Margaret Lockhart


Of Counsel
Four Seagate
Eighth Floor
Toledo, Ohio 43604


Margaret practices in the areas of labor and employment law, business litigation, and education law. She is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in employment and labor law. She has tried cases in both state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative agencies and has argued appeals in state and federal courts, including the Ohio Supreme Court. Margaret also handles labor negotiations, labor and commercial arbitrations, policy and handbook reviews, workplace investigations, teacher termination proceedings, and supervisor training for private and public sector employers. Margaret lectures frequently on labor and employment and education law topics.

Margaret served for ten years as a judge pro tem of the Perrysburg Municipal Court. Margaret served as law clerk to the Hon. Robert E. DeMascio, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1986-88. She joined Marshall Melhorn in 2014, after practicing with a Toledo litigation firm for more than twenty-five years. 

News / Events

Margaret Lockhart awarded 2019 Lawyer of the Year
Marhsall Melhorn Ohio Super Lawyers

Awards / Recognition

  • Best Lawyers ® Toledo Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year 2019
  • Best Lawyers ® Toledo Labor Law-Management Lawyer of the Year 2018
  • Listed in annual editions of Best Lawyers ® in America since 2008
  • Best Lawyers ® Toledo Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year 2015
  • Best Lawyers ® Toledo Labor Law-Management Lawyer of the Year 2016
  • Listed in annual editions of Ohio Super Lawyers
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellows Class of 2004
  • Toledo Women’s Bar Association Arabella Babbs Mansfield Award, 2009

Professional / Community

Professional Affiliations

  • Toledo Bar Association (Board of Trustees)
  • Toledo Women’s Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association (Labor Law Section Council)
  • Ohio Management Lawyers Association (Steering Committee)
  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys (Executive Committee)
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association

Community Affiliations

  • Perrysburg Historic Landmark Commission (2006-2011)
  • Zonta Club of Toledo Board of Trustees
  • United Way Women’s Initiative
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute Board of Advisors
  • Partners in Education Board of Trustees

Representative Matters

  • Obtained defense verdicts and affirmance on appeal for Fortune 500 companies in federal and state race discrimination, sex discrimination, retaliation, and sexual harassment cases.
  • Secured summary judgment for large and small public and private employers in discrimination and retaliation cases under Title VII, ADA, FMLA, and state law.
  • Successfully defended administrative claims before Ohio and Michigan fair employment agencies, EEOC, OSHA, DOL, OFCCP, NLRB, and SERB.
  • Successfully represented national healthcare employer in U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court in case where U. S. Supreme Court rejected NLRB’s long-standing definition of supervisory status in health care facilities.
  • Secured preliminary injunctive relief and negotiated resolution of non-compete claims on behalf of employers
  • Successfully defended pension plan administrators against ERISA claims.
  • Negotiated private and public sector collective bargaining agreements
  • Secured summary judgment on threshold legal issues leading to beneficial
  • settlements for policyholders in insurance coverage litigation.


J.D., 1986, magna cum laude, Rutgers School of Law - Newark, Editor in Chief, Rutgers Law Review
B.A., 1982, College of William and Mary


New York
New Jersey
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States District Court, Western District of Michigan