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National Center for Lesbian Rights

Shauna Madison, Esq. she / her / hers

Board Member

Shauna Madison is a Managing Partner at Medina Orthwein LLP. Shauna has extensive experience in both civil and criminal litigation and is passionate about pursuing meaningful cases on behalf of underserved communities. Presently, Shauna specializes in class and individual employment discrimination cases and constitutional claims involving police and prison misconduct.

Prior to joining Medina Orthwein, Shauna was a criminal defense attorney at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, advocating on behalf of indigent clients. During her time at the public defender’s office, Shauna managed hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases, through all stages of litigation including client interviews, arraignments, investigations, pre-trial negotiations, preliminary hearings, trials and sentencing hearings. In addition to trial advocacy, Shauna provided expert representation in extradition and interstate compact matters. Shauna also facilitated officewide trainings, while assisting in the recruitment and retention of attorneys from marginalized communities.

Shauna has sat on the Boards of the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (2016-2018); University of San Francisco’s Public Interest Law Foundation (2017-2019), and the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center (2020 – Present) and has also attended the 2011 White House Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Conference, where she received advanced policy briefing on upcoming LGBT legislation.

In her personal life, Shauna practices self care by hiking with her wife and rescue pup, running 5Ks, and completing DIY projects.

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