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Donna Jean Kuchler

Donna Jean Kuchler

Practice areas:

Child Abuse, Criminal Defense, Social Security, Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury

About Me

I handle all types of criminal defense.  I have spent many years understanding and defending the most difficult of cases - alleged child abuse.  These cases are very difficult to defend because it requires an understanding of the medical aspects of the case.  I bring this experience and knowledge to your case, along with a great number of physicians who assist me.  If you have been falsely accused of abusing your child, please feel free to give me a call to discuss the facts of your case.


We are also a very experienced federal defense firm.  Whether you or a loved one have been charged with a drug conspiracy, human trafficking or any other federal charge, call me or my partner Anthony Cotton. 


I have been a lawyer since 1995.  I went back to school after my children entered grade school.  I am proud to practice with my son and partner, Anthony Cotton.  We are a family orientated firm and we strive to give close and personal attention to all our clients.  We know that a criminal allegation affects not only the accused, but his or her entire family.  We will be honored and happy to help you.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1996

  1. Child Abuse: 55%
    19 years, 200 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    19 years, 500 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 5%
    19 years, 75 cases
  4. Divorce & Separation: 5%
    19 years, 100 cases
  5. Social Security: 5%
    19 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($350-500/hour), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Jane E Probst

    I have known Attorney Kuchler many years. She is an excellent attorney and has shown the highest of integrity each time I have worked with her. She fully advises her clients of their rights. She will always be forthright with them as to their chances of winning at trial and will be a fierce and knowledgeable advocate. If there is not the greatest liklihood, she will negotiate the best possible outcome for their case. She cares deeply for all of her clients.


    Jane Probst Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Thomas R. Jones

    I endorse this lawyer.I have had the pleasure of observing Ms. Kuchler in action in the Waukesha courts for over 20 years. She is a skilled and tireless advocate.


    Thomas Jones Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Kuchler & Cotton, S.C.

1535 E. Racine Ave
Waukesha, WI, 53187-0527



WIGood Standing199603/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Coffey AwardWisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2014
The Hanson Award for Homicide AcquittalWisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2014
Women in the LawWisconsin Law Journal2014
Leading Lawyers in MilwaukeeMilwaukee Magazine2013
David Niblack Award for Lifetime Indigent DefenseWisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2010
The Hanson Award for Homicide AcquittalWisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2006

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerKuchler & Cotton, S.C.1996 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Child Abuse Defense & Resource CenterMember2010 - Present
UP ConnectionBoard President2003 - 2004
Mental Health AssociationBoard Member1998 - 2001
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1996 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Wisconsin Association of Trial LawyersMember1996 - Present
Waukesha County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1995 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State of Wisconsin vs. DittbernerNot guilty at jury trial
State of Wisconsin vs. BegicevicCase remanded on appeal
United States v. Fidel RoblesConviction reversed.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Huffington PostBail Money Forfeited2012


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJ.D.1995
Concordia University-WisconsinBusiness ManagementBachelor of Arts - Summa cum laude1995

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Using Technology in Criminal DefenseUsing Power Point to Secure an Acquittal2014
Wisconsin State Public Defender Annual ConferenceDefending Shaken Baby Cases2013
Spring 2013 ConferenceLegal Issues Faced by Foster Families2013
Child AbuseDefense of Shaken Baby Cases2008