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Margaret Cooney

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When she was just a small child, Margaret was described by her family as a “baby with a briefcase” due to her focused, no-nonsense nature and problem solving abilities. She also developed a love for theater at a young age as well. Litigation for the wrongfully injured called to her as a natural intersection of her interests and abilities.

While she was attending Duquesne Law, Margaret participated in three national mock trial competitions as part of Duquesne’s Trial Advocacy Team. Her team made it to the semifinal rounds twice. She also acted as the staff editor for the Duquesne Law Review and a research assistant for four professors.

Today, she joins Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. with an intentional focus on nursing home cases, having previously interned at this very law office, as well as the Office of the Allegheny County Public Defender. She hopes through her advocacy that justice can be brought to wrongdoers, compensation and closure given to the wrongfully harmed, and prevention can be applied to potential future cases of abuse or neglect. She and Attorney Bob Daley work together on our firm's nursing home cases to provide the best possible representation for cases that other law firms would often refuse to take due to the difficulty.

In her free time, Margaret participates in local theater, visits local parks and coffee shops for some quiet time, explores the Allegheny National Forest while camping, or studies and reads in the public library. She is also a springtime coach for the Duquesne Trial Advocacy Team for the Texas Young Lawyers Association 2019 National Trial Competition.


  • Gannon University
    • B.A., English
    • Summa cum laude
  • Duquesne Law
    • J.D. (2018)
    • Magna cum laude

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 Kandy Reidbord Ehrenwerth Award
  • 2018 Lynette Norton Memorial Award
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • The Order of Barristers 2018, member
    • Awarded for outstanding achievement in moot court

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania