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Madelyn E. Dukes
Hickory, Charlotte & Columbia Attorney
Madelyn grew up in the Midlands of South Carolina before attending college at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She completed the four-year program in three years, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Legal Rhetoric.
Following graduation, she moved to Montgomery, Alabama, for law school. After her first year in law school, Madelyn clerked for one of the country’s leading plaintiff’s firms. She worked on False Claims Act (Whistleblower) claims, Consumer Fraud claims, Unapproved Drug litigation, and various other multidistrict litigation cases.
That summer, she helped author an in-house publication on the False Claims Act, sparking her passion for whistleblower litigation and all things personal injury law. She credits this experience with shaping her career. Since then, Madelyn has dedicated her entire career to helping those who have been injured or wronged due to the negligence or bad acts of others.
Despite an offer to continue at that firm, Madelyn realized that summer that she wanted to move back home to South Carolina. She relocated to Columbia and enrolled at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where she became a highly active member of the school’s Mock Trial Bar.
While in law school, Madelyn won the CALI Award for the highest grade in Election Law. She won the Carolinas Invitational Mock Trial Tournament and was a finalist in the Judge J. Lyles Glenn Mock Trial Competition. She was also a member of two nationally-ranking teams at the TYLA National Trial Competition. Undoubtedly, this is what sparked her love of trial work today. Madelyn enjoys the adversarial nature of litigation and is ready to take your case to trial to get the outcome you deserve.
Before joining the Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor, Madelyn was an associate with McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates in Lexington, SC for three years. She handled every aspect of a case: from intake to settlement to litigation. While with McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, Madelyn handled many types of cases. Her practice primarily focused on personal injury litigation, including automobile accidents, dog bite cases, and premises liability claims.
Professionally, Madelyn is incredibly involved in the legal community. She serves on the South Carolina Bar’s Practice and Procedure Committee, overseeing and implementing changes to the Court rules that affect your case. Additionally, she serves on the Law Related Education Committee, the Young Lawyer’s Division, and the Protecting our Youth and Make-a-Wish Committees, which provide outreach to children and young adults throughout South Carolina.
Her peers recognized Madelyn in Columbia Business Monthly’s 2020 Legal Elite of the Midlands. Madelyn has also remained involved in the University of South Carolina School of Law Mock Trial Bar, where she has coached a team each semester since graduation. Her teams have won 2 Semi-Finalist placements, 2 Best Advocate awards, and 2 Most Professional Team awards in the last three years.
Madelyn is an avid lover of houseplants, a native of Batesburg-Leesville, and is a lifelong resident of the Midlands. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, spending time on Lake Murray, and traveling. You can often find her accompanied by her four-legged children, a Silky Terrier, and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
- The University of Alabama, (BA), magna cum laude
- University of South Carolina School of Law, (JD), cum laude
- South Carolina
- US District Court, District of South Carolina
- South Carolina Bar Association
- Richland County Bar Association
- Lexington County Bar Association
- South Carolina Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Educational Association
- Columbia Business Monthly’s Legal Elite of the Midlands – Consumer Products & Retail (2020)
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