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Madelaine C. Lane

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When a search warrant or grand jury subpoena hits, organizations know they can count on Madelaine Lane to see them through the process with sound legal counsel.
An experienced trial attorney focused on white collar criminal defense, Madelaine advises on complex civil investigations involving high-volume documents and high-risk publicity. She’ll walk alongside you through an investigation, leveraging technology and tools to save money with discovery. Skilled in both the courtroom and at the negotiating table, she’ll help you weigh the options of trial or settlement. After the dust settles, Madelaine will train your team, from the front desk to the general counsel, so everyone feels prepared if there’s a “next time.”
As co-chair of Warner’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Investigations Practice Group and the firm's Data Analytics and eDiscovery Practice Group, Madelaine advises clients on a wide range of issues, from responding to discovery requests and conducting internal investigations to creating effective litigation strategy and leading a persuasive defense at trial. She has extensive experience dealing with compliance, civil and criminal matters in higher education, automotive, health care, finance, agricultural and other industries. 
Criminal Discovery
As co-partner -in-charge directing Warner’s eDiscovery Center, Madelaine has led some of the state’s largest criminal and civil discovery matters in recent years. She works closely with clients to respond to Grand Jury subpoenas, investigative subpoenas and discovery requests. Together with the eDiscovery Center team, Madelaine works to leverage technology to locate responsive documents in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible—saving you time and money. When needed, Madelaine uses her courtroom expertise to prepare witnesses to testify in trial or in front of the Grand Jury. 
Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response
Madelaine is recognized as one of the go-to attorneys in Michigan when clients need to create programs focused on sexual abuse prevention and detection training. She helps clients establish, maintain and improve their programs and respond if report of abuse should arise. Madelaine regularly coordinates with law enforcement agencies and, if necessary, defends clients in civil and criminal cases arising from allegations of wrongdoing.  
General Criminal Defense
A trusted advisor and collaborative counsel, Madelaine has broad experience representing clients throughout the criminal process—from search warrant to trial and, if needed, appeal. Comfortable in the courtroom, she is a fierce advocate for clients, regularly trying and winning cases in state and federal court. Madelaine is also strategic and client-focused, working with clients to arrive at emotionally intelligent decisions.
Internal Investigations
Madelaine regularly assists clients with internal investigations. She has conducted investigations on behalf of secondary and university systems in Title IX investigations, ensuring that all allegations are thoroughly investigated. Madelaine regularly works with corporate clients who suspect employee embezzlement and other wrongdoing. She also investigates allegations of the False Claims Act in a variety of settings including the health care, finance and defense industries.
Recognizing the best defense is often a good offense, Madelaine helps organizations in creating a search warrant response plan. She then works to train employees so muscle memory kicks and all employees know what to do when that knock comes at the door.
In addition to a robust litigation practice, Madelaine serves as Warner’s associate general counsel. In this role, she regularly handles questions regarding privilege and ethics.


  • Wayne State University Law School J.D. 2007 magna cum laude
  • College of the Holy Cross B.A. 2004 cum laude


  • 2007, Michigan


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

Bar Associations

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


Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response
Madelaine has represented multiple corporate clients, including several religious institutions, on the issues of sexual abuse prevention and response plans. She assists clients in creating and maintaining training programs aimed at preventing and detecting potential sexual abuse. If abuse is reported, Madelaine directs the response to such reports, including notifying law enforcement and conducting internal investigations to help determine the validity of allegations. Madelaine represents corporate clients facing investigations of historic sexual abuse allegations and, where necessary, assisted in responding to search warrants and subpoenas. Madelaine also represents clients in both criminal and civil litigation arising out of allegations of historic or present-day sexual abuse claims.
Internal Investigations
Madelaine has conducted numerous internal investigations on a topics ranging from embezzlement to allegations of fraud to harassment and sexual misconduct, working successfully in dozens of industries. When clients receive allegations of wrong-doing, Madelaine and her team will review documents and interview witnesses to get the facts needed to verify or refute the allegations. Madelaine also assists clients in regulatory and compliance issues arising from potential wrongdoing, counseling on when and how to report findings properly to law enforcement.
Criminal Discovery
Over the years, Madelaine has led many of Michigan’s largest criminal discovery cases. She works with her clients to leverage technology to effectively and efficiently respond to subpoenas. She also assists clients to create search warrant and subpoena response policies, training employees on best practices before the need arises so their reactions do not jeopardize their organizations.
When clients are called into the Grand Jury or trial as witnesses, Madelaine relies on her vast trial experience to prepare them. She’s able to help witnesses feel as comfortable as possible when the time comes to testify so they can accurately and convincingly share their stories.
General Criminal Defense
Madelaine regularly represents criminal defendants in federal court on a variety of charges, including Medicare fraud, immigration, firearms and narcotics. In this role, Madelaine handles pre-trial negotiations, discovery, trial and, if necessary, appeal.  
She also regularly prepares witnesses, including victims, for testimony at preliminary examinations, grand jury and trial.
Trial Counsel
Madelaine has represented federal criminal defendants as lead counsel or co-lead counsel at trial on a wide range of charges, including conspiracy to distribute narcotics, felon in possession of a firearm, illegal re-entry, identify theft conspiracy and others. She combines her knowledge of the law and oral advocacy skills to vigorously represent her clients.
In state court, Madelaine has represented clients in trial on various assault charges.  Most recently, co-chaired a felony jury trial in Berrien County Circuit Court where the defendant was charged with various sexual assault offenses. The jury acquitted the defendant of the most serious charge.
Ryan Racing, LLC v. Paul Gentilozzi, et al., U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan. Madelaine served as trial counsel for Ryan Hunter-Reay, a professional race car driver for Andretti Autosport and the 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion.
In 2005, when Mr. Hunter-Reay was an up-and-coming driver, he raced for a Michigan-based team, Rocketsports Racing, which is owned by Paul Gentilozzi. Mr. Gentilozzi terminated Mr. Hunter-Reay in violation of his contract and then set out to ruin Mr. Hunter-Reay’s reputation in the industry.
Mr. Hunter-Reay arbitrated the wrongful termination with Mr. Gentilozzi and was awarded $2.7 million. After converting the award into a judgment, Mr. Hunter-Reay sought to collect, but Mr. Gentilozzi stymied his efforts by creating a sham company. Mr. Gentilozzi named the new company “RSR” and shifted assets to RSR, but claimed the $2.7 million owed to Mr. Hunter-Reay was a debt of the old company. Mr. Gentilozzi had run Rocketsports Racing over the years without regard to corporate formalities, benefiting himself and others at the expense of the company’s creditors. Mr. Hunter-Reay filed suit in federal court in Michigan to collect his $2.7 million judgment under theories of successor liability, fraudulent transfer and piercing the corporate veil. 
After a five-day bench trial, Judge Robert Holmes Bell ruled in favor of Mr. Hunter-Reay. In particular, Judge Bell pierced the corporate veil and held that Rocketsports was a mere instrumentality of Mr. Gentilozzi. Additionally, the Court ruled RSR was a successor of Rocketsports and, therefore, liable for payment of the arbitration award.
Judge Bell entered the entire $2.7 million judgment against RSR and Mr. Gentilozzi personally. Click here for the full text of Judge Bell’s Opinion and here for the article “Why an Indy 500 winner sued Lansing real estate tycoon Paul Gentilozzi.”
Co-chaired a three-day jury trial regarding defense of personal injury action. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Madelaine’s client.
In addition to the above, Madelaine has conducted multiple state court bench trials and federal court evidentiary hearings regarding both criminal and civil matters.

