Margaret L. Carter is a skilled trial attorney and former federal prosecutor who specializes in high-stakes civil and white collar criminal trials, complex litigation, sensitive internal investigations and regulatory matters. Her extensive government experience includes the prosecution of complex financial fraud, civil rights, and public corruption cases.
Maggie’s industry experience is broad—she has represented companies and individuals in the investment funds, entertainment, financial services, health care, technology, education, and telecommunications industries in criminal, civil, and investigations matters.
Maggie also represents a large public entity on immigration issues and has filed numerous amicus briefs to further the entity’s support of immigrant residents and local law enforcement priorities.
In addition to her practice, Maggie dedicates significant time to pro bono advocacy and community involvement. Together with the ACLU of Nevada, the ACLU National Federation, and the former Federal Public Defender in Las Vegas, she recently spearheaded a civil rights class action against the State of Nevada and Governor to challenge how the State of Nevada provides criminal defense services to indigent defendants.
Maggie also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Trial Advocacy Prosecution Program, which trains associates to prosecute misdemeanor crimes in California’s Redondo Beach, allowing the small city to take on special projects it otherwise might not have the resources to handle.
Maggie serves on the board of the Western Center on Law & Poverty and helps to drive the organization’s mission to advocate for low-income Californians. She also serves on the board of Radio Bilingüe, Inc. and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, on the Los Angeles County Bar Associate Litigation Section Executive Committee, and as Co-Chair of the ABA White Collar Crime Southern California Subcommittee.
As an associate, Maggie was a founding member of the Board of KIPP Academy of Opportunity, a public charter middle school in South Los Angeles.
Maggie spent eight years as a prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where she focused on public corruption, civil rights, and sophisticated fraud cases, including those involving charges of embezzlement, money laundering, health care fraud, and identity theft.
Maggie conducted a sweeping investigation of the largest sheriff’s department in the United States, which has resulted in the convictions of the former Sheriff and Undersheriff, and 19 other current and former officers. She has also served on the Department of Justice Medicare Fraud Strike Force and as Identity Theft Coordinator.
Maggie has worked closely with regulators from federal agencies including the FBI, IRS, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Homeland Security.
As a prosecutor, Maggie led dozens of significant prosecutions, won convictions in several high-profile jury trials, and argued and briefed cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also served as a mentor to new prosecutors in trial.
Maggie’s cases have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal, and on public radio’s “This American Life.” Maggie has received awards from the FBI, IRS, Department of Homeland Security, the United States Postal Service, Department of Labor, the Small Business Administration, the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, the Los Angeles Business Journal, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Prior to her service as an Assistant United States Attorney, Maggie spent five years as Associate and Counsel at O’Melveny. During that time, she focused on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation and was a member of three trial teams.
Before becoming a lawyer, Maggie was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she specialized in growth strategy, primarily in the energy and technology sectors.
- Harvard University, J.D.: magna cum laude; Vice President, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau; Articles Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation
- Harvard University, A.B., Government: magna cum laude; Stride Rite Public Service Scholar; Harvard National Scholar
Admissions : California
Court Admissions :
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
Professional Activities :
- Clerkships : Honorable Richard A. Paez, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- Co-Chair : ABA White Collar Crime Committee, Southern California Regional Subcommittee (2016-present)
- Board Member
- Western Center on Law & Poverty
- Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
- LACBA Litigation Section Executive Committee
- Counsel in obtaining dismissal of SEC Rule 10b-5 securities fraud class action litigation against premium cable and satellite television network.
- Represents a large public entity on immigration issues; advocacy has included numerous amicus briefs to further the entity’s support of immigrant residents and local law enforcement priorities.
- Represents investment fund and its principals in actions related to positions in portfolio companies.
- Counsel to auto-auctions-related companies in negotiations with California state regulators.
- Represented the former general counsel of Broadcom in a Department of Justice investigation and civil lawsuit involving the largest restatement in the country for alleged stock options backdating.
- Secured a 48-month custodial sentence after a two-week trial of police sergeant who used excessive force in TASERing and pepper spraying arrestees in back-to-back incidents.
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