Chair and Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP


Madeleine McDonough became Chair of Shook, Hardy & Bacon in 2017. She was previously Chair of the firm’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Practice. In 2014, Madeleine was named one of the nation’s top-50 Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers by The National Law Journal and is a lecturer in global health law at the Georgetown University Law Center.

As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Madeleine created a Leader's Pledge detailing her personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Madeleine's pledge here

Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s diversity efforts include law school workshops through a partnership with the National Black Law Students Association, a Women’s Management Council, and required diversity action from all attorneys. In 2017, the firm received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for the tenth year in a row.

“We want to be at the forefront of protection for members of the LGBTQ community and other groups, including minorities and women,” Madeleine said. “We want everyone to bring their best energy to work every day.”

The firm was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2013.

Joined LCLD 2009 

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows nominated:
2022: Norma Bennett; 2021: Antar Vaughan; 2020: George Ngengwe; 2019: Andrew Chang; 2018: Maria Salcedo; 2017: Daniel Lim; 2016: Naoki Stephen Kaneko; 2015: Annie Yu-Suan Chuang; 2014: April Byrd; 2013: Gregory K. Wu; 2012: Hassia T. Diolombi; 2011: Leonard Searcy

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinder Selection:
2022: Kierra Powell, Ambria Mahomes; 2021: Shannon Schoultz, Mayela Montenegro; 2020: Alexandra Nieves, Joan Camagong; 2019: Anitra Raiford, Melissa Plunkett

1L LCLD Scholars Program

Scholars hosted:
2019: Hugh Ebb, Lakshmi Achari; 2018: Stefon Jeffrey David, Neimann Gipson, Hannah Sanchez, Patrick Woods; 2017: Robert McClendon; 2016: Anna Elzein, Zachary Parker, Sangeeta Shastry; 2015: Maikieta Antoinette Brantley, Anjali Priya Prasad; 2014: Grant Dixon; 2013: Jordan Carter, Jason Harmon; 2012: Jaran Moten, Margaret Shyr

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014) 
Leadership Summit (2022)

Member: Madeleine McDonough

Diversity Professional: Lolly Cerda

Communications: Alison Talbott, Heather McMichael