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Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    43 years
  2. Litigation: 10%
    43 years



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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
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  • Charles K. Kenyon Jr.

    I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the most innovative and hard working lawyers in the state. He pushes the envelope in legal defense and shows all what can be done.


    Charles Kenyon Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

33 E Main St # 400
Po Box 1528
Madison, WI, 53701-1528


WIGood Standing197603/16/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197211/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who in American Law -Marquis2011
Award RecipientBest Lawyers in America2011
Award RecipientWisconsin Super Lawyers2011
Award RecipientWilliam Coffey Memorial Award2007
Outstanding Adjunct ProfessorWarren Stopler Award2004
Certificate of Appreciation for Dedicated Service to DHHSUnited States Department of Health & Human Services Office2003
Certificate of AppreciationMoney, Education, and Prisons1999
Leading Wisconsin AttorneyAmerican Research Corporation1999
Certificate of RecognitionAdministrative Office of the Illinois Courts1994
Primetime Emmy Awards HonorAcademy of Television Arts and Sciences1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Wisconsin Law School1989 - Present
ConsultantOffice of General Counsel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services2002 - 2003
Deputy DefenderFifth Judicial District of Illinois1974 - 1976
Assistant DefenderThird Judicial District of Illinois1972 - 1974
Association namePosition nameDuration
Madison OperaPresident2011 - Present
Wisconsin Innocence Project Advisory BoardMember2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc.Chairman2009 - Present
Madison OperaBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc.Board of Directors2005 - 2008
James E. Doyle American Inn of CourtMaster Bencher1992 - 1999
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors1991 - 1991
American College of Trial LawyersFellowN/A
Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Dane County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of WisconsinMemberN/A
Western District Bar Association of WisconsinFormer Chairman, Standing Committee on Criminal JusticeN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of Nursing Regulation, Volume 1, Issue 1Case Study: Medication Errors and Criminal Negligence: Lessons from Two Cases2010
Wisconsin DefenderCan Defense Counsel Ethically Breach a Plea Agreement?2005
Wisconsin DefenderSharp Practice: The Use of Section 908.01(4)(b) Admissions by Party Opponent to Hoist a Prosecutor by His Own Words, or the Lessons of State v. Cardenas-Hernandez1999
Wisconsin DefenderArguing the Admissibility of "Soft Science" Expert Testimony in Wisconsin1998
Wisconsin DefenderThe Attorney-Client Privilege: The Self Defense Exception to the Attorney-Client Privilege1997
Editorial Review Board: Pomeroy, Virginia, State Bar of Wisconsin, ATS-CLE DivisionDefense of Juvenile Cases in Wisconsin1993
Editorial Review Board: Devitt, Patrick J., State Bar of Wisconsin, ATS-CLE DivisionWisconsin Criminal Defense Manual1992
Wisconsin State Public Defender's OfficeWisconsin DefenderN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
U Of IllinoisN/Alaw1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ConferenceThe Craft of Criminal Defense - A Master Class2010
University of Wisconsin Law School CommencementCommencement Address2010
Sixth Annual Indigent Criminal Defense SeminarCriminal Defense2010
James E. Doyle Inn of Court Thomas E. Fairchild Inn of Court MeetingCriminal Defense2010
Death Investigation SchoolDefense Strategy2010
WACDL SeminarStrategies for Motions in Limine: Deciding When and How to Ask the Court for Pretrial Hearings and Rulings2009
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers SeminarK-9 Dogs and Drug Searches2009
National Business Institute SeminarPreventing Legal Malpractice in Everyday Practice2008
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers SeminarCrossintg Dogs: Drug Dogs, Cadaver Dogs2008
2006 Criminal Evidence WorkshopCriminal Defense2006
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolCommencement Address2005
PESI SeminarDefending a Child Pornography Case2005
PESI PresentationVignettes Demonstrating Evidentiary Problems2005
Criminal Evidence WorkshopEvidence2005
Annual Training ConferenceWhat the Judges are Learning About Evidence2005
State Bar of Wisconsin SeminarDoing Right by Your Client Accused of Doing Wrong2004
Truth-In-Sentencing SeminarTruth-In-Sentencing2003
State Bar of Wisconsin SeminarExploring, Exposing, & Exploiting the Evidence to Exonerate2003
State Bar of Wisconsin SeminarMadness and Mayhem: Crimes of Passion, Addiction and Greed2002
Wisconsin Public Defender SeminarEffective Sentencing Argument in the TIS Era2001
Wisconsin Department of Corrections SeminarCriminal Sentencing2001
WACDL SeminarEthical and Practical Considerations in Drafting Non-Refundable Fee Agreements2001
Midwest Law Enforcement Officers' Association SeminarCross Examination, Impeachment & Rehab of Witness2001
Criminal Practitioner's SeminarCriminal Defense2001
13th Annual Environmental Law UpdateResponding to Potential Criminal Investigations and Complaints2001
Wisconsin Public Defender Truth-in-Sentencing TrainingTraining for Effective Advocacy2000
Wisconsin Public Defender ConferenceTruth-in-Sentencing1999
Truth-in-Sentencing SeminarTruth-in-Sentencing1999
Trial Skills AcademyTrial Skills1999