Executive Managing Director • United States
Legal Sector Expertise
Margaret Poster has been a leader in the legal sector for over 30 years, joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2019 as Executive Managing Director, Co-Lead of Cushman & Wakefield’s Legal Sector Advisory Group. For 28 years prior to that, Margaret was Chief Operating Officer of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, consistently ranked as an AmLaw 20 Firm. Having been one of the first, and longest-tenured professional law firm COOs, Margaret brings unparalleled expertise to understanding the dynamics of all aspects of law firm business and strategy and providing guidance on their workplace and real estate impact, particularly in a post-Covid environment. Her comprehensive approach enables firms to enhance their brand, reduce occupancy costs and increase profitability. Working with law firms both nationally and internationally, each engagement is designed to achieve the most appropriate real estate solution(s) specifically tailored to each firm’s short- and long-term goals.
Throughout her career, as part of her broader responsibilities, Margaret has led real estate projects, from inception to move-in, relocating firm headquarters, opening offices in new markets, office expansions, renewals, sublets and renovations. Every project was completed on-time and on budget.
At Cushman & Wakefield, she is known for her extensive understanding of the legal sector and how today’s market trends are impacting workplace policies and design, as well as broader firm strategy.
During her tenure at Willkie, Margaret was a member of the Office of the Chair. She was also a leader in the profession, serving as co-chair of the Executive Directors’ Forum and organizer and speaker at industry conferences sponsored by Thomson Reuters, Sandpiper Partners, Corporate Counsel Business Journal, Cushman & Wakefield’s Women in Law and Women Corporate Directors, among others.
In addition to Willkie, Margaret has held leadership positions in Fortune 50 and privately-held companies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cowen Inc. and previously served on the boards of Generation Citizen and Blythedale Childrens’ Hospital.
Margaret is a CPA and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from the University of Vermont.
- Member of the American Institute of CPAs
- Member of the NY State Society of CPAs
- Women Corporate Directors
- Board member, Audit Committee member and designated financial expert, Cowen Inc.
- MBA, Harvard Business School
- BA, University of Vermont