In January of 2017, Margaret (“Maggie”) Daun became Corporation Counsel for Milwaukee County through appointment by County Executive Chris Abele and confirmation by the County Board of Supervisors. As Milwaukee County’s chief legal officer, she is responsible for the provision of civil legal services to all departments and elected officials in Milwaukee County, as well as various community-facing legal services including guardianship and psychological commitment proceedings. Her extensive financial sector and benefit plan experience is being put to use, as the County seeks to implement massive pension administration improvements and governance changes.
In March 2018, Ms. Daun filed suit against opioid manufacturers and distributors on behalf of Milwaukee County, and in doing so, helped to lead a wave of local governments nationwide pursuing similar lawsuits. In the 187-page complaint brought against 13 entities, the County seeks injunctive relief, as well as millions in compensatory damages.
To best serve the OCC’s motto, “Client-Driven. Citizen-Focused.,” adopted under Maggie’s leadership, Maggie’s management focuses on three key strategic initiatives as Corporation Counsel: working toward full implementation of legal office management systems, improved reporting and responsiveness to the OCC’s clients and working to educate and improve the diversity and inclusion of the Milwaukee bar through cooperative partnerships with Milwaukee’s premiere law firms and other local public and private general counsels.