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, painting, cooking up a storm, biking, teaching her dog new tricks, and writing meticulous to-do lists. She has done RAGBRAI in 2021 and 2022 and hopes to beat her own personal best in 2023.
“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 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!
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:
I don’t believe any conspiracy theories, but I think the idea that birds aren’t real (and are actually government spy drones) is hilarious. Either that or we’re all reptilians!
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- 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
- Treasurer (2022)
- Iowa State Bar Association
- Elected 5C Representative (2021, 2022)
- Iowa Association for Justice
- Elected New Lawyers Core Group Representative (2020, 2021, 2022)
- Polk County Bar Association
- Polk County Women Attorneys
- Co-Chair, Professional Development (2021, 2022)
- Employment Law
- Civil Rights
- Wage & Hour
- September 2014 | New Hampshire Public Schools | Prepared materials for presentation on transgender employees and students in public schools
- June 2019 | Presentation 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 | Presentation on the Fair Labor Standards Act with Katie Ervin Carlson
- February 2022 | Iowa Association for Justice | Presentation 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
- Super Lawyers Rising Star (2022)
Madison and her cases in the news:
- Jury awards nearly $1.4 million to DMACC IT worker for pay disparity, retaliation
- DHS worker accuses managers in Des Moines service area of widespread sexual harassment
- ‘She still has not recovered’: Jury awards Iowa DHS employee $790k in sexual harassment lawsuit
- Bad Boss of the Month – This Bad Boss Had the Facts He Needed to Stop Sexual Harassment, Yet Failed to Act
- Jury awards Iowa DHS employee $790K in sex harassment suit
- Former Collins employee sues over sexual harassment and assault
- Same-sex couple sues employer for alleged harassment and discrimination
- Former deputy director of state agency claims retaliation, civil rights violations