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Caitlin Madden

Madison Employment Attorney
Madison Wage & Hour Attorney

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Caitlin Madden has worked as an associate attorney in Hawks Quindel’s Madison, Wisconsin office since 2014, ensuring workers are paid the wages they’ve earned, and protecting employees subjected to discrimination. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Attorney Madden is proud to fight for worker’s rights in a state that has been on the forefront of progress.

Wage and Hour Litigator

Attorney Madden practices wage and hour law, where she ensures employees receive the pay they’ve earned. Attorney Madden represents both individual workers and groups of employees who are being treated unfairly under a common policy in class actions.

In 2016, Attorney Madden successfully argued Lewis v. Epic Systems before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, leading to the court’s ruling that employers cannot bar employees from joining together to bring legal claims. Read more about the impact of this decision here. Attorney Madden believes workers find strength in numbers, and has represented numerous classes of Wisconsin employees seeking payment of the wages they’ve earned.

Employment Attorney

In addition to fighting wage theft, Attorney Madden represents employees who have been treated unfairly based on their age, disability, gender, race, religion, or other protected status. She was part of Hawks Quindel’s legal team in its Equal Pay Act trial victory in O’Brien v. Unity Health. Read more about that case here. In addition to discrimination issues, Attorney Madden is experienced with a broad variety of employment issues, including severance negotiations, unpaid commissions, and non-compete agreements.

Attorney Madden is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar and the Legal Association of Women. When not working, Attorney Madden enjoys kayaking and camping in Wisconsin’s beautiful parks.

  • Attorney Madden has served as class counsel in numerous wage and hour class actions, including:
  • Nordgren v. Epic Systems: Overtime class action
  • Bitner v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership: Off the clock class action
  • Black v. Renaissance Learning Inc.: Unpaid commissions class action
  • Hoffmaster v. Coating Place Inc.: Unpaid donning and doffing class action
  • Holmes v. Roadview Inc.: Overtime class action

Attorney Madden has also represented numerous individuals in claims for wage theft, unpaid overtime, discrimination, and unpaid commissions. She has represented employees retaliated against for opposing unlawful conduct, and individuals discriminated against on the basis of their race, gender, and disability status.

While in law school, Attorney Madden participated in the Remington Center’s Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons Programs, assisting inmates with a variety of criminal and civil legal issues.

Attorney Madden was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2016. She haw given presentations on wage and hour law for the Dane County Bar Association and the Legal Association for Women.

In law school, Attorney Madden won the Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition, and was runner-up at the Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition. She also received the Dean’s Academic Achievement Award, finalist in the Best Brief Competition, the Wisconsin Idea Merit Scholarship, the Katherine Held Memorial Award, and the Mathys Memorial Award for Appellate Advocacy.

Super Lawyers Rising Stars

Attorney Madden graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was elected to the University of Wisconsin chapter of the Order of the Coif upon her graduation. She graduated with honors from Marquette University in 2008.