Notable Women in Law: Margaret Daun

Class of 2022

  • Category: Notable Women in Law
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 17
  • Undergrad degree/university: Bachelor of Science, Economics – MU
  • Graduate degree/university: Master of Science – Applied Econ. – International and Financial – MU
  • Law degree/university: Juris Doctor at UW Law

Last updated on March 3rd, 2022 at 12:52 pm

As Milwaukee County’s chief legal officer, Margaret Daun is responsible for the provision of civil legal services to all departments and elected officials in the county, as well as various community-facing legal services including guardianship and psychological commitment proceedings.

Daun recently led a Wisconsin delegation in lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors — work that resulted in a settlement providing the state approximately $402 million.

Before moving to her county role, Daun helped oversee the City of Milwaukee’s $1 billion 457(b) Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan. After serving for nearly four years as a plan trustee, Daun became the executive director. First as a trustee and then as executive director, Daun led a restructuring of the plan based on operational, investment and fiduciary best practices, as well as state-of-the-art behavioral finance innovations.

In addition to her current work in the public sector, Daun maintains a small private practice and is a frequent public speaker on a variety of topics, including change management, diversity and inclusion, fiduciary duties, politics and economics.

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