Madeline Collison

Madeline Collison

  • Of Counsel
  • 303-865-3733
  • 650 S. Cherry St., Ste. 700, Denver, CO 80246
  • Areas of Practice
  • Discrimination • Retaliation • Harassment • Disability and Reasonable Accommodations • Whistleblower Claims • Wrongful Termination • Contract Disputes • Family and Medical Leave Act Claims • Federal Employee Rights • Equal Pay • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace • Employment Agreements • Severance Agreements • Non-compete Clauses

Professional Experience

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:

  • counseling on the proper avenues to voice concerns
  • providing advice both pre-employment and post-employment
  • negotiating employment contracts and severance agreements
  • representing clients in the administrative process;
  • litigating claims

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

Bar Admissions

  • State of Colorado, 1986
  • United States District Court, Colorado 1987
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990

Professional Affiliations

  • Plaintiff Employment Lawyers Association: Chair of the Board of Directors, 2019-2020; President; Board of Directors
  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association: President; Board of Directors
  • Colorado Bar Association: Co-Chair, Labor and Employment Section
  • Denver Bar Association: Chair, Denver Young Lawyers Division; Board of Directors
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell over twenty-five years
  • Chambers USA America’s Leading Business lawyers – Colorado for Employment Law
  • Colorado Supreme Court, Appointed Member, Attorney Regulation Hearing Board, 1999-2003
  • University of Denver College of Law, Lecturer in Employment Law, 1990

Publications and Speaking Engagements

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

Community Involvement

  • CISV (International peace education non-profit): CISV USA Risk Manager, 2019 – present; CISV Rocky Mountain Denver Board of Directors
  • Central City Opera: Co-President of Central City Opera House Guild, 2009-2011
  • East Angel Friends and Alumni Foundation: Board of Directors, 2009-2015
  • Graland Country Day School: President of Parent Association, 2007-2009; Ex-Officio Member, Board of Trustees, 2007-2009