Madeline Collison is of Counsel with the law firm of Sweeney & Bechtold, LLC.
Madeline has over twenty-five years of experience representing Colorado employees who have been subjected to unfair treatment in the workplace. She has dedicated her legal career to advocating for workers who have been mistreated by their employers.
Madeline is a tireless advocate who is willing to take a case all the way to trial if need be. However, she is also adept at representing her clients to reach an amicable resolution without litigation.
She offers full-service representation to her clients which includes:
Madeline has been a leader in the development of employment law in Colorado. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Colorado Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association (PELA).
PELA is an organization of Colorado lawyers who are dedicated to representing employees who have been subjected to unfair employment practices. PELA works to advance the rights of employees in Colorado through the court system and in the Colorado legislature.
PELA also educates Colorado employment lawyers on how to be the best advocates for their clients. Over the years, Madeline has worked with and trained many of the best employment lawyers in Colorado.
Madeline has been a frequent lecturer on employment law topics and has written many articles on various aspects of employment law.
She grew up in Iowa but has lived in Colorado for over thirty-five years. Madeline and her husband Jack live in Denver where they raised their four children.
From 2005 to 2012, she took time off from the practice of law to focus on raising her four children. After successfully launching her children into the world, she returned to the practice of law with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
Wellesley College – BA in Political Science and Art History, 1981
University of Denver College of Law, JD, 1986
Ethics of Multiple Party Representation – Employment Law Conference, CLE in Colorado, Inc, April 2015
Employment Best Practices: Negotiating Workplace Celebrations – CBA Labor and Employment Law Section, November 2014
Effectively Working with an Economic Damages Expert – Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Conference, August 2014
Preparing for Your First Trial – National Employment Lawyers Association, Annual Employment Law Conference, June, 2003
Reading Between the Lines – Women’s Vision Foundation, April, 2003
Top 10 Employer Mistakes in Workplace Harassment Cases – Employment Law Conference, CLE in Colorado, Inc., October, 2001
What Employer’s Do That Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Love Panel Member Deposing Key Witnesses – The Plaintiff’s Perspective – Employment Law Conference, CLE in Colorado, Inc., March 2001
Building Your Case through Discovery – Employment Law Update, CLE in Colorado, Inc., November 2000
Recent Developments in Title VII Law – Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Seminar on Employment Law, November 2000
Reading between the Lines – Defining Inappropriate Behavior and Sexual Harassment – Employment Law Institute, CLE in Colorado, Inc., May 2000
Managing the Risks of Sexual Harassment Claims: A Plaintiff’s Perspective – Lorman Education Services, October 1999
Sexual Harassment: How to Make the Most Effective Claim – Advanced Seminar in Employment Law, CLE in Colorado, Inc., May 1999
Breaking the Glass Ceiling – Greater Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce, April 1998