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If you have been accused, injured, or wronged, please feel free to contact me as soon as possible for a free consultation. If I can't help you, I'll do my best to refer you to someone who can.


     I earned an Associate Degree in Biology in 1980, and then worked in blue collar/technical positions at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, and the University of Wisconsin Biochemistry Department. After enlisting in the Army Reserve, I resumed study at the University of Wisconsin, earning additional degrees in History & History of Science, and Law.


     In addition to being trained in the administration of the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Test Battery, and completing the NHTSA Faculty Development Workshops at the National Judicial College, I have lectured regularly on aspects of handling DUI and other criminal traffic cases.


     I am admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in the State of Wisconsin, as well as the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.


     I am a volunteer task force leader for the Wisconsin Ride for Kids. The Ride for Kids is the primary fundraiser for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States, whose mission is to find the cause of and cure for childhood brain tumors. In 2008 I also rode in the American Legion Legacy Run, which raises public awareness and funds for the America Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
    25 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    25 years
  3. Litigation: 6%
    26 years
  4. Personal Injury: 5%
    25 years
  5. Other: 9%
  6. More 



Hourly ($165-190/hour), contingent (25-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Peter John Marek

    24 years of practicing criminal law is what we call experienced. His knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions here. His advanced studies and speaking engagements in the area of DUI defense are exceptional. Endorsements from many peer attorneys are also outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him. If you are luck he might just agree to represent you.


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  • John B. Elbert

    I endorse this lawyer.Michael is an excellent attorney who exhibits all the attributes of a fine advocate and is truly dedicated to his clients and the profession.


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Contact info

231 S Main St
P.O. Box 375
Jefferson, WI, 53549-0375


WIGood Standing199103/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyersMilwaukee Magazine2011
Super Lawyers-Top Attorneys in WisconsinMilwaukee Magazine2010
Super Lawyers-Top Attorneys in WisconsinMilwaukee Magazine2009
Martin Hanson Memorial PrizeWACDL2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPast President2011 - 2014
American Academy of Forensic SciencesProvisional Member2003 - Present
Jefferson County Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
ABATE of WisconsinMember1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1991 - Present
American Motorcyclist AssociationCharter Member1983 - Present
National Rifle AssociationBenefactor MemberN/A
American LegionPUFL MemberN/A
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard MemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2011-2012 Municipal Judge Trial SeminarSearch & Seizure from the Defense Perspective2012
Handling OWI Cases in WisconsinDiscovery2011
Annual Drunk Driving SeminarOn it's Last Breath: Fischer and the Constitutional Right to Present a Defense in Wisconsin2011
Annual Drunk Driving Defense SeminarCo-Presenter, The 911 Call; Winning the Stop Motion2010
Ethical Issues and the Defense of the IndigentProgram chair2009
Annual Drunk Driving Defense SeminarAdvanced Blood Testing Issues & Challenges2009
An Introduction to Traffic LawProgram chair2009
Annual Drunk Driving Defense SeminarCauses & Burdens in Death & Injury cases2008
Traffic Law ProgramCommercial Driver's Licenses & Commercial Motor Vehicles2007
Annual Drunk Driving Defense SeminarGoing Through the Motions2007