Darren Margo

Managing Director


QUALIFICATION OBTAINED Admitted Attorney (Membership No.: 22119)
QUALIFICATION OBTAINED Registered Patent Attorney
PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION Registered Tax Practitioner (Registration No.: PR-6073B88)


INSTITUTION University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
QUALIFICATIONS OBTAINED i. BSc (Chemistry; Applied Chemistry);
ii. LLB; and
iii. BSc (Mathematics)


Darren commenced his professional career qualifying as a patent attorney, specialising in the drafting & prosecution of patent applications, and conducting patent searches. He also prepared opinions on novelty and infringement matters in the fields of patent, design and copyright law. He soon found that his interest lay in the commercial aspects of intellectual property ("IP"), and he became involved in the drafting of commercial agreements having IP as basis (typically: licence agreements, supply and distribution agreements with IP as basis, assignment of copyright agreements, confidentiality agreements). Darren continued to immerse himself and practice in these areas when he joined Adams & Adams patent attorneys.

Darren was then invited to join Deloitte and Touche, where he was involved in the investigation and assessment of taxpayers' technologies and activities, with an eye to maximising R&D income tax deductions, and opinion work related to the same. Since then, he also enjoyed acting as advisor both to the National Treasury – on issues of legislative drafting in the Income Tax Act – and to the SA Revenue Services and the Department of Science & Technology – on issues of interpretation of income tax legislation, and its practice. Darren also has a particular interest in the exchange control issues that arise in transactions having IP as basis.

This led Darren to found the specialist IP firm and tax consultancy, Margo® Attorneys, Inc. in 2009, where he and his team continue to practice in these specialised disciplines. He also attends to the registration and maintenance of high-profile trade mark, patent and design cases in South Africa and internationally. Collectively, Darren has conducted technical and legal work for a number of clients across a spectrum of industries, including the pharmaceutical, petrochemical, electronics, explosives, cosmetics, weapons and telecommunications industries, amongst others. Clients served include, amongst others:

  • the CAVI Group of Companies

  • Golden Lions Rugby Union

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers

  • the Ascendis Health Group

  • Tenova Pyromet

  • Deloitte & Touche

  • the &Beyond Group of Companies

  • Centurion Systems

  • EY Advisory Services

Dahlia Goss

Candidate Attorney: BA LLB (Wits)

Dahlia is currently studying towards her Trade Mark Practitioners’ qualification.

Dahlia focuses her attention predominantly on conducting trade mark searches, and managing large portfolios of both local and foreign trade mark portfolios. She also focuses on associated domains management, and copyright enforcement.

She also manages litigious brand-management and commercial cases having IP as basis.

Dahlia’s first love is animals, and she is a very active volunteer in supporting rescue dogs.

Li Clements

Formalities & Compliance

Li keeps our engine-room running. She is responsible for attending to aspects of formalities and compliance for all filings, and ensures that all applications are in good order before submission. She also oversees the management of all prosecutions, office actions and dockets to ensure swift, efficient processing of matters. In addition, Li ensures that the office is managed efficiently.

Jabulile Mello

Legal Assistant

Our ever present legal assistant and secretary. Jabulile is involved in all aspects of the practice administration.

Lesego Mathaba


At Margo Attorneys, Inc., we demand of ourselves that all of our records are in pristine order, at all times. Lesego takes responsibility for this very important task, and she manages our records databases & files. She also oversees our diary systems and hard copy documents management.