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By design, Madden Law is a small firm composed of Principal Jerry Madden and two affiliates, Virginia Hoptman and Charlie Rowan. They share a long history of success in civil litigation and connections to each other both personally and professionally. Together, they leverage these relationships to provide top-tier representation, using an approach that assures clients receive the personal attention only a small specialty firm can provide, with decades of "big law" and high-profile government litigation experience.

Jerry Madden has litigated civil cases at the trial and appellate levels in Washington, D.C. and nationally.  After clerking for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio C. William O’Neill, he spent approx.  six years as a litigation associate with the AmLaw 100 firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, where he met Charlie Rowan. He then spent more than 25 years as a first-chair trial and appellate counsel at the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

Virginia Hoptman has practiced trial appellate law in the Washington, D.C. area for many years, including as a partner at an Am Law 100 firm. She has significant expertise in complex business cases and as a mediator. She handled numerous appeals in the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals, including the District of Columbia, Third, Fourth and federal Circuits, as well as the Virginia Supreme Court.

Virginia began her career as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Judge Collins J. Seitz of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Charlie Rowan began his career as a litigation associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and has practiced law in the Washington, D.C. area for more than thirty years. For most of that time, he was an Assistant General Counsel at a global information technology company, where he was responsible for the litigation and resolution of numerous multi-million dollar cases in the United States, Europe and Australia.

After graduating from law school, Charlie served as sole law clerk to U. S. District Judge Howard F. Corcoran (District of Columbia).

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