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.
Licensed since 2004
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There is a reason why Rick has been selected as a Super Lawyer year after year. He is one of the more thorough and hard working attorneys I know. Rick has experience litigating cases all over Wisconsin, and has argued in front of the United States Supreme Court. I endorse him, because he's an aggressive lawyer who has compassion - those traits aren't often seen together.
Anthony Cotton Criminal Defense Attorney
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Rising Star||Madison Magazine||2013|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||Milwaukee Magazine||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||Milwaukee Magazine||2011|
|Super Lawyers Rising Star||Madison Magazine||2011|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Rising Star||Wisconsin Super Lawyers||2010|
|Rising Star||Wisconsin Super Lawyers||2009|
|Rising Star||Wisconsin Super Lawyers||2008|
|Rising Star||Wisconsin Super Lawyers||2007|
|Shareholder||Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.||2015 - Present|
|Attorney||Coad Law Office, S.C.||2011 - 2015|
|Attorney||Hurley Burish & Stanton||2007 - 2011|
|Attorney||Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin||2004 - 2007|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Dane County Bar Association||N/A||2005 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||N/A||2004 - Present|
|Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||2004 - Present|
|William Mitchell College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference||Firearms Litigation||2011|
|Dane County Bar Association Meeting||United States Supreme Court Update 2011||2011|
|Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference||Litigating Firearms Cases||2010|
|Dane County Bar Association||Supreme Court Update||2010|
|Dane County Bar Association||Supreme Court Update||2009|
|Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference||Litigating Firearms Cases||2008|
|Dane County Bar Association Meeting||United States Supreme Court Update||2008|