Madison defends multinational companies in complex product liability litigation, focusing especially on claims involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. As a member of numerous case and trial teams, she has worked on all stages of litigation, from initial discovery through trial. Madison has represented Fortune 100 pharmaceutical and medical device companies in complex litigation in a number of state and federal jurisdictions.
Madison's work includes managing large dockets and analyzing dispositive legal and factual issues. She has been a member of several teams defending clients in multidistrict litigation (MDLs), including a bellwether trial (Cardenas v. Boston Scientific Corp.) in the pelvic mesh litigation. Madison’s work includes taking depositions, drafting motions and briefs, and preparing expert and company witnesses. She has drafted motions for summary judgment that have disposed of central claims and of cases entirely, leading to favorable pretrial outcomes for her client.
Madison's significant litigation successes include overseeing the show cause process in the In re Taxotere Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2740. This show cause process has led to the dismissal of thousands of cases. Madison also researched an issue that resulted in the dismissal of numerous cases with prejudice and sanctions against the plaintiff, securing monetary payment for the client. Madison has appeared and argued before both the district court and magistrate judge, while managing MDL issues.
Pro bono work is also important to Madison. She leads the firm's Kansas Pro Bono Adoption program; she helps families with adoption proceedings and represents them at hearings and has successfully defended juveniles in family court. In 2017, she received the Kansas Bar Association Pro Bono Award, given annually to lawyers who provide direct legal services to the poor or to charitable organizations serving the poor.
Lindsey Heinz & Madison Hatten, FTC Discusses Growing Concerns Over Digital Advertising to Youth, Food & Beverage Litigation and Regulatory Update, October 21, 2022.
Madison Hatten, 5 Steps to a Forever Home, The Journal of the Kansas Bar Association (March 2020).
Matthew Keenan & Madison Hatten, A New Paradigm for Damage Calculations: Plaintiffs Not Offering Medical Bills, IADC Committee Newsletter (April 2015).
Madison Marcolla, Protecting the Living and the Dead: How Missouri Can Enact a Constitutional Funeral-Protest Statute, 77 Mo. L. Rev. 543 (2012).