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J.D., with high honors, The George Washington University Law School; Order of the Coif

B.A., magna cum laude, American University

Law Journals

Articles Editor, The George Washington Law Review


Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert C. Chambers, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia (2014-2015)

Bar and Court Admissions

District of Columbia Bar

New York Bar

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) White Belt

Madeline represents clients in a variety of complex litigation and appellate matters in federal and state courts, as well as in government and internal investigations. A certified Legal Lean Sigma Institute (LLSI) White Belt, Madeline uses the LLSI process and project management tools to continually improve the value proposition the firm delivers to its clients.

Representative Experience

  • Representing a law firm in parallel U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) municipal bond investigations.
  • Representing an individual in connection with an SEC investigation regarding misrepresentation of sales data.
  • Representing an individual in parallel DOJ and SEC insider trading investigations.
  • Part of a team conducting an internal investigation for a medical device company related to potential off-label promotion of its products.
  • Representing a detained lawful permanent resident on appeal of an order of removal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Represented a luxury goods manufacturer in successfully securing damages and a permanent injunction against an individual for selling counterfeit products that infringed the manufacturer’s trademarks and copyrights.
  • Represented multiple individuals in a public corruption investigation.
  • Represented a government contractor in a successful settlement with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) regarding potential debarment.
  • Successfully defended a multinational technology company on appeal in a Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistleblower action. 
  • Part of a team that represented a major shipbuilder in the successful defense of a $400 million False Claims Act case.
  • Represented an individual from China seeking political asylum in the United States before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Represented a pro bono client in an appellate proceeding to secure Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Professional Experience

  • Research Assistant, Professor Miriam Galston, The George Washington University Law School (2012)
  • Legal Intern, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (2012)
  • Editorial Assistant, Professor Don Fulsom, American University (2011)
  • Intern, New York State Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee (2010)


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA)
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • American Constitution Society (ACS) 

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