With more than 35 years of experience, Madalene Witterholt assists clients in the full spectrum of employment law issues. Starting with employee hiring and I-9 compliance, employer policy development and day-to-day advice she provides employee training as well as the defense of administrative charges. Madalene’s regional practice has given her experience in the full gamut of employment litigation.
Madalene has a hands-on approach to total representation of her clients. Madalene immerses herself in her client’s culture whether it is on the factory floor, in the oil field or in the halls of Fortune 500 companies. Her cost effective approach to client representation has the goal of keeping clients in the forefront of compliance with not only the current law, but with an eye towards future trends in employment law.
A Connecticut Yankee in the Oklahoma and Texas courts, Madalene believes the best way to win a lawsuit is to prevent it from ever happening! With risk management as her ultimate goal, she is as comfortable with a foreman as she is with a corporate executive. She is well received by employees at all levels whether she is providing traditional EEOC training, assisting in internal investigations or working with employees to implement policy changes.
Known for her down-to-earth style, Madalene understands that employment clients have needs 24/7 and is available to clients at any time, whether it is for the most routine situations or a major crisis. Madalene is experienced in dealing with scheduled and unscheduled OSHA, EEOC and DOL investigations. Unique among employment lawyers, Madalene also handles workers’ compensation defense for high deductible clients. This enables her to have an established reputation in this specialized practice area. She is able to give practical and seasoned advice regarding the injured worker and the interplay of state and federal laws.
Should an employer be sued, Madalene stands ready to defend all types of employment law claims. Being both aggressive and respectful, she prepares her clients for not only depositions but also trial testimony. She has had experience and success at both summary judgment motions as well as jury trials.
Madalene is a well-known luncheon and seminar speaker who educates on current law topics, policy and procedure development as well as the employment law horizon. Prior to joining Crowe & Dunlevy, Madalene served as a law clerk to the Honorable James O. Ellison, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma. She has served as Chairman of the Labor and Employment law section of the Oklahoma Bar Association.