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Dennis Michael Melowski

DUI and DWI Attorney at Sheboygan, WI

5.0   128 reviews

also known as Dennis M. Melowski

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  • Licensed for 31 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Dennis

Learn Dennis’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. DUI and DWI
    100%
    Statewide practice exclusively limited to aggressive DUI defense. Unmatched record of success.

    31 years

VOTED BY HIS PEERS AS WISCONSIN'S TOP DUI DEFENSE LAWYER EVERY YEAR SINCE 2005.

When not practicing law, Dennis enjoys spending time with his wife Maggie and their two children, Molly and Luke. An accomplished endurance athlete, Dennis is a four-time USA Triathlon All-American and a six-time qualifier for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, with a personal best time of 9:46:57.

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010
Client's Choice
2023 2021 2020 + 10 ...

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Location

Melowski & Associates, LLC.
524 South Pier Drive
Sheboygan, WI, 53081

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impressed
Mr. Melowski is the likely the best attorney in WI for OWI cases. He fights every single fact in the case with everything from numerous motions filled showing precedents from many WI and federal cases to nuanced and thorough questioning of all parties involved. However, the outcome of my case was not solely based on his direct success with these avenues, but also through showing the district attorney that he is not a typical lawyer and unless the district attorney prioritizes fighting my case over all the other ones he had, he would not have the time, resources, and esoteric knowledge to continue fighting Mr. Melowski in court. When this was evident, I was offered a highly favorable, career-saving settlement, which I took.
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Posted by Alena | June 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Hire him!!!
After getting stopped for driving under the speed limit, I was arrested and charged for my third DUI. Facing a very serious consequences, I knew I needed to hire the best lawyer I could fine. I found Dennis online after reading several reviews and decided to meet with him. After discussing my case with Dennis in person I was confident that I was in good hands and he would do everything he could to help me get my case dismissed. Dennis was honest with me from the get go and never gave me false hope. After six long grueling and stressful months I could not have asked for a better outcome. Even while my case was pending Dennis was able to save me from losing my license. Dennis was able to get my case completely dismissed in court. His cross-examination of the arresting officer that night was extremely impressive. He made the officer look completely incompetent. With his closing argument Dennis was able to convince the judge that I should have never been pulled over in the first place. The judge had no choice but to agree and completely dismissed my case. I was completely shocked at the verdict. I had hopes that Dennis win my case, but realistically I didn’t Think it was possible. If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate situation that you need to hire a lawyer, Dennis is the man for the job. I honestly do not think you will find a better lawyer in Wisconsin. I cannot thank Dennis enough for how he helped me and I will be forever grateful to him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Best there is
Dennis was amazing throughout the whole process of my trial which dragged on for over 3 years. He was extremely thorough, well-prepared, and best of all got me exactly what I wanted as a final outcome. I highly recommend hiring him
Posted by Jesse | December 21, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
He is the best lawyer.
He got me out of the trouble I was in. Him and his team did there job very well. Would 110% recommend him.
Posted by Scott | November 30, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Meticulous!
For a defense attorney you need someone meticulous and confident and Dennis is just that. Dennis filed several motions on my behalf and was relentless. I was very pleased with the outcome of my case and I would highly recommend Dennis to anyone who needs to win!
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
A calming representative for an extremly stressful situation
Dennis represented my case in Racine County. He was very professional, and straight forward with me throughout the long ordeal. We recieved the best possible resolution and I was very grateful. Strongly recommend this personal, sucsessful, impressive careing lawyer.
Posted by Joshua | April 7, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best!
In 2018 I was confronted by an officer because I was sleeping in a vehicle off of the road well into the shoulder away from any traffic. I was charged with a fourth offense owi. Over the span of four years and three days Mr Melowski fought for me. Dennis is absolutely awesome and amazing in the courtroom! His professionalism and knowledge of the law was inspiring and humbling. He won my case in an eleven hour jury trial. Dennis Melowski gave me my chance to live again by the grace of God.
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2023
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Highly recommend!!
I would like to thank Mr. Melowski on behalf of saving my case. I recommend this attorney in the WI area for your needs. Great lawyer!!
Posted by Matt B | October 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
DUI in Rock County
I hired Dennis to represent my wife who has a professional licensure as well , and could not afford to her lose both her professional license , and drivers license as well , and Dennis by far is the best DUI lawyer in the state of Wisconsin . Do not play games and waste money with other attorney's, hire Dennis if you want a favorable outcome, also he helps construct the law's in the state of Wisconsin , so glad i hired him . My wife has been give another chance, and i thank Dennis for that second chance for us both .
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Posted by Meri K | September 7, 2022
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Assertive and Accurate
Attorney Dennis Melowski allowed me to have a fresh start by winning my case. He took the time to explain things as they happened and even educate me so I didn't feel lost by a system I am normally not a part of. He was assertive when he needed to be and even patient when the case got me down. Courteous and Professional, and I highly recommend him if you ever need someone on your side!
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2022
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Highly satisfied/ recommend
After searching around and looking for the best attorney possible I was finally referred to Dennis. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to Dennis and his team. I was stopped on New Year’s Day and facing an Owi 1st offense with a PAC over .20, everything seemed hopeless and having a CDL I was looking at loosing my job as well. I had read the reviews on Dennis and his team and after having done that I regained some hope. Dennis examined every piece of evidence in my case and after finding many flaws in the evidence and presenting this to the prosecutor we were able reach a plea deal and the results left myself and my family ecstatic. Not only am I able to keep my license and CDL but also my job. Dennis has a passion for what he does and he is simply the best at it.
