Margaret Truesdale

Margaret Truesdale is an Associate at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. Ms. Truesdale represents clients in state and federal court in a broad range of complex litigation matters, with a concentration in the areas of civil rights, constitutional litigation, false claims act litigation, and labor and employment. She joined the firm in 2020. Ms. Truesdale dedicates pro bono efforts to systemic criminal justice reform as co-chair of the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee of Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers.

Ms. Truesdale served as a law clerk for the Honorable Diane S. Sykes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Truesdale represented companies in complex commercial litigation at Eimer Stahl LLP.

Ms. Truesdale graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where she served as the Senior Notes Editor on the Northwestern University Law Review, participated in the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions, and founded the first law school chapter of the Collaboration for Justice, a systemic justice reform group. During law school, Ms. Truesdale interned at the Federal Defender Program in Chicago, and worked as a research assistant, supervising the translation of academic articles on juries from English to Spanish.

Prior to law school, Ms. Truesdale taught Spanish immersion first grade in Phoenix, Arizona as a Teach for America core member and provided English instruction to public school children in Madrid, Spain.

Ms. Truesdale is a member of the bar in Illinois.


Northwestern University School of Law (J.D. 2017, magna cum laude) — Order of the Coif— Senior Notes Editor, Northwestern University Law Review
Northwestern University (B.A. 2011, cum laude)


Illinois (2017)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Recognition

Included on the Rising Stars list in Illinois by Super Lawyers® (2021-2022)

Memberships / Associations

Co-Chair, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee of Chicago Appleseed and the Chicago Council of Lawyers
Member, Illinois State Bar Association

Presentations & Publications

Jury System From Scratch: Unanimity & Jury Trial Waiver in Salta, Argentina, presentation at the Law & Society Meeting, Mexico City (June 22, 2017)
Margaret Truesdale, Note, Pro-Prosecution Doctrinal Drift, 111 NW. U. L. REV. 1131 (2017).


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