Madeline K. Engel joined Caffarelli & Associates in 2016. Since the time she graduated from law school, Ms. Engel has focused her practice exclusively on labor and employment. She has substantial experience litigating claims arising under the wage and hour laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and state, federal, and local discrimination and retaliation statutes. Ms. Engel regularly practices in federal and state court and before various federal, state, and local administrative agencies. She has consistently obtained trial verdicts in favor of her clients.

From 2010 through 2014 Ms. Engel worked with Mr. Caffarelli and pursued claims on behalf of employees in a variety of venues. During that time she obtained numerous favorable settlements on behalf of individuals and classes of employees. She also obtained a favorable bench trial verdict while serving in a “second-chair” capacity representing an executive seeking unpaid commissions. In 2014, Ms. Engel joined the Law Department of the Chicago Transit Authority, where she worked as a Senior Attorney in the Department’s Labor & Employment section. In that role she obtained two favorable trial verdicts for the CTA and represented the Authority in a variety of matters including several labor arbitrations and in proceedings arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, and state whistleblower laws. She also counseled management on compliance with the FMLA and state and federal wage and hour statutes.

Ms. Engel received her Juris Doctorate from Chicago Kent College of Law, where she served as a member of the Chicago-Kent Law Review and received the CALI Award for earning the highest grade in a seminar on family and the workplace. Ms. Engel also received a Certificate in Labor & Employment upon graduating.


  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • B.S., Tulane University

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois

Membership & Associations

  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • “Defiling the Retaliation Doctrine: Kasten v. Saint-Gobain and the Anti-Retaliation Provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act,” 86 Chi-Kent L. Rev. 351 (2011)

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