ARTHUR J. MADDEN, III
Arthur Madden is the firm's lynchpin. Admitted to the Alabama bar in 1977, he is admitted and qualified to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. and Alabama Supreme Courts. He is married to Wanda Cochran, herself an attorney, and has three children: Leo Boucher, Keenan, and Cora.
His areas of practice are criminal defense law and civil litigation.
He was born on January 18, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has an undergraduate degree as well as a cum laude J.D. from the University of Minnesota. Between those two degrees he attended Boston University where he earned a Masters in History. After Boston, he served a stint as a newspaper editor for two small newspapers in New Hampshire, returning to his native Minnesota to earn his law degree.
Madden was the first lawyer hired by the Legal Services Corporation of Alabama where he distinguished himself by performing brilliant and selfless legal work . He left LSCA and went out on his own and soon extended his reputation beyond the civil arena. He further extended the name he had made for himself by defending just about every major case - many of them capital cases - brought in the Mobile area. Because of his tremendous legal skills and impeccable reputation he was appointed to monitor the local jail conditions, the result of a lawsuit that ultimately brought about the construction of the Mobile Metro Jail.
The list of cases that Madden has tried is truly impressive. Among the major cases in which he has been involved are included the "St. Paul" and "19th Hole" cases, United States v. Young, United States v. Ly, and numerous others. In addition, he has a tremendous reputation in the appellate arena, most recently arguing before the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Irizarry. Click here for a list of his Reported Cases.
He previously served as city attorney for the City of Prichard. He is a board member for the Federal Defender Organization for the Southern District of Alabama, having also acted previously as its president. He also is a member of the Mobile Bar Association's Grievance Committee and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and of the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association.