Practicing primarily in Personal Injury and Insurance Defense.


Mr. Madsen was born and raised in Council Bluffs. Upon graduating from high school he went away to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, obtaining double majors in English and Political Science. After college he attended and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines with his Juris Doctorate. He then returned to his home town of Council Bluffs and began practicing law at Stuart Tinley Law Firm, LLP.

Since beginning practicing law in 1989, Mr. Madsen has devoted his practice almost entirely to civil litigation. He practices throughout the State of Iowa and in the State of Nebraska in Federal and State Courts. Mr. Madsen is regarded as one of the finest trial lawyers in the State of Iowa and has received numerous honors as a trial lawyer. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in the Omaha Metropolitan Area by Omaha Magazine.

Mr. Madsen has been selected as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, which Fellows are chosen strictly by invitation and only after a rigorous investigation. The American College of Trial Lawyers is limited to the top 1% of the trial lawyers in each individual state and is limited to those lawyers who have distinguished themselves in trial practice and have displayed the highest skill, integrity and ethics as a trial lawyer.

Early in his career as a lawyer, Mr. Madsen had the honor of being chosen for membership in the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers. Membership in the Academy is by invitation only and upon sponsorship and recommendation from peers and judges. Membership is limited to the top 250 trial lawyers in the state who have displayed exceptional trial skills and the highest integrity. Mr. Madsen has been a Board Member of the Academy and is currently serving as Vice President/President Elect.

Mr. Madsen has been given an AV (Preeminent) rating in Martindale-Hubbell, which is a rating by his peers. This is the highest rating an attorney can achieve.

Mr. Madsen has an extensive trial practice and has represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation in Federal and State Court in Iowa and Nebraska. His trial skills have allowed him to try over 100 cases to verdict, over 50 of which were to a jury. His civil litigation practice is diverse. He has successfully represented plaintiffs in wrongful death claims, medical malpractice claims, product liability claims and employment claims relative to wrongful termination. He has numerous jury trials in which he has obtained successful verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs he has represented in these cases.

He also has an extensive civil litigation practice devoted to Municipality defense. He has represented prosecutors and law enforcement officials in civil rights claims, claims for prosecutorial misconduct, excessive force, wrongful incarceration, fabrication of evidence, and coercion of witnesses. He has successfully defended prosecutors, police officers, sheriffs and deputies relative to such claims.

Mr. Madsen has extensive experience defending insurance companies, and their insureds, in litigation involving automobile accident, trucking accidents, premises liability claims, and direct claims against insurance companies for breach of contract and bad faith practices. He has represented employees and employers in employment litigation. He has handled a number of construction cases involving disputes between contractors and has handled a number of complex probate disputes, including will contests.

Mr. Madsen has been involved in cases involving millions of dollars and has obtained substantial verdicts for his clients, while representing plaintiffs. He has successfully defended clients involving claims of damages in excess of millions and even one-hundred million dollars.

Mr. Madsen has held memberships and professional affiliations with a number of organizations including the Iowa State Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Iowa Association for Justice, the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, The American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Pottawattamie County Bar Association. He has served on the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Fourth Judicial District of Iowa, which is the commission responsible for selecting District Court Judges.

Since returning to his home town after law school, Mr. Madsen has been active in numerous organizations in the community and has served for over 20 years on the Council Bluffs Parks Board.

Mr. Madsen considers his greatest achievement in life marrying his wife, Kristi and raising their three daughters, of whom he is extremely proud.


  • St Olaf College - B.A., 1986
  • Drake University Law School - J.D., 1989


  • Admitted to bar - Iowa 1990; Nebraska 1996
  • Admitted to practice before - Iowa and Nebraska State Courts; U.S. District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Iowa and District of Nebraska; and U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • Council Bluffs Office


    310 West Kanesville Boulevard
    Second Floor, CenturyLink Building
    Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503