Honors & Awards

  • Top Lawyer in White-Collar Criminal Defense, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2021
  • One of the 40 Under 40 Business Leaders, Grand Rapids Business Journal, 2021
  • A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll, State Bar of Michigan, Tier 3, 2021
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Up & Coming Lawyers Class of 2016
  • Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2011-Present
  • Three times 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



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Professional Affiliations

  • ICLE Criminal Advisory Board, Board Member (2021-24)
  • Holy Cross Alumni Association, Board of Directors (2017-Present)
  • Holy Cross Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Federal Bar Association of the Western Michigan District
    Young Lawyers Committee

Community Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation
    Member, Board of Directors (2015-Present)
  • Holland Historical Trust Board of Trustees
    Member (2013-Present)
  • Cathedral of St. Andrew
    Finance Council (2016-Present)
  • Progressive Women's Alliance
    Member, Fundraising Committee (2008-10)
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
    "The Connection" Steering Committee Member (2008-15)
  • City of Grand Rapids
    Member, Art Advisory Committee (2009-13)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” ICLE Family Law Institute, November 18, 2021, Novi, Michigan
  • “Grand Rapids Bar Association Basic Skills Two: Legal Considerations for you Communication,” October 15, 2021, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “Grand Rapids Bar Association Basic Skills Two: Direct and Cross Examination Tips,” October 15, 2021, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “Employment Law and eDiscovery in the Age of COVID,” U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan Bench Bar Conference, October 1, 2021, Mackinac Island, Michigan
  • "Criminal Law Considerations: Cannabis Isn’t Completely Legal," Cannabis Law Seminar - Industry Insights and Trends From the Legal Perspective, September 30, 2021, Lansing, Michigan
  • "Data Solutions Planning for 2021," Warner Webinar, December 1, 2020
  • "Strategies for Reducing Litigation Spend During COVID-19," Warner Webinar, May 7, 2020
  • "How to Conduct an Internal Investigation and New Trends in Criminal Enforcement," OESA 2020 Automotive Suppliers Legal Hot Topics, February 12, 2020, Troy, Michigan
  • “Federal Bar Association Basic Trial Skills Workshop: Refreshing Recollection and Objections,” January 12, 2020, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “Simple Tips to Navigate Electronic Discovery,” January 10, 2020; December 6, 2018, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “When the Stakes Are High: Legal Considerations for your Communication,” September 18, 2019, Walker, Michigan
  • “Smartphones, Social Media, & Email: Tips to Navigate an Ever-Changing World of Electronic Discovery,” May 15, 2019, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “Western District of Michigan Breakout: Smartphones, Social Media, & Email: Tips to Navigate an Every-Changing World of Electronic Discovery”, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Bench Bar Conference, May 16, 2018, Nashville, Tennessee
  • "Is Marihuana Legal?," Medical Marihuana – Legal Answers to Your Tough Questions webinar, December 4, 2017
  • "Collecting and Preserving Data from Mobile Devices," Data Solutions Spring Symposium, March 14, 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “Internal Investigations,” GRBA Paralegal Section, October 11, 2016
  • "Planning for Security Breaches," Data Solutions Fall Symposium, October 23, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Racial Discrimination by University Police and Security Officers," National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) March conference, March 11-13, 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana

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