Council Emeritus
Life Member

The Hon. M. Margaret McKeown

San Diego, CA
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
University of Wyoming
Georgetown University Law Center

Margaret McKeown has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit since 1998. Before that, she was a partner at Perkins Coie in Seattle, where she specialized in intellectual property and complex litigation.

Judge McKeown was elected to the ALI in 1993 and was elected to the Council in 2009. She serves as an Adviser on the Restatement Fourth, Foreign Relations Law of the United States - Treaties Section; the Restatement Third, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration project; and the International Intellectual Property project.

She was a White House Fellow in 1980-81, serving as special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior and special assistant at the White House. In 1993, she served as a Japan Society Leadership Fellow. Judge McKeown was honored by the Seattle-King County Bar Association with its Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award, and she was named by the National Law Journal as one of "the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers" in the United States. She has received a number of other awards, including the American Bar Association’s 2010 Margaret Brent Women of Achievement Award.

EDUCATION: University of Wyoming, B.A.; Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.  

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Areas of Expertise
Intellectual Property
International Law
Business Law (Commercial Law)
Corporate Law (Commercial Law)