2021 40 Under 40 award recipient: Madelaine Lane

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Madelaine Lane. Courtesy 616 Media

Madelaine Lane, 39

Partner

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Whether she is arguing a case in a courtroom or performing opera on a stage, Madelaine Lane always remembers the words of her voice teacher and coach, Nicholas Loren.

“Nicholas has taught me how to live life beautifully, whether I am singing, preparing for the courtroom or enjoying dinner with family or friends,” she said. “Our work together underscores how much we need to appreciate the journey, not just the final destination.”

Lane’s journey as an attorney began at Warner Norcross + Judd, and throughout her career at the law firm, she has taken on many titles. She now serves as the co-chair of the firm’s white collar criminal defense and investigations practice group and regulatory and compliance practice group, tri-chair of the data analytics and eDiscovery practice group, co-partner-in-charge of Warner’s eDiscovery Center and deputy general counsel.

However, Lane said her biggest accomplishment in her legal career was being appointed to Warner’s management committee, which is comprised of 10 members who oversee the firm’s strategic vision and day-to-day operations.

Her passion for singing has led her to perform in various places in West Michigan and Europe, as well as Carnegie Hall. Nevertheless, Lane said performing with the Kent Philharmonic Orchestra is her biggest accomplishment yet in her opera career. 

“For both of these accomplishments, I was able to reflect on the journey, as my voice coach Nicholas Loren has taught me,” she said. “In each area, I found myself at a spot of appreciating the mastery of skills that enabled me to reach these twin career pinnacles — enjoying the journey as much as the achievement.”

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