Recently, our very own Madeleine Mannello was featured in the United Way’s New Women United Spotlight, where she detailed her background and the experiences that have helped to shape her both personally and professionally.
It gave us the idea to “spotlight” her as well to help you get to know her a bit better.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Weston and attended Western High School. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, and my law degree from the University of Miami.
How long have you been practicing law?
I have been a practicing attorney for over a decade and have experience in civil and criminal litigation in both state and federal courts.
What do you enjoy most about working in personal injury law?
I am often working with people who are in the midst of one of the most traumatizing periods of their lives. They have either been seriously injured or have lost a loved one.
While I cannot undo the trauma or loss they have experienced, by patiently discussing their case and holding their hands through the legal system, I am able to help them feel less alone and less vulnerable. In the end, if I do my job correctly, I can also help them find a small sense of closure.
Outside of work, are there other things you do to try to serve the community?
Absolutely! For one, I am a member of United Way’s Women United. I first became involved with United Way when a friend invited me to a Women United Eat event. The women at the event were so welcoming, and I was so impressed after hearing about the work Women United puts into caring for our community that I was hooked!
I love that the organization takes a multifaceted approach to making positive change in our community: from small business loans to prescription discount programs, to ReadingPals, mental health interventions, and public policy work.
I am also very proud to be a member of the Broward County Women Lawyers’ Association, a diverse group of attorneys and judges who share the common vision that a successful legal community thrives on the commitment of its lawyers and judges to the legal and civic community.
I served as President of the organization from 2019 to 2020. During that year we opened a Lactation Room for nursing mothers in the Broward County Courthouse, hosted an Informed Voters Project event for high school students, and co-hosted the first-ever legal mentoring picnic in Broward, which was attended by over 400 attorneys, judges, and law students. We were awarded the Outstanding Public Service Program Award by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers for our work on the Lactation Room.
How do you spend your time when you’re relaxing?
Some of my favorite things include good food, a good glass of Cab, and absurdly competitive board game nights with family. My nephew and goddaughter are also pretty great. The gym is my happy place.
I also recently adopted a very old, grumpy dog who nobody likes but my two-year-old nephew.
If you are interested in working with Ms. Mannello, you can reach her directly at email@example.com or 954-606-6606.