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Sydne French

Criminal defense Attorney at Brookfield, WI

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2006
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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  1. Criminal defense
    Award Winning Probation Violations and Revocation Specialists

    18 years

"I’ve been helping people beat their revocations, get ATRs, and go back home to their lives and their loved ones for nearly two decades now. It’s what I love to do and it’s what I do best! I am here to help, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. You can email me, call me, or we can meet by Zoom if you prefer—whatever works best for you!  Hope to hear from you soon!"

Sydne understands that to you, it’s about more than just losing your freedom; it’s about the fear of losing everything that matters to you—family, work, home, and future. With Sydne, you’re not just defended; you’re understood, supported, and given hope. It’s this personalized care and dedicated advocacy that sets her apart, making her the best choice to stand by your side and fight for what matters most.

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The Law Offices of Sydne French
200 S. Executive Drive
Suite 101
Brookfield, WI, 53005
The Law Offices of Sydne French
250 East Wisconsin Avenue
18th Floor
Milwaukee, WI, 53202
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I had the pleasure of working with Sydne on a recent case. She was extremely knowledgeable and insightful. She walked me through all potential options specific to my case and at the end the Judge ruled in our favor. This was not a common outcome for cases like mine. Sydne fought the good fight and through her knowledge and experience was able to get all desired charges dismissed.
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Posted by Gregory | November 17, 2017
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Represented me on a driving issue.
Hired Sydne for a past issue that came back to haunt me. During the consultation, she laid out the possible outcomes/ scenarios, after hearing my verbal explanation of what happened. She attended my court date/appearance and spoke on my behalf. Initially, she felt that she was not satisfied with what was offered and told me that she was going to try and get another court date, in order to work on them, on getting me a more satisfying deal. Before we made our appearance, she said she would go and talk to (whomever), one last time. She came back with a satisfied smile and said we got it. She told me what the outcome was and it was done. I didn't even need to go into the courtroom. I am very pleased with the outcome. She made it seem so simple; not much stress on my end. I would highly recommend Sydne. She was personable, knowledgeable and none threatening. Very satisfied!
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Posted by Kimberly | October 25, 2015
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Domestic and restraining orders
I first met Sydne as a defense for my son for a domestic and selling marajuana or distribution (felony) charge and then found myself hiring her for a domestic charge of my own... as well as a restraining order of which was dismissed. Sydne is the most responsive and results orientated attorney I've met. I've worked with her on 3 cases now and have found her to be professional with sound advice with great results. She is direct and supportive. It is difficult to find an attorney that will be honest and yet straight forward, passive is not what I want and she is not! She is direct, aggressive and does not stand down. She is a good listener and takes the time to understand what the concerns are and does not minimize your concerns as most do, she is genuine and works for your goals and outcomes while being honest a realist. Most attorneys minimize your concerns not knowing the details and may be surprised in court at your expense. Sydne listens and takes those into account so that no one is surprised as well as provides the excellent defense she promises with the best outcome. I most certainly recommend her without a doubt. she always returned phone calls, and called me or texted me unexpectedly when I was most worried to prepare me for the next day. I have since, hired her yet again or actually my son did for a flat fee (which is important as well) for a felony of distribution and I would expect a positive outcome. I would not recommend her or hire her for multiple issues if she was not the most trusted and result oriented out there.
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Posted by Jan Doose | October 11, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
jan doose
Sydne is the only person I call if i have a legal question, she's always prepared,she has my information when I need it most. She is likable and tells you what you need to do and not do in court. Everything is explained and I feel confident when I go in with her.
Posted by R.E. | April 6, 2013
Attorney with knowledge, ability, and compassion.
Sydne represented me for an OWI offense. I contacted and spoke to multiple attorneys, but was swayed by my impression of her as someone who was actively interested in helping me. I could not have been happier with my decision. Sydne was always available to answer every question I had throughout the entire process, but most importantly she worked not just for me, but with me. I feel like this was the difference between just being a client, and being her client. She took the time to determine what outcomes were most important to me, and how we could try to achieve them. My ultimate results were exactly what we were aiming for. I'm confident I would not have achieved these same outcomes had I chosen another attorney. Sydne is an outstanding attorney, and I can't recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | April 4, 2013
