Attorney MARGARET A. MCLEAN is a legal thriller author and adjunct law professor at Boston College's Carroll School of Management, specializing in business law. Her legal thriller, Under Fire, features an arson and murder trial and was published in June of 2011 by Tor Forge Macmillan. Her second novel, Under Oath, was published in April 2012. She has co-written a dramatic courtroom play, based on Under Oath, which is in development with the Playwrights and Directors Unit at the Actor's Studio in New York City.
McLean was born in Rome, New York. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College, and received the Scholar of the College Award for her novel based on Feodor Dostoevsky. She earned her law degree from Boston College Law School, and practiced law as an Essex County Assistant District Attorney in Lawrence, Massachusetts. McLean prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases including drug distribution, arson, domestic violence, rape, burglary, and armed assault with intent to murder. She supervised the juvenile gang unit.
McLean practiced law as a civil litigation attorney for the Hanover Insurance Company, trying cases involving serious bodily injury, product liability, and insurance fraud in the state and federal court systems.
Serving as the President of Mystery Writers of America, New England Chapter, McLean shares her legal expertise with the writing community. She is a member of MWA's National Board of Directors. McLean co-chaired the 2010, 2011, and 2012 New England Crime Bake Writer's Conferences. She also volunteers in Boston's inner city schools teaching creative writing through Write Boston.
McLean is the host of the popular radio show, "It's A Crime" on KKZZ in the Los Angeles area where she leads animated discussions on law and crime. Her show can be viewed on-line at itsacrimeradio.com. She also co-hosts another radio show," The Business of Life" with Coach Ron Tunick in the Los Angeles area and on internet radio. They discuss current events, business, law, and politics. McLean provides legal commentary for television in the Boston area, including NECN's Morning Show. She lives in Norwell, Massachusetts with her three children, Sarah, Dave, and Kate. She enjoys tennis, skiing, and windsurfing.