Madelaine C. Lane

Associate | mlane@wnj.com | V-Card | Profile PDF Grand RapidsT 616.752.2468F 616.222.2468 Madelaine Lane’s practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, from pre-charge negotiations to appeals. In her years of court experience, she has cultivated professional relationships with prosecutors throughout Michigan. She also works on compliance issues with corporations and executives in order to keep them out of trouble and out of court. Madelaine also blogs. She’s a regular contributor to One Court of Justice, which puts a spotlight on... Read More

Madelaine Lane’s practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, from pre-charge negotiations to appeals. In her years of court experience, she has cultivated professional relationships with prosecutors throughout Michigan. She also works on compliance issues with corporations and executives in order to keep them out of trouble and out of court.

Madelaine also blogs. She’s a regular contributor to One Court of Justice, which puts a spotlight on Michigan’s appellate courts, and Right Side of the Law, a blog that discusses corporate compliance, internal investigations and white-collar defense.

  • Experience
  • Biography
  • News
  • Publications
  • Leadership

Experience

Trial Counsel

  • Served as lead counsel in document-fraud conspiracy case. The case culminated in a week-long jury trial in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
  • Acted as second-chair counsel in a three-day jury trial regarding defense of personal injury action. The jury returned a favorable verdict.

Appellate

  • Enjoyed victories in the Michigan Court of Appeals in both applications of interlocutory appeal and in merits briefing, including:
    • Authored the application for interlocutory appeal and merits brief, urging the Court to reverse the trial court's grant of summary disposition. The Michigan Court of Appeals granted leave to appeal and reversed the trial court. Spartan Graphics, Inc. v. Entermarket Corp., Case No. 292235.
    • Authored the appellee's brief on appeal of right where plaintiff was seeking reversal of trial court's decision to compel him to pay the marital-home expenses pursuant to a judgment of annulment and awarding his ex-wife attorney fees.
      The Court of Appeals denied plaintiff's appeal and recognized that plaintiff's argument was frivolous and "without legal merit." Hadley v. Huang, Case No. 293472.
    • Argued in the Michigan Court of Appeals on two occasions.
    • Argued in the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Filed two petitions for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court regarding a criminal sentencing issue.

Criminal

  • Represents clients in defending a variety of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges.
  • Involved in all stages of criminal representation including, but not limited to, pre-charge negotiations, grand jury investigations, discovery, trial, sentencing, and supervised release/probation violations.
  • Appointed to three-year term on the United States Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan's Criminal Justice Act Panel. In that capacity, has represented numerous indigent criminal defendants on a variety of federal felony charges.
  • Regularly works with the United States Attorney's Office and state prosecutors.
  • Conducts internal investigations.

Industries

Practices

Education

  • Wayne State University J.D. 2007 magna cum laude
  • Holy Cross B.A. 2004 cum laude

Admitted

  • 2007, Michigan

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan in 2007
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan in 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2011-2014
  • Appointed to Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Western District of Michigan by the Federal Court's Criminal Law Committee
  • Assistant Editor and Senior Articles Editor, Wayne Law Review
  • Order of the Coif
  • Awarded Bronze and Silver Key Certificates
  • Pi Sigma Alpha

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
    Western Michigan Chapter
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Professional Affiliations

  • Holy Cross Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Community Affiliations

  • Holland Historical Trust Board of Trustees
    Member (2013-Present)
  • Progressive Women's Alliance
    Member, Fundraising Committee (2008-10)
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
    "The Connection" Steering Committee Member (2008-Present)
  • City of Grand Rapids
    Member, Art Advisory Committee (2009-13)

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