Madison was raised in Johnston, Iowa, where she was trained at an early age to answer the phone at her mama’s law firm. She received her undergraduate B.A. degree at Simpson College where she studied in England and helped teach a class on Harry Potter. In 2013, Madison started law school at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She was selected to be in the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, which gave her special preparation to be ready to represent actual people on her first day as a lawyer.
In college and law school, Madison developed her passion for bringing people together by doing Interfaith work for Simpson College’s Religious Life Community, volunteering her time as a chat partner for students seeking to improve their English skills, and mentoring new law students. She was a member of the Women’s Law Student Association and the American Constitution Society, worked for plaintiff-side employment and personal injury law firms, and received a fellowship to help low-income clients at New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Madison earned her J.D. in May 2016, when she was also sworn into the New Hampshire bar. She practiced in the State of Colorado for two years before moving back to Iowa in September 2018, when she was admitted to the Iowa bar.
Madison is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, an elected representative of the Iowa Association for Justice’s New Lawyer’s Division, an elected representative in the ISA’s Young Lawyers Division, a board member of the Polk County Women’s Bar Association, and a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (as well as Iowa’s local branch). She lives in Beaverdale with her husband, Jacob, and their pets – three cats (James, Leif, and Marigold) and a dog (Henry). Outside of work, Madison loves reading fantasy novels, painting, yoga, biking, and writing meticulous to-do lists.
Get to Know Madison
Best part of your job?
Having a positive impact on the lives of everyday Iowans and making sure the “little guy” gets the same quality representation as big corporations. I’m passionate about equal access to justice and making sure our justice system works for everyone—not just the rich and powerful.
What obscure topic could you talk about for hours?
Tudor England! Think Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, the War of the Roses… All the historical drama!
Scariest thing you’ve done for fun:
Traveled to Athens, Greece, alone on a whim.
Strangest thing you collect:
Christmas vinyl records
If you couldn’t be an attorney, you’d:
Open a bakery
Favorite conspiracy theory:
Literally anything on “Ancient Aliens” and/or that there’s a nuclear bunker under the Denver International Airport.
- University of New Hampshire School of Law, Concord, New Hampshire, J.D. (2016)
- Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, B.A. (Religious Studies, Psychology)
- State of Iowa (2018)
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa (2018)
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa (2018)
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- Iowa Employment Lawyers Association
- Iowa State Bar Association
- Iowa Association for Justice
- Polk County Bar Association
- Polk County Women Attorneys
- Employment Law
- Civil Rights
- Wage & Hour
- Drug Testing