Margaret Samadi is an associate at Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd, LLC, where her practice is concentrated on representing victims of mesothelioma. She fights zealously for the rights of individuals who have been affected by this deadly disease. Margaret focuses her practice on appellate and motion practice, intensive discovery strategy and legal research and writing. She has authored appellate briefs in the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Illinois, the Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Margaret successfully authored and argued Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd, LLC v. 3M Co., 2016 IL App (5th) 150235-U, where she obtained a favorable opinion from the Fifth District Appellate Court of Illinois on behalf of MRHFM clients. Margaret was part of the four-person trial team who obtained a $100+ million verdict in Olson v. Brenntag North America, Inc., New York’s first case to go to verdict against Johnson & Johnson for asbestos-contaminated cosmetic powder products.
A native of rural Illinois, Margaret is passionate about using her skills to give a voice to those seeking justice in our court system. She graduated cum laude from Washington University Law School, where she received the Order of Barristers for excellence in oral advocacy. Before graduating, Margaret interned at the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and a full-service St. Louis law firm. She was also a legal clerk for a St. Louis Circuit Court judge. Her pro bono work is focused on asylum immigration cases.
Margaret is happily married and lives in Kirkwood, Missouri.
Representative Publications/Speaking Engagements
AAJ’s 2020 Amped-Up Virtual Convention – July 13-15, 2020 – National Legal Decisions Directly Impacting Asbestos Litigation
ISBA lunch at John Marshall Law School – Oct. 21, 2019 – Careers in International and Immigration Law
A Bridge Too Far: Ford Motor Company v. Montana Eighth Judicial Circuit Court and Ford Motor Company v. Bandemer, M. Samadi and J. Ruckdeschel, Mealey’s Litigation Report: Asbestos (LexisNexis), Nov. 11, 2020
Weaving a Stronger Fabric, M. Samadi and S. Rineberg, Trial Magazine, June 2017
Women in Law, HarrisMartin’s Midwest Asbestos Litigation Seminar, Sept. 6, 2018
The Importance of Diversity in Asbestos Litigation, Plaintiffs Asbestos Litigation Seminar, May 16, 2018
Personal Jurisdiction: Evolving Issues in Asbestos Cases, Plaintiffs Asbestos Litigation Seminar, May 17, 2017
Cross-examining the Purveyors of Doubt Science, American Association of Justice Annual Convention, July 22, 2016
Doubt is Their Product, Plaintiffs Asbestos Litigation Seminar, May 11, 2016
Washington University in St. Louis - J. D.
- Scholar in Law, Cum Laude, Order of Barristers, Dean's List, CALI Excellence for the Future Aware (Highest Grade in a Course: Products Liability)
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - B.A. Mass Communication
- Chancellor's Scholar, Magna Cum Laude