Madeleine (Maddi) M. Pfefferle


A member of Young Moore’s Health Care Team and COVID-19 Task Force, Madeleine defends and advises health care providers. She defends individual providers, practices, and nursing homes in medical malpractice actions in North Carolina Superior Court. Additionally, she defends providers in Section 1983 civil rights litigation in federal court. Madeleine is passionate about educating her clients about the process of litigation and has experience presenting the Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Action. She is an active member of the firm’s Health Care Industry Group and participates in hosting seminars for health care providers to discuss current legal issues facing the industry. Her notable experience includes the successful defense of a case of first impression interpreting a statutory immunity afforded to qualifying free clinics and health care providers, successful briefing of a motion based on intervening and superseding cause, and successful defense of a Fourth Circuit appeal on the grounds of waiver.

Madeleine is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina School of Law. While attending law school, she served as the Clerk of Court for Holdnerness Moot Court where she was awarded National Order of the Barristers for outstanding participation and performance as a student advocate. She also served as Notes and Comments Editor for the North Carolina Journal of International Law and was selected for the Seymour W. Wurfel Award for unselfish dedication of time and spirit to the journal, persistence in the face of discouragement, and enthusiastic helpfulness to other staff members. Madeleine’s article discussing the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and the Ebola outbreak was selected for publication. Additionally, Madeleine assisted in the formation and governance of nonprofit organizations while she was part of the Community Development Clinic and was involved in Carolina’s pro bono program. She was also a Leadership Development Fellow where she and her classmates created a platform for the student body to share common interests and coordinate attendance to unique events.

As a Raleigh native, Madeleine is passionate about the community. She is an active member of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and a graduate of its Leadership Raleigh program. The nine-month program, designed to prepare future leaders, provides an in-depth view of community issues, develops leadership skills, and offers participants the opportunity to develop a project to help fulfill community needs. In her free time, Madeleine enjoys ballroom dancing, cheering for Carolina basketball, and travelling.

Education & Bar Admissions

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 2016
  • B.A., University of Maryland, 2013

Admitted in

  • North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Tenth Judicial District Bar
  • Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Publications & Presentations

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