women’s Bar Associations, and the Women Lawyers Alliance.