John B. Madden | special counsel
John Madden practices primarily in the field of design and construction, with a concentration serving not-for-profit institutions.
Mr. Madden clerked for Lloyd F. MacMahon, then Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, in 1979-80 following graduation from Harvard Law School. He then practiced for 27 years both as a trial lawyer (serving as first chair in 13 commercial trials and arbitrations going to verdict), and as a corporate lawyer negotiating and drafting commercial agreements. From 2007-2010 Mr. Madden served as General Counsel & Secretary for Lincoln Center Development Project, Inc., which undertook the $1.2 billion renovation of the Lincoln Center campus.
Since 2010, Mr. Madden has practiced with his own firm, focusing on projects for not-for-profit clients in the New York City area, and was a founding member of Nelson Madden Black LLP in 2016. He has significant experience with New York Religious Corporations Law, New York Not-for-Profit Law and related governance issues.
Mr. Madden’s work has included representation of San Francisco Theological Seminary in assuring its ongoing existence as a religious institution in the context of a merger with a public institution, the University of Redlands; and representation of Greek Orthodox American Leaders, a group of lay members of the Greek Orthodox Church in litigation with the Church concerning governance issues.
- Yale College , B.A. 1976, magna cum laude
- Harvard Law School, J.D. 1979, cum laude
Bar Admissions: New York State
- United States District Court, Southern District of New York
- United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
- Second Circuit Court of Appeals
- Episcopal Diocese of New York – Standing Committee, 2010-2013 (President, 2012-2013); Trustee, 2014-2019; Real Estate Committee, and Audit Committee, Chair
- “Religious Schools Anticipate Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Ruling,” New York Law Journal (2022)
- “Considerations for Religious Institutions in Time of Crisis,” New York Law Journal (2020)
- “When #MeToo Leads to Litigation Against the Church,” New York Law Journal (2018)
- “Exceptions and Exclusions Benefit Religious Institutions and Clergy,” New York Law Journal (2017)