George Washington University,
J.D., with honors, 1981
University of Rochester,
B.A., magna cum laude, 1978
Phi Beta Kappa
District of Columbia
Maritime Law Association of U.S.
Chair, Marine Financing Committee
Former Chair, Marine Financing Subcommittee on Coast Guard Documentation and U.S. Citizenship
Former Chair, Marine Financing Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Recodification of Title 46
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Former Member, Legal Committee
Co-Chair, Air, Rail and Marine Subcommittee
American Bar Association
Washington D.C. Bar Association
Women in International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA)
American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
Listed in "Washington D.C. Super Lawyers," 2013-Present
Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for Admiralty and Maritime Law, 2010-Present
Named Lawyer of the Year for Admiralty and Maritime Law in Washington D.C. by "Best Lawyers," 2015
Thompson Coburn LLP
Lillick McHose & Charles
Margie's practice spans more than 30 years representing borrowers, lenders, lessors, and lessees in structuring, negotiating, and closing financing transactions, including leases, leveraged leases, and cross-border transactions.
Nationally recognized for her equipment finance experience, particularly in the maritime industry, Margie also handles equipment sales and purchases, and portfolio sales. Known for her diligence and attention to detail, she has worked on many complex financing structures, including transactions that have multiple tiers of debt secured by thousands of vessels.
In addition to financing transactions, Margie counsels private equity and hedge fund clients in their investments in maritime businesses, including in the U.S. Jones Act trade. Margie counsels clients on maritime regulatory matters, including citizenship qualification before the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd), the applicability of the Jones Act, the registration of ships in the United States and foreign countries, and the MarAd capital construction fund program.
Margie also practices in the area of trade finance through representation of banks that support the export of goods and services from the U.S. by providing loans that are guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). Such projects have included the export of fire-fighting equipment and carpet weaving equipment to China.
Margie is Managing Partner of the DC office and Vice-chair of the firm's Federal Practice Group.
Co-Author, "Equipment Leasing-Leveraged Leasing (5th Edition)" Chapter 9, Commercial Vessels, published by Practising Law Institute;
Co-Author, "Coast Guard issues new citizenship 'Mechanisms of Compliance'"
November 28, 2012
Author, "Coast Guard to issue citizenship notice on Nov. 3"
November 3, 2011
Co-Author, "Financing Vessels with the Capital Construction Fund Program";
ELT Magazine, March-April 2011