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Madison Bader


Madison Bader concentrates her practice on complex civil litigation and criminal defense matters.  She represents clients in all phases of litigation, from drafting pleadings and managing pre-trial discovery, to arguing at pre-trial motions and trial.

Prior to joining Todd & Weld, Ms. Bader was an associate at a law firm where she concentrated on white-collar criminal defense as well as a variety of civil litigation matters.  Before moving to private practice, she was an Assistant District Attorney for the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office.

Active in the legal community, Ms. Bader serves as President of the Federal Bar Association’s national Criminal Law Section, is Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association's New Lawyers Forum, and is a member of the Boston Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section.  Ms. Bader is a current class member of the BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program.  She also volunteers through the Massachusetts Bar Association Pro Bono Dial-A-Lawyer Program.


  • Todd & Weld LLP, 2022-present
  • Lawson & Weitzen, LLP, 2020-2022
  • Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 2019-2020



  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., 2019)
  • Chapman University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2016)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island

Professional Activities

  • President, national Criminal Law Section, Federal Bar Association, 2022-present
  • Co-Chair, New Lawyers Forum, Boston Bar Association, 2023-present
  • Member of Criminal Law Section, Boston Bar Association, 2021-present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • Moderator, "Criminal Trials 101," Boston Bar Association, March 2024
  • "Defendants Must Be Able to Actually Defend," Boston Bar Journal, April 2023
  • "Addressing Hate Crimes: Massachusetts Can Do Better," Boston Bar Journal, February 2022
  • Moderator, "Handling Cases in Criminal Court," Boston Bar Association, April 2023

Honors and Awards

  • Named by Super Lawyers as a Massachusetts Rising Star in Criminal Defense, 2021-2023
  • Participant, Public Interest Leadership Program, Boston Bar Association, 2023

In the Community

  • Vice President, Board of Trustees at Camp JORI/Jewish Orphanage of Rhode Island, 2019-present