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Richard Coad focuses his practice on criminal defense, appeals, defending professionals in actions against their professional licenses, and personal injury litigation. He successfully represents clients in state court throughout Wisconsin, having appeared in more than twenty counties. He also has extensive federal court experience, regularly appearing in both the Eastern and Western District of Wisconsin courts. He has represented individuals in S.E.C. investigations, people who are targets or witnesses in federal grand jury investigations and Wisconsin John Doe proceedings. He also frequently represents university students in a variety of matters, including non-academic disciplinary proceedings.

In addition to his trial court work, Rick has expertise in appellate litigation. He has briefed and argued cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Notably, he argued Logan v. United States, his first case in the United States Supreme Court.

The quality and depth of Rick’s experience is exceptional. Prior to starting Coad Law Office in 2011, Rick started his career as an Associate Federal Defender in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, where he exclusively handled serious federal felony cases. He then worked at a highly regarded criminal and civil litigation firm in Madison for four years.

In recognition of the quality of his work, Rick has been named by other lawyers and judges as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in each of the last six years. That ranks him in the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in Wisconsin, and recognizes him as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin.



Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 24%
  2. Federal Crime: 24%
    11 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 24%
    11 years
  4. Appeals: 23%
    11 years
  5. Sex Crime: 5%



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Contact info

Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, S.C.

33 E. Main St.
Suite 300
Madison, WI, 53703


WIGood Standing200403/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarMadison Magazine2013
Super Lawyer Rising StarMilwaukee Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Super Lawyer Rising StarMilwaukee Magazine2011
Super Lawyers Rising StarMadison Magazine2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2008
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderWhyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.2015 - Present
AttorneyCoad Law Office, S.C.2011 - 2015
AttorneyHurley Burish & Stanton2007 - 2011
AttorneyFederal Defender Services of Wisconsin2004 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Dane County Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/A2004 - Present
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Logan v. United States, 552 U.S. 23 (2007)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Law JournalTaking it to the top2007
Wisconsin Law JournalLooking back at the ride2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Gettysburg CollegeN/AUndergraduate1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wisconsin State Public Defender ConferenceFirearms Litigation2011
Dane County Bar Association MeetingUnited States Supreme Court Update 20112011
Wisconsin State Public Defender ConferenceLitigating Firearms Cases2010
Dane County Bar AssociationSupreme Court Update2010
Dane County Bar AssociationSupreme Court Update2009
Wisconsin State Public Defender ConferenceLitigating Firearms Cases2008
Dane County Bar Association MeetingUnited States Supreme Court Update2008