Margaret Daum is a member of our Public Policy Practice, who advises clients facing congressional investigations, including the coordination and implementation of strategic defenses, media and public policy.
Margaret represents clients in sensitive and high-profile matters before House and Senate Committees, State Attorneys General, and the Department of Justice, and has led teams preparing senior executives and whistleblowers for congressional hearings and interviews with congressional staff. Margaret also assists clients with assessing and mitigating the risks of congressional investigations.
Before joining Squire Patton Boggs in 2019, Margaret spent more than a decade on Capitol Hill, where she led or played a major role in investigations in both the Senate and House of Representatives. As the Democratic Staff Director at the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and its powerful Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Margaret led a wide range of oversight and investigations examining possible criminal activity, fraud, waste, abuse or mismanagement, including investigations into the sales and marketing practices of opioid manufacturers, the cost of prescription drugs, online sex trafficking and Backpage.com, and customer service in the cable and satellite television industry.
Previously, Margaret served as the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Financial & Contracting Oversight and Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, where she directed investigations into sexual assault at colleges and universities, aggressive sales and marketing tactics in the medical equipment industry, wartime contracting practices in Iraq and Afghanistan, and mismanaged and mismarked graves at Arlington National Cemetery.
Prior to serving in the Senate, Margaret served as Counsel for the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform under Chairman Henry Waxman, where she conducted investigations into the federal government and private sector.