The George Washington University Law School,
J.D., with honors
University of Rochester,
B.A., magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa
District of Columbia
American Bar Association
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Member, Board of Directors, 2017-2019
Co-Chair, Air, Rail and Marine Subcommittee
Member, Women's Council
Former Member, Legal Committee
Maritime Law Association of U.S.
Former Chair, Marine Financing Committee, 2013-2017
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
Named "Lawyer of the Year" for Admiralty and Maritime Law in Washington D.C. by The Best Lawyers in America, 2015; 2018; 2020 (by BL Rankings)
Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" for Admiralty and Maritime Law, 2010-2023 (by BL Rankings)
Listed in "Washington D.C. Super Lawyers," 2013-2022 (by Thomson Reuters)
Recipient of the Edward A. Groobert Award for Legal Excellence from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, 2019
American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers Fellow
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. Experienced in equipment finance, particularly in the maritime industry, Margie also handles equipment sales and purchases, and portfolio sales.
In addition to financing transactions, Margie counsels private equity and hedge fund clients in their investments in maritime businesses 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 by representing 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. Such projects have included the export of fire-fighting equipment and carpet weaving equipment to China.
Margie co-chairs the Firm's Transportation/Project Finance practice area and co-chairs the Federal Practice Group.
Co-Author, "Equipment Leasing-Leveraged Leasing (5th Edition)" Chapter 9, Commercial Vessels, published by Practicing Law Institute;
Published: Nov 2010, Supplement Date: Sep 2017
Co-Author, "Coast Guard issues new citizenship 'Mechanisms of Compliance'"
November 28, 2012
Co-Author, "Financing Vessels with the Capital Construction Fund Program";
ELT Magazine, March-April 2011
Co-author, "Navigating Your Lease Through a Sea of Liens";
LJN's Equipment Leasing Newsletter, July 2008
Presented on the application of the Jones Act to offshore wind for the "Offshore Wind Energy Panel" at the Energy Bar Association (EBA)
Annual Meeting & Conference, May 2019
Spoke about the maritime industry on the panel "Transport Finance in the Age of COVID: Aircraft, Trucks, and Vessels"
at the 2020 ELFA Business Live!, October 2020
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