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Anthony D. Cotton

Anthony D. Cotton

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Federal Crime

About Me

After graduating from Catholic Memorial High School I attended college at UW-Whitewater. After two years I transfered to UW-Madison, where I obtained my degree in political science. Immediatley after graduating from Madison I was accepted to law school at Marquette where I graduated in 2005.


In law school I was the president of the International Law Society and was heavily involved in election protection work. In the summer of 2004 I accepted a job in Eritrea, East Africa. I worked for the Eritrean government and assisted in the investigation of human rights abuses. The majority of the time, I interviewed villagers about losses they had suffered during the invasion. I prepared financial claims for Eritreans and helped them seek compensation.


After law school I began my career as a criminal defense lawyer. I am a partner at Kuchler & Cotton Law Offices in Waukesha, Wisconsin. My practice is almost entirely devoted to the represenation of people accused of crimes. I consider myself a trial lawyer and have tried cases in both state and federal court. I believe strongly in listening carefully to my clients so that  I can present their story in the most effective way. I learned how to practice law from two people - my mother and stepfather. They are the two finest attorneys I've ever known. They care about their clients on a truly personal level and they are committed to fighting for the underdog.


I work long hours, but enjoy what I do. Every client has my cell phone number, and they can call me at any time, if needed. The size of our firm has grown over ten years, which is a direct reflection of the quality of our work. We handle every type of criminal case there is, and our results have been exceptional because of how much time we spend working on our files. With five attorneys in the firm, every case is dissected among the group and we make sure our clients are immediately apprised of the strategy.


More information is available on our website.




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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    10 years
  2. Federal Crime: 25%
    10 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    10 years



Hourly ($350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

28 total 

  • Aaron Anton Nelson

    I endorse this lawyer. Tony is an excellent lawyer. His insight, knowledge and passion are admirable. In addition to being wise beyond his years, his ability to think outside the box and find creative solutions for his clients is impressive. Tony obviously has oodles of talents, but it his constant striving to improve his lawyer skills that sets him apart. His results prove he is one of the best.


    Aaron Nelson DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Corey Geoff Mehlos

    I endorse this lawyer. Tony Cotton has mentored me, as a young lawyer, and has provided me with invaluable advice. He does an outstanding job being responsive to clients, works incredibly hard, and devotes his entire practice to criminal defense. If someone I cared about were to need an outstanding criminal defense attorney, Tony would be my first choice.


    Corey Mehlos Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

Contact Info


1535 E Racine Ave
Waukesha, WI, 53186-6826

Po Box 527
Waukesha, WI, 53187-0527




WIGood Standing200503/26/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Leading LawyersM Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Leading LawyersM Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Super Lawyers - Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Super Lawyers - Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Best Brief AppellantPace University Law School2004

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Human Rights Abuse InvestigationEritrean/Ethiopian Claims Commission2005 - 2005
AttorneyKuchler & Cotton Law Offices2005 - Present
Law ClerkFederal Defender's Service2004 - 2004
Law ClerkNorthwestern Mutual Financial Network2004 - 2005


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2008 - 2011
Juvenile 180 DiversionPresident2008 - Present
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2007 - Present
EnlightBoard of Directors2005 - 2008
State Bar of WisconsinN/A2005 - Present
Waukesha Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Billy BrooksNot Guilty
Eunique MorganNot Guilty
Chit TheinAmended to Disorderly Conduct

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Publication NameTitleDate
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBlack Friday2008
Pace University Law ReviewAppellant's Brief2005


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette UN/Alaw2005

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Waukesha Public Defender's Spring ConferenceProbation Revocations from A-Z2006