Newport Beach
Newport Beach
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
San Diego
Walnut Creek
North San Diego
(949)221-1000 (949)221-1001 20320 S.W. Birch Street Second Floor, Newport Beach CA 92660
(818)712-9800 (818)712-9900 21215 Burbank Blvd. Suite 500, Woodland Hills CA 91367
(702)258-6665 (702)258-6662 1160 N Town Center Dr Suite 250, Las Vegas NV 89144
(619)236-0048 (619)236-0047 501 West Broadway Suite 1700, San Diego CA 92101
(510)540-4881 (510)540-4889 2033 N. Main St. Suite 600, Walnut Creek, Ca 94596
(602)274-1204 (602)274-1205 8950 South 52nd St Suite 201, Tempe AZ 85284
(775)440-2389 (775) 440-2390 50 West Liberty Suite 1090, Reno NV 89501
(720) 779-2500 (303)256-6205 1999 Broadway, Suite 3250, Denver, Colorado 80202
(760)557-2940 (619)389-2993 760 Garden View Ct. Unit #220 Encinitas, CA 92024
(949) 221-1000 (949) 221-1001 1910 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2000 Dallas, Texas 75201

Meet Madeline! Prior to her career in law, Madeline attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Philosophy. Madeline designed software and managed client and public communications regarding product development. Her work in software brought her to Las Vegas, where she attended law school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and received her Juris Doctor degree in 2015. Madeline is now a Partner in the Las Vegas office of BWB&O and has been practicing law for 8 years.

Q: After years of designing software. What inspired you to become an attorney? 

A: The best part of my job in software was getting to create solutions every day. Practicing law was always something I dreamed about, but I had deferred that dream through college, and then later assumed that my math degree would not be a good fit for law school. When I took a step back, I realized that being an attorney would not only allow me to solve problems, but that those solutions would be meaningful for my clients, and I started the path toward my career in law.

Q: What benefits have you received from your leadership experience?

A: The opportunity to mentor is the biggest gift in my practice, and it’s a gift that continues giving; Every person is an individual, with different styles of learning, communication, and organization, so there is always a new skill to hone, or tactic to improve. Leadership is a constant exercise in empathy, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue growing!

Q: Have you experienced obstacles in your career that have made it difficult for you to meet your goals?  How did you overcome those challenges? 

A: Short answer: yes, of course! One of the largest career obstacles that I have tackled was being a part-time law student while working full time in software, and the only way past it was to go through it, one day/project/reading assignment at a time. Many tasks/obstacles seem insurmountable at the outset, but persistence pays… and sometimes doing the easy bits first helps get the ball rolling. (Who doesn’t like a to-do list with at least a couple of things checked-off?)

Q: How do you manage your time effectively in order to have a healthy work/life balance? What are some fun ways that you disconnect and recharge? 

A: If you asked me this question ten times, I would probably give ten different answers, because it changes day to day, but the unifying factor is to honor my instincts – whether that is taking a break and coming back to a project with fresh eyes,  setting aside a couple of hours of “do not disturb” time on my calendar to dedicate full focus to something complex, or getting up and moving (even just for a 15-minute walk). Recharging can mean a million things depending on my mood, and luckily, there is always something fun to do in Vegas: a spa day, a concert, trying out a new restaurant, a Broadway show at the Smith Center, a Golden Knights game… the possibilities are endless!

A special thank you to Madeline for sharing her experience on her road to success.