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Madison Shepley represents clients in class action, product liability, and commercial general liability matters. She is well-versed in federal law and procedure and has assisted clients on product liability, complex consumer class action, and insurance coverage disputes filed in federal courts in Illinois, California, Florida, and Texas.

She has successfully defended product and automobile manufacturers, transportation companies, energy suppliers, and insurance companies; obtaining favorable results via dispositive motion practice and alternative dispute resolution for these clients.

Madison assists clients in all phases of litigation and alternative resolution at the state and federal levels, from pre-suit and filing, through all matters of discovery, depositions, motion practice, arguing motions, case management, and into alternative dispute resolution and mediation. Her background in civil defense litigation also includes premises and general negligence, wrongful death, transportation, Federal Employer’s Liability Act, and Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act matters.


J.D., Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin


Named among Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants by Best Lawyers (2024)

Named among Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America® for Product Liability – Litigation – Defendants by Best Lawyers (2024)


Chicago Bar Association

National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC)

State Bar Licenses


Court Admissions

U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Illinois
U.S. District Ct., C.D. of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit


  • Madison Shepley, The Character of the Business: Looking Through “Broken Windows” for Liability in Mass Shootings & Other Third-Party Criminal Acts, 42 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 1531 (2019).
  • Madison Shepley, Cruising into the Future or a Crash Waiting to Happen? Biometrics and the Connected Car, DRI Strictly Speaking, May 12, 2020, at 9.
  • Contributing Author, “Railroad—FELA, Safety Appliance Act, Locomotive Inspection Act, Etc.,” IICLE’s Tort Action 2022 Edition Handbook (2022).