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Posted by Shane | March 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Cant even put into words how amazing Dennis Melowski is, he will leave you speechless.
Dennis was worth every single penny I paid him, I was being charged with my 2nd OWI in September of 2017. I knew I needed the best of the best. I began to ask around and was told by a police officer in Dodge County that he had seen Dennis in action in court and he is the best of the best for OWI cases. I looked him up and his reviews say it all. You wouldn't be disappointed if you hire him. He is worth ever penny. Normally you would loose your drives license until you are found guilty or not guilty. Dennis was able to file a motion for me to keep my drivers license the entire 4 1/2 years until March 9th 2022 when I was found not guilty of all charges by a 12 man/women jury. 4 1/2 years this drug out in court, one mistrial and final result not guilty. I cant even put into words watching Dennis question and cross examine witnesses on the stand. He will leave you speechless. This man knows the law inside and out and mostly from memory. I know I have said this already but he is your man if you want the best of the best. I cant thank him enough for what he did for me.
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
I hired Dennis to handle my first ever own case. He is well worth every penny. He worked and responded to my case in a very timely fashion. My case settle before trial. With the info he put together and working with one of the toughest counties in the state of wisconsin for owi he got the prosecuting lawyer to reduce my charge to reckless driving. I would recommend him to anyone! Thanks again!
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Posted by Phil | December 1, 2021
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Extremely satisfied
I hired Mr Melowski based on a referral from an acquaintance. His services are worth the price we paid. He was patient and knowledgable. Mr Melowski explained the process and was up front about all possible outcomes. The process took approximately 2 years to finalize. I had the best outcome given the situation. Mr Melowski and his staff offered timely, helpful responses and assistance during and after process.
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Posted by Tom | September 29, 2021
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By far the BEST OWI attorney you can hire.
I hired Dennis Melowski to represent me in my OWI case, yes it was expensive but he is well worth the money. This was my 1st OWI and on our first conversation he said don't be surprised if this takes over a year before we reach an outcome. Mr. Melowski is highly skilled and impressive at what he does with all of the initial negotiation and motions filed. We ultimately still ended up going to trail. I was impressed by his efforts prior to the trial, but that doesn't compare to him in the court room. To watch him command the room in front of a Judge, District Attorney, and Jury is AMAZING! After 14 months of negotiations, motions filed, and ending in a jury trial (that took 8 hours!)....It all ended in NOT GUILTY of the OWI charges! Thank you Mr. Melowski for your representation and being the best OWI attorney in the state. I hope to never be in the position that I need to hire you again. Very rarely do I give referrals but I would confidently refer you to any of my friends or family, knowing that they are hiring the best to be by their side.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2021
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Extremely Professional and Proficient
From our first meeting to the dropping of all charges 2 years later, Dennis was accessible and comforting with his knowledge. I can't imagine better representation and highly recommend.
Posted by James | July 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worth every penny!!!!!
Mr. Melowski is without a doubt the most qualified attorney an individual could hire to give a person the best chance in fighting an OWI. I recently hired Mr. Melowski to defend me for my unfortunate lapse in judgement. He was timely in his communications, presented all aspects of the situation in a clear manner and prepared me for what I could be facing or how the case could be resolved. After being charged with an OWI I was scared, humbled and not knowing what to do. I was referred to Mr. Melowski from another attorney and I can say it was definitely worth it. He walked me through the process and what I will need to do for my case. I can't thank him enough for the outcome that I received. He was able to have the charge dismissed. I was prepared for the worst case scenario and to have the charges dismissed was absolutely unbelievable. I would recommend Mr. Melowski to anyone facing a OWI.
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Posted by Mike | November 13, 2020
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OWI Representation
I interviewed several attorneys re: an OWI arrest and subsequent representation late last year. After speaking to Dennis I knew I would have him represent me; while a bit more expensive than his peers, I believe the additional fees were well worth it. Dennis was professional, punctual, informative and available all the way through the process. His understanding of the laws and how they applied to my case were spot on. We received a very favorable outcome in my case. Win, lose or draw I would still give Dennis very high marks. Anyone looking for representation should look no further! Thank you again to Dennis and his assistant Rachel...
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2020
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The Absolute Best
Hiring Mr. Melowski was one of the best decisions I remember making in recent memory. Not only was he able to mediate an unbelievably favorable result in my case, but his demeanor and professionalism put me at ease throughout the entire process. His communication both through email and in person was efficient and helped me to better understand the position I was in. Overall, I could not recommend Mr. Melowski enough.
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2020
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Best lawyer in Wisconsin
After hitting some black ice and wrecking my truck I was stopped by a local police officer. Having passed my field sobriety test the officer became rude and unprofessional. He then insisted on a breathylizer in which I refused and then was placed under arrest. Having a CDL and driving for my job I could not let this accident with my personal truck go. I looked all around and finally seen how great Dennis was at his job. The dedication he showed my case proved to me it was money well spent. I was able to keep my liscense and after 2 long years (due to the D.A.) my case was dismissed. I never even had to miss work for court. I believe solely that the motions he filed and professionalism he had shown made the local D.A. realize it was going to be a troublesome issue and they decided to drop my case. I've kept my job and my family has not suffered at all due to his perseverance. This man will fight for you.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Melowski & Cohen, S.C.
  • 1995 - 2009