First OWI Offense
I was pulled over for an OWI about 6 months ago. Being my first offense and never being in trouble before, I was terrified. I found Sydne's web page and took a chance. I am so glad I did. My bac was over the limit to the point I was required to have the IID installed in my car. Before being pulled over I had just started a long process of oral surgeries that would take over a year to complete. My purpose for hiring Sydne was to see if she would be able to convince the judge/prosecutor to not require me to have the IID, (I just didn't know if I'd be able to correctly use it without disrupting my surgical site). Sydne gave me all the information I needed to get started on my responsibilities that go along with an OWI citation. Sydne gave me a name to contact for SR-22 insurance so I could get my occupational license. I also completed an assessment and group dynamics course before actually being convicted. I feel blessed to have found Sydne because she was able to help me and I ended up not being required to have the IID placed in my car. Sydne was very informative and made me feel at ease from the moment we first met. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who may find themselves in a similar situation as I.
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Posted by Aaron | April 4, 2013
Extremely capable and effective lawyer.
Attorney French was consistently professional, supportive, and effective in achieving a flawless outcome in my criminal case which lasted 39 months. Her professional candor and feedback were second to none, and she maintained a supportive and realistic outlook throughout the entire duration of the case. I, at no point in the case, felt her time and efforts were fatiguing in any way, even though the reality of the situation was that the frustrations were enormous. Attorney French maintained a can-do attitude the entire duration and kept me informed with any updates, both beneficial and detrimental, in the case. I felt, personally, that I had much more input in the organization, research, and direction of my case than I have seen in the past in others dealing with their lawyers and that I was treated more as a peer and confidant than a number or source of income. Overall, Attorney French was able to assist in my defense and achieve a verdict of "not guilty" on all three charges levied against me. This 100% outcome is, in my opinion, the epitome of what a defense attorney should be.
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Posted by Victoria | September 21, 2009
Sydne French
When I was in need of a lawyer, I came across Sydne's name and for some reason, I picked her to be my lawyer. I am a firm believer in that everything happens for a reason and Thank God Sydne was my lawyer. She never once judged me, showed me great compassion and gave me confidence. She did everything she could to get me the best outcome (which I did get). Syde and I remain friends to this day as I feel some sort of connection with her. I more than highly recommend her as a lawyer and if I needed one again (which I will not) I would pay to have her as my lawyer. Any firm would be lucky to have Sydne as one of there own and any client would benefit from having Sydne as their lawyer.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • The Law Offices of Sydne French
  • 2008 - Present
  • Criminal Trial Attorney
  • Robinson Law Firm
  • 2006 - 2008


  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • City of Neenah vs. TE
  • Found not guilty of OWI & PAC charges at trial.
  • State v. KT
  • All charges were dismissed.
  • State v. AP
  • Client was acquitted on all counts at trial


  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Wisconsin State Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Waukesha County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Best Milwaukee DUI Lawyers
  • Expertise
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Gordon D. Baldwin Award for Excellence in Criminal Law
  • The Hirschhorn Foundation
  • 2005


  • Berkeley Scientific Journal, 6, 43–49.
  • Psychopathic traits among preadolescent girls with ADHD
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • The Courage of Their Convictions: One Who Risks Makes A Difference
  • Wisconsin Innocence Project
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. French is dedicated to the vigorous defense of adults and juveniles facing criminal or drunk driving charges. She is a lawyer who never backs down from a fight. She is an attorney who is passionate about defending her clients and it shows. She has earned a well-deserved and solid reputation for successfully defending citizens against the power and resources of the State."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. French is easy to reach and easy to work with. She maintains good contact and has a great reputation with the clients."
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Brookfield Criminal defense Lawyer Sydne French
Sydne French
Criminal defense Attorney
Brookfield, WI
Licensed for 17 years
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