Madison Fiedler-Carlson

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 helped teach a class on Harry Potter and religion and studied in England.  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 lives in Beaverdale with her husband, Jacob, and their three cats and a dog who all have human names.  They own a lovely little historical brick house that is both the love of their life and the bane of their existence.  Outside of work, Madison loves reading fantasy novels, horseback riding, painting, cooking up a storm, biking (she did RAGBRAI in 2021 and 2022), and writing meticulous to-do lists.

“Let justice be done though the heavens fall”

Get to Know Madison

  • Best part of your job?

    Having a positive impact on the lives of Iowans and making sure the “little guy” gets the same (or better) 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, and the War of the Roses.  All the historical drama!

  • Karaoke song:

    The 10-minute version of “All Too Well”

  • Strangest thing you collect:

    Christmas vinyl records

  • If you couldn’t be an attorney, you’d:

    Open a bakery

  • Things You'll Always Find in My Office:

    Empty coffee mugs, candles, and a rainbow assortment of pens

The Facts

  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, Concord, New Hampshire, J.D. (2016)
  • Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, B.A. (Religious Studies, Psychology)
Bar Admissions
  • State of Iowa (2018)
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa (2018)
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa (2018)
Professional Associations
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Iowa Employment Lawyers Association
    • Treasurer (2022, 2023, 2024)
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Elected 5C Representative (2021, 2022)
  • Iowa Association for Justice
    • Elected New Lawyers Core Group Representative (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Polk County Women Attorneys
    • Co-Chair, Professional Development (2021, 2022)
    • President Elect (2023)
    • President (2024)
Areas of Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Civil Rights
  • Wage & Hour
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Severance Negotiations
  • Name Changes
Public Verdicts and Settlements


  • Godfrey v. State of Iowa et al, $1,500,000 (2019)
  • Rumsey v. Woodgrain Millwork et al, $508,000 (2019)
  • Selden v. DMACC, $1,378,921.60 (2021)
  • White v. State of Iowa, $790,000 (2021)
  • Rumsey v. Woodgrain Millwork (II), $35,000 (2022)


Public Settlements:

  • Gaeta, Timmsen v. City of Muscatine, $25,000 (2022)
  • Minnihan v. City of Poesta, $175,000 (2022)
Presentations and Publications
  • September 2014 | New Hampshire Public Schools | Prepared materials for presentation on transgender employees and students in public schools
  • June 2019 | Presentated to church administrators on religious entities and the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Iowa Wage Payment Collection Law
  • October 2019 | Simpson College | Guest Lecturer for Harry Potter and the Liberal Arts | Presented on Harry Potter and the Law
  • November 2021 | Iowa State Bar Association | Labor and Employment Seminar | Presentated on the Fair Labor Standards Act with Katie Ervin Carlson
  • February 2022 | Iowa Association for Justice | Presentated on the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Iowa Wage Payment Collection Law
  • April 2022 | Polk County Women Attorneys | Presented for Equal Pay Day on equal pay claims based on sex and gender
  • October 2022 | Simpson College | Guest Lecturer for Harry Potter and the Liberal Arts | Presented on Harry Potter and the Law
  • April 2023 | Polk County Women Attorneys | Presented for Equal Pay Day on equal pay claims based on sex and gender
  • February 2024 | Iowa Association for Justice | Presentated on Ethical Considerations of Social Media and Reviews
  • April 2024 | National Employment Lawyers Association | Presentation on Successfully Navigating EEOC and State FEPA Investigations for State Employees
Success Stories

Check out what Madison’s clients have said:

Professional Recognition
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2022, 2023)
  • Best Lawyers – One to Watch (2023)
  • The National Trial Lawyers – 40 Under 40 (2023)


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