Education

  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Denver
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990
  • University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy
  • High School Diploma
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Alexander, 214 Wis. 2d 628, 571 N.W. 2d 662 (1997)
  • State v. Busch, 217 Wis. 2d 429, 576 N.W. 2d 904 (1998)
  • State v. Kiernan, 227 Wis. 2d 736, 596 N.W. 2d 760 (1999)

Associations

  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Drunk Driving Roundtable
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Wisconsin Legislative Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Leader in Trial Law
  • Newsweek Magazine
  • 2012
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer (For a Record-Tying 8th Time)
  • Milwaukee Magazine/Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics/Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2011
  • 8 Leaders in Criminal Defense
  • Newsweek Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2010
  • SuperLawyer
  • Law & Politics/Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2010
  • SuperLawyer
  • Law & Politics/Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2009
  • Best in Business-Milwaukee
  • Forbes Magazine
  • 2008
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics/Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)
  • 2007
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer
  • Law and Politics/Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2007
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics/Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2006
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics/Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2005
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Publications

  • Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)
  • Witness Preparation and Examination for DUI Proceedings
  • 2013
  • Wisconsin Traffic Law and Practice Manual
  • Co-Author of Multiple Chapters
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2009
  • Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2008
  • Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2007
  • Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2007
  • Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2006
  • National CLE Conference
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2005
  • National CLE Conference
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2004
  • National CLE Conference
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2003
  • National CLE Conference
  • Drunk Driving Defense
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (10)
Endorse Dennis
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dennis gets results where other lawyers can't. He understands the nuances of OWI law better than most. His command of a courtroom is unmatched and his pretrial negotiations are incredibly successful. He is a highly effective advocate."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Smart, learned, respected; a great advocate."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. No one matches Dennis Melowski's command of a courtroom. Peerless."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dennis is the best Dui trial attorney that I know."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of those the rest of us seek to emulate. We learn from him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an incredibly talented trial lawyer, perhaps the best I have ever seen."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Melowski is an intelligent, professional attorney willing to go the extra distance for his clients. He is aggressive and dedicated. Even though he is a competitor of mine, I fully endorse him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dennis is recognized as a top Wisconsin DUI defense attorney in our nationwide community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Melowski's reputation as an excellent attorney is well know, even way out here on the West Coast."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply put, Dennis Melowski is the best drunk driving defense lawyer in the State of Wisconsin. I worked with him for over 10 years and I can honestly say that if someone in my family was charged with OWI, I would want Dennis on the case. He is dedicated, trustworthy and diligent. Dennis has won more jury trials that any lawyer I know in my 15+ years of practice - he even wins on tough facts that other lawyers would shy away from. Unsurpassed in the field of drunk driving defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Dennis is highly respected by fellow attorneys as a successful DUI/DWI attorney. If arrested for DUI/DWI, call him first!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Even though Dennis Melowski is a competitor of mine, I have the greatest respect for him. Dennis Melowski is an extraordinary lawyer, who has gained a national reputation for excellence. I would not hesitate to entrust a family member or close friend to his care."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Dennis is an outstanding trial Lawyer. He has a knack for winning difficult cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Dennis' work in the DUI field. He knows the stuff inside and out."
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Sheboygan DUI and DWI Lawyer Dennis Michael Melowski
Dennis Michael Melowski
DUI and DWI Attorney
Sheboygan, WI
Licensed for 31 years
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