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After graduating from Catholic Memorial High School I attended college at UW-Whitewater. After two years I transfered to UW-Madison, where I obtained my degree in political science. Immediatley after graduating from Madison I was accepted to law school at Marquette where I graduated in 2005.


In law school I was the president of the International Law Society and was heavily involved in election protection work. In the summer of 2004 I accepted a job in Eritrea, East Africa. I worked for the Eritrean government and assisted in the investigation of human rights abuses. The majority of the time, I interviewed villagers about losses they had suffered during the invasion. I prepared financial claims for Eritreans and helped them seek compensation.


After law school I began my career as a criminal defense lawyer. I am a partner at Kuchler & Cotton Law Offices in Waukesha, Wisconsin. My practice is almost entirely devoted to the represenation of people accused of crimes. I consider myself a trial lawyer and have tried cases in both state and federal court. I believe strongly in listening carefully to my clients so that  I can present their story in the most effective way. I learned how to practice law from two people - my mother and stepfather. They are the two finest attorneys I've ever known. They care about their clients on a truly personal level and they are committed to fighting for the underdog.


I work long hours, but enjoy what I do. Every client has my cell phone number, and they can call me at any time, if needed. The size of our firm has grown over ten years, which is a direct reflection of the quality of our work. We handle every type of criminal case there is, and our results have been exceptional because of how much time we spend working on our files. With five attorneys in the firm, every case is dissected among the group and we make sure our clients are immediately apprised of the strategy.


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Contact info


1535 E Racine Ave
Waukesha, WI, 53186-6826

Po Box 527
Waukesha, WI, 53187-0527


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    11 years
  2. Federal Crime: 25%
    11 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    11 years



Hourly ($350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ronald E. English III

    Mr. Cotton proved an admirable and persuasive litigator. He exhibited an ability to connect with the jury and advance his client's position. In my dealings with him, he has always been of the highest integrity and reasonableness


    Ronald English Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Thomas P. Alberti

    I had the privilege of working with Atty. Cotton on a high-profile criminal defense case. The entire case was scrutinized by the media, and the pressure was high. Atty. Cotton was always composed, confident, competent and professional. His mastery of the law is second to none, and his courtroom performance is phenomenal. What an inspiration! You can't go wrong with Atty. Cotton at your side. If I am ever in trouble with the law, he is the first person that I will call.


    Thomas Alberti Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


WIGood Standing200503/26/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Leading LawyersM Magazine2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Leading LawyersM Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Super Lawyers - Rising StarSuper Lawyers2009
Super Lawyers - Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Best Brief AppellantPace University Law School2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyKuchler & Cotton Law Offices2005 - Present
Human Rights Abuse InvestigationEritrean/Ethiopian Claims Commission2005 - 2005
Law ClerkFederal Defender's Service2004 - 2004
Law ClerkNorthwestern Mutual Financial Network2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Juvenile 180 DiversionPresident2008 - Present
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2007 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinN/A2005 - Present
Waukesha Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2008 - 2011
EnlightBoard of Directors2005 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Billy BrooksNot Guilty
Eunique MorganNot Guilty
Chit TheinAmended to Disorderly Conduct
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBlack Friday2008
Pace University Law ReviewAppellant's Brief2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Waukesha Public Defender's Spring ConferenceProbation Revocations from A-Z2006