Madeleine Weldon-Linne received the 10th Annual DePaul Law Review Sapientia Award for Distinguished Alumnae/Alumni on April 2, 2015. The award ceremony and reception was at the Union League Club of Chicago. This award is given to a DePaul University Law Review member for distinction in practice and reputation in the legal community.

Madeleine Weldon-Linne

312.236.5379, ext. 11

Madeleine is one of the managing partners and concentrates her practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense, negligence and personal injury defense, and complex civil litigation. She also represents professionals before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation as well as the Health Care Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Madeleine practices in all state and federal courts in Illinois.

As an undergraduate at Northwestern University (B.S. 1975), Madeleine studied biology at Northwestern University. Rather than pursuing a career in medicine, she entered the work force upon graduation, supporting her husband through medical school. Madeleine was the Valedictorian of her law school class (DePaul College of Law, l981). Her interest in medicine found expression through her practice in medical malpractice defense. Weldon-Linne & Vogt’s formation in 1996 and client inclusion philosophy was described in the DePaul University of College of Law Magazine, “Dialogue” “Civil Excellence: DePaul Personal Injury Litigators” which named Madeleine Weldon-Linne as one of Chicago’s “Top 10 Civil Litigators.”

Weldon-Linne & Vogt’s clients know what to expect and remain involved in the court process. Trust plays a major role in developing the attorney-client relationship. Madeleine looks forward to when the full and complete truth about a case is uncovered and the facts become clear. “I’m convinced you can find a defense if you just know the truth.”

Recognized in the national legal community, the American Bar Association sought out Madeleine to counsel other women attorneys regarding starting a law firm. Her insight was published in the American Bar Association publication “The Road to Independence: A Woman’s Guide to Forming her Own Law Firm” (2011).

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Health Care Law
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Negligence & Personal Injury Defense


  • Northwestern University (B.A. Biological Sciences 1975)
  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D. 1981-Valedictorian)
    • Law Review Editorial Board 1980-1981
    • Moot Court Team 1980-1981
    • Extern for Federal Judge James Moran 1981
    • Extern for U.S. Attorney, Civil Division, Summer 1979

Admissions, Legal Activities & Memberships

  • State Bar of Illinois-1981
  • State Bar of Wisconsin-1985
  • Federal Trial Bar Northern District of Illinois-1981
  • Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • National Association of Minority and Woman Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys (AATA)

Recognition & Awards

  • Premier 100 Trial Attorneys in Illinois: American Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015
  • DePaul Law Review Sapientia Award for Distinguished Alumnae/Alumni, 2015.
  • Illinois SuperLawyer 2007 to present.
  • Who's Who in American Law 2001 to present.
  • Martindale-Hubbell “highest peer review rated for ethical standards and legal ability” since 1996.
  • Special Assistant to the Illinois Attorney General.
  • "Civil Excellence: DePaul Personal Injury Litigators," Dialogue, DePaul University College of Law Magazine, 2001.
  • Valedictorian-DePaul University College of Law-1981.

Articles, Publications & Presentations

  • DePaul Women's Bar Association, "Issues Affecting Women Attorney's in the Changing Landscape of Legal Profession." Panel Member, (October 2012).
  • The Road to Independence: A Woman's Guide to Forming Her Own Law Firm, ABA Publications (2011)
  • "Whose Witness Am I Anyway? Adverse and Direct Examination" (In Press).
  • "Legal Affairs: 10 Points to Remember for a Deposition" CorrectCare Winter 2008.
  • Civil Rights Mock Trial Presentation, National Commission on Correctional Health Care (Summer, 2004).
  • Orthodontic Associates and Dentists' Advantage, "You Be The Judge" Mock Trial and Risk Management Seminar, 2002.
  • University of Illinois Graduate School of Public Health: "Legal Issues in Complementary and Alternative Medicine", 2002.
  • West Suburban Medical Center Ground Rounds: "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Issues", 2001.
  • Book Review: Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, John Hopkins University Press, 2000.
  • Provident Hospital Emergency Physicians Conference: "Charting Your Defense: The Emergency Department Medical Record, 1997.
  • Illinois Society of Podiatrists Conference: "The Team Approach to Risk Management and Litigation". 1996.
  • "Managed Health Care: Some Legal Issues and Theories", Chicago Medicine, Vol. 94, No. 20 (October 21, 1991).
  • "The Ideal Physician Defendant", Chicago Medicine, Vol. 93. No. 14 (July 21, 1990).
  • "AIDS Virus Antibody Testing: Issues of Informed Consent and Patient Confidentiality", IL Bar Journal, Vol. 75, No. 4, Page 206 (Dec. 1986).
  • "Title IX: No longer an Empty Promise Cannon v. University of Chicago", 29 DePaul Law Review 263 (1979).