Madison Burke

Madison Burke



Madison is an associate in Ryan Swanson’s Litigation group. Madison’s litigation practice focuses on securities litigation, trust and estate disputes and healthcare litigation on behalf of businesses and individuals. Madison’s background as a certified mediator helps her to work collaboratively with her clients to strategize and prepare for litigation while working to find solutions for the client that avoid going to trial where possible.


Madison frequently works with investors, broker-dealers, investment bankers, advisers, and registered representatives in regulatory investigations and disciplinary actions brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the New York Stock Exchange, and the State of Washington Department of Financial Institutions (DFI).

Madison also handles the prosecution and defense of customer claims against investment advisors, broker-dealers, and registered representatives. These matters involve claims of unsuitability, churning, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation, particularly before FINRA Dispute Resolution. Madison’s practice includes experience in the areas of shareholder derivative action, directors’ and officers’ liability, insider trading, corporate governance and internal investigation, mortgage-backed securities, and stock option disputes.


Madison takes a supportive approach to working with family members, trustees, and personal representatives in disputes ranging from Will contests to interpretation of trust provision. Her experience includes representing charities to ensure appropriate distributions under a trust, challenges to a Trustee’s withholding of information and inaction, and cases alleging breach of fiduciary duty against a trustee and personal representative.

  • French (conversational)


  • Member, Board of Trustees, Young Lawyer Division, King County Bar Association
  • Advisory Board Member, Puget Sound Chapter of the Federalist Society (2016-present), President, University of Washington Chapter (2015-2016)
  • Member, American Bar Association (2015-present)
  • Member, Washington Policy Center Young Professionals (2015-present)
  • Member, Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS) (2015-present)
  • Member, Washington Women Lawyers (2013-present)
  • 12th Circuit Governor, Law Student Division of the American Bar Association (2015-2016)


Madison was raised in Southeastern Idaho. After attending Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Madison lived abroad in Germany with her husband. Madison attended law school at the University of Washington. While in law school, Madison served as an editor to the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy Symposium Edition and worked as a mediator mediating disputes for the Seattle Office of  the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the King County Small Claims Court. Prior to joining Ryan Swanson, Madison worked for the Government Operations Division of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, for the 21st Theater Sustainment Command of the U.S. Army, and for U.S. Senator Michael D. Crapo. Madison lives in Rainier Beach with her husband and two sons. Madison enjoys spending time with her family hiking, camping, skiing, and traveling.