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  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Appeals: 50%
    22 years, 900 cases

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  • Syovata K. Edari

    I endorse this lawyer. Ellen is one of my early mentors as I began practicing as a new lawyer in 2003. She taught me a rule of practice I have lived by for the past 10 years and has lead to the dismissal of various of my cases: "ask for any remedy until they tell you you can't."


    Syovata Edari Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Matthew S. Pinix

    Ellen Henak is an incredible attorney. Her wealth of knowledge and experience in her field is immeasurable, and her dedication to protecting her client's rights is a cornerstone of her representation. I wholeheartedly endorse Atty. Henak.


    Matthew Pinix Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Henak Law Office, S.C.

316 N Milwaukee Street
Suite 535
Milwaukee, WI, 53202


WIGood Standing198703/16/2015
NYCurrently registered 198403/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Public Education Volunteer of the YearState Bar of Wisconsin2014
Leader in the LawMilwaukee Law Journal2009
Law Related Education Attorney of the YearWisconsin Bar Association2007
Rubin SocietyWisconsin State Public Defender's Office2006
Outstanding Achievement AwardWisconsin Public Defender's Office1997
Exceptional Acievement AwardWisconsin State Public Defender's Office1996
Pro Bono AwardLegal Action of Wisconsin1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor of LawMarquette University Law School2012 - 2014
Assistant State Public DefenderWisconsin State Public Defender Appellate Office Milwaukee1991 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersTreasurer2014 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinChair, Mock Trial Task Force2010 - 2015
State Bar of WisonsinPublic Education Committee Member2010 - 2015
Wisconsin State Public Defender AssociationTreasurer2009 - 2011
Wisconsin State Public Defender AssociationBoard Member2007 - 2012
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2001 - Present
Maple Dale-Indian Hill School BoardClerk1999 - 2005
Publication nameTitleDate
American Journal of Trial AdvocacyWhen the Interest of Self, Clients and Colleagues Collide: The Ethics of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims2009
De Novo (reprinted in WisBar Inside Track )From Tricked-out Brief to Persuasive Petition for Review2009
Book (co-editor)From the Courtroom to the Classroom2006
Wisconsin DefenderThe Changing Rules Governing Relief After Direct Appeal and Their Effect on Direct Appeals1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York UN/Alaw1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mock Trial Coach's ConferenceTeaching Cross-Examination to High School Students2011
Wisconsin State Public Defender ConferenceLitigating 980 Appeals2010
Ethics SeminarWhat’s Behind the Magic Mirror: Ethical Implications for Internet Use2010
Wisconsin State Public Defender's ConferenceWriting Petitions for Review2009
Mock Trial Coach's ConferenceRules of Evidence for Mock Trial2009
Judicial Teaching InstituteTaking and Deciding Petitions for Review2009
Milwaukee Lunchtime SeminarSentence Credit2008
Annual ConventionThe Appeals Process and Confidential Documents2008