Margaret E. Dalton


Margaret ("Maggie") Dalton is a partner in the firm's business litigation group. Maggie represents a wide variety of clients in all phases of complex commercial litigation in both federal and state court, and in arbitration. Maggie has significant experience managing multi-million dollar disputes involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and tortious interference. Maggie's practice area covers a broad range of industries, including food and beverage, agribusiness, energy, and medical devices. Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Maggie worked as an associate for Kirkland & Ellis LLP in San Francisco, as a volunteer misdemeanor attorney for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office, and as a law clerk for the Honorable Ann D. Montgomery, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

Representative Work

  • Defended a medical device company and its employees against multi-million dollar claims for tortious interference and breach of non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality covenants in employment agreements
  • Represented a renewable energy company in a $230 million dispute over a utility’s termination of contracts for the purchase of a wind project
  • Represented a hardware technology company against claims regarding a dispute over inventorship in pending patent applications
  • Advised a food company client regarding allergen labeling and the proper interpretation of FDA regulations
  • Assisted in defending a food company against breach of contract claims related to a sunflower oil refinery
  • Assisted in defending a food company against fraudulent transfer and successor-in-interest liability claims related to an orange juice processing facility
  • Assisted in defending a private equity firm against multi-million dollar claims of fraud and negligence
  • Wrote and submitted amicus brief to Minnesota Supreme Court in Oluf Johnson v. Paynesville Farmers Union Cooperative Oil Company, arguing against a claim of trespass by particulate matter related to pesticide drift, and for the proper interpretation of National Organic Program regulations implementing the Organic Foods Production Act
  • First-chaired five criminal jury trials involving charges of driving under the influence, making threats, exhibiting a deadly weapon, and agreeing to engage in prostitution

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Selected as a Top Female Attorney, Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2015
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Business Litigation), Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2014-2016
  • Recognized as a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association for performing more than 50 hours of pro bono work, 2013
  • Received pro bono award from the San Francisco Volunteer Legal Services Program for successfully assisting a homeless man in obtaining supplemental security income benefits.
  • Received International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award for work with the Georgetown University Law Center Juvenile Justice Clinic.

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer attorney, Children's Law Center of Minnesota



  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2005, cum laude
  • Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
    Bachelor of Arts, English and Psychology, 2001, magna cum laude


  • Minnesota
  • California
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Central Districts of California

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