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Robert R. Henak founded Henak Law Office, S.C., in 2000 with the goal of focusing on what he does best:  state and federal post-conviction work and criminal appeals.  He has limited his practice almost exclusively to post-conviction and criminal appeals since 1987.

Attorney Henak has represented people charged with crimes on post-conviction matters throughout Wisconsin and on appeal in the Wisconsin appellate courts, as well as in the federal courts, resulting in nearly 100 published decisions and a much larger number of unpublished decisions.


Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 50%
    27 years, 400 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    31 years



Hourly ($250-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Harry R. Hertel

    I've known Rob for a number of years, as a result of his advocacy on behalf of clients both at the trial level and on appeal. He is brilliant in his analysis of legal issues, and tireless in pursuing just results for those accused. He also lends his strong voice in supporting efforts to guarantee representation for criminal defendants, as well as combatting efforts to erode the Constitutional protections which are supposed to be protected for those accused. I heartily endorse Rob.


    Harry Hertel Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • J Steven House

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Henak is one of the few Wisconsin attorneys that I seek out for advice when I'm stumped on an appellate issue. He's highly respected by his peers and is routinely relied upon to teach other attorneys about appellate practice issues and is considered to be the attorney for difficult appellate issues in criminal matter.


    J House Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Henak Law Office, S.C

316 N Milwaukee St # 535
Milwaukee, WI, 53202-5888


NYCurrently registered 198403/13/2015
WIGood Standing198203/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
William M. Coffey Memorial AwardWisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2009
Leader in the LawWisconsin Law Journal2005
2005 - 2014 Top 5% of Wisconsin AtorneysSuperLawyers MagazineN/A
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerHenak Law Office, S.C.2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors1995 - Present
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Amicus Curiae CommitteeChair1995 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York UN/Alaw1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wisconsin State Public Defender ConferenceAppellate Arguments You Should be Preserving for Federal Court...Even if They Don’t Have a Chance in the State Courts2014
Wisconsin State Public Defender ConferenceFraming Ineffective Assistance Claims in Wisconsin Courts2013
Wisconsin State Public Defender ConferenceImmigration for Appellate Lawyers2012
3/30/12 What Every State Court Criminal Law Practitioner Needs to know about the Federal SystemProtecting your Clients' Federal Habeas Rights2012
Public Defender ConferenceHarmless Error2011
Conference on the Wisconsin Supreme Court: Review and PreviewNew Federalism - An Obligation, Not an Option2010
Conference on the Wisconsin Supreme Court: Review and PreviewRecusal of Supreme Court Justices2009