Madeline “Maddie” Salamone joined Syprett Meshad as an Associate Attorney in February 2023. A member of the Florida, New York, and Georgia Bars, Maddie is a general litigator for our practice areas of Family Law, Real Estate, Commercial, Personal Injury, Wills Estates & Trusts, and Criminal Defense.
Prior to joining Syprett Meshad, Maddie worked as a sports attorney and college athlete advocate representing college athletes on matters concerning eligibility, scholarship appeals, abuse and mistreatment, transfer, and mental health issues. Her career has also included educating and consulting on matters relating to name, image, and likeness (NIL) within the NCAA and working for a litigation firm in New York City.
Maddie holds a BA. in Public Policy and a Certificate in Markets and Management from Duke University. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
While in law school, Maddie completed an externship at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), clerked for a North Carolina appellate court judge, and served as a law student advisor for an undergraduate broadcast journalist team. Maddie served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the International Law Journal and was a member of the International Moot Court team. She also served on the board of the Sports and Entertainment Law Association (SELA), and hosted the annual “Law Revue” comedy event.
Maddie’s professional background in sports and her athlete advocacy has led to her becoming a leading voice for NCAA reform, college athletes’ rights, and NIL issues. She appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter in 2022 to discuss changes to the NCAA transfer portal rules in college football, and was featured in a 2021 documentary “Vice Versa: College $ports, Inc.,” which addressed the ongoing efforts by many to reform the NCAA.
Maddie also testified before the North Carolina General Assembly’s Legislative Commission on the Fair Treatment of College Student-Athletes in January 2019, addressing the tremendous need for reform in college sports. She hosts a podcast “Speaking of Athletes,” which addresses the complex issues within college sports, especially those affecting athletes, complemented by a YouTube channel. As an expert in the field, Maddie is frequently sought out by journalists, media, and others for comment and advice concerning issues within college athletics and the NCAA, as well as developments in legislation related to college athletes.
Born and raised in Bel Air, Maryland, Maddie was a three-sport athlete in high school and an Under Armour All-American in lacrosse. She was awarded a scholarship to Duke University, where she was a member of the national semi-finalist Duke Women’s Lacrosse team. Prior to law school, Maddie served as chair of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), where she successfully advocated for college athletes to be granted voting power in the new governance structure. She was awarded the ACC President’s Award for Exemplary Service in 2017 for the lasting impact of that advocacy.
University of North Carolina School of Law
The Florida Bar
The New York Bar
The Georgia Bar
The Sarasota Bar