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Christopher D. Donovan

Criminal defense Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

4.9   15 reviews

also known as Chris Donovan

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2005
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I've successfully handled state cases of every type, including trial court acquittals, appellate wins, and avoiding revocation of probation and extended supervision.

    18 years, 500 cases

  2. Federal crime
    I've gotten great results for clients for many federal crimes, both in trial court and appellate court (7th Circuit). Cases have included complex drug conspiracies, tax fraud, interstate theft, bank robbery, bank fraud, felon in possession of a firearm, illegal reentry, counterfeiting, welfare fraud, and revocation of supervised release.

    17 years, 150 cases

  3. Appeals
    I have successfully handled many post-conviction motions and appeals in both state and federal courts.

    17 years, 100 cases

From the trial court to the United States Supreme Court, I have helped clients obtain great results.  I have won cases on motions, at trial, on appeal, and gotten good plea offers in serious cases.  I am passionate about defending individual rights.  Call today to let me help you or a loved one in trouble.  


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Pruhs & Donovan, S.C.


4.9 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by ron | June 21, 2013
Chris is one of the best lawyers you could possibly hire
Chris was recommended to me by the lawyer my wife retained, and he told us by hiring chris we were basically assembling a dream team to combat the states criminal charges against us. The states case was built upon a illegal garbage search, and between Chris and my wife's attorney built a case to suppress the search and did they hit a grand slam with it. The state would not reveal who the garbage men were along with the suppression, they did not want the courts to make a ruling on our case, so they called and offered to dismiss the charges, We were not happy with this offer, because at any time the state could refile the charges, and basically run us out money to defend our self's, so I called Chris and explained our dilemma with him and he said he would talk with my wife's lawyer and within 24 hours called me back to say that the state had put it's tail between it's legs, and now were offering to dismiss with prejudice( which meant they could never come back at us on these charges. I highly recommend chris and if faced with criminal charges again, I would not hesitate to call him, He answered emails quickly and returned calls promptly and let no rock unturned in my pursuit to have these charges dismissed or if I had gone to trial to have a not guilty verdict entered on my behalf. Another added bonus was that Chris took my case on a flat rate instead of an hourly rate which I thought was awesome, without the worry of the meter is running. So I say to you Chris, many many thanks and will recommend anyone I know needing a awesome lawyer to defend themselves against criminal charges
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Posted by Kenn | October 3, 2013
Best. Lawyer. Ever.
If you're facing federal charges, in my opinion, you could not do better than Chris Donovan. He was helpful and kept me informed all through my case and afterward through my petition for early release. I honestly can't say enough. If you need an attorney, Call Pruhs and Donovan and hire Chris.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire him
I hired Chris for post conviction work. He is easy to get a hold of and the quality of his work is impressive. Chris also assisted in various other issues I faced.
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very nice
Thank you for the advice. You were very nice person, Chris and I appreciate that you took the time to hear my case. I will continue and do as you suggested. Thank you and Happy Holidays.
Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Lawyer
Chris is the attorney you want if facing any criminal charges. He is knowledgeable, kind, organized, and confident. He always made me feel like I was most important. When it came time to court I felt comfort knowing he was behind me. I was facing some jail time. My outcome was home confident and probation. I can't thank him enough for all his hard work he did for me. Chris you are amazing!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2018
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The BEST Lawyer I've ever hired.
I hired Chris in 2016, and before I hired him I had little to no chance of winning my case. I had just turned 18 years old, and made some serious mistakes when I was 16-17. He was knowledgeable, kind, understanding, and charged me a VERY LOW fee for handling my case. Within a month or two of hiring Chris I was on the road to righting my wrongs, instead of jail time. Thanks to Chris I have since been able to get my dream job which needless to say would not have been the case had I been convicted. Do yourself a favor and hire Chris he is BY FAR the best Lawyer I have ever hired!
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Hire Him!
I consulted Attorney Donovan recently via phone briefly and then in person. This was one of my first experiences working with an attorney. Attorney Donovan was exceedingly knowledgeable, what he advised made perfect sense, and he was careful to go through each step with me, making sure to address any questions I had. He had done research on my issue and provided honest, straight-forward counsel in a personable manner. He was down-to-earth, professional but friendly, and did not sugar-coat things. I absolutely felt he was working in my best interest. I also found him non-judgmental, which was exceedingly important to me. I would absolutely recommend him, hands-down!
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Posted by Andrew | April 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond...treats you like a personal friend and not just a client paying him
I just went through one of the hardest things in my life! And without Chris being there for me and in my corner I don't know that I would of made it....seriously! The guy is terrific and made me feel better and talk me through each step of each phase and how we would handle it....and he did! This is someone that will GO that extra mile for you and treat you as a PERSON and be considerate of you as a person not just a paying client....there is no substitutes to this guy being in your corner! Thanks chris!
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Posted by Joshua | October 28, 2015
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Amazing Lawyer!
I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer in choosing Christopher Donovan from Pruhs and Donovan Law. He gave me confidence and tranquility throughout my little scuffle with the law. Always cared, always available whether it be through email, phone or meeting. Was very thorough with everything and always seemed to have one if not two backup plans for whatever came our way. The outcome couldn't have been better. Could not have picked a better lawyer and would recommend him to anyone who is in any sort of trouble with the law. Won't hesitate to hire again.
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Posted by Adoni | October 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Christopher Donovan
I retained Christopher Donovan after property of mine was siezed by the federal government. He made me feel confident that he could have these items returned and overall the situation couldn't have worked out better. Chris is honest and professional, and I can't thank him enough for getting my property back.
Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2015
Chris Donovan changed my life.
Chris helped me through the hardest thing I've ever gone through, and did so with confidence and great advice. He was my lawyer and a friend. I could trust him, and trust that his advice was my best course of action. He was determined to get me the best result possible, and I honestly feel like with any other lawyer I would not have had this positive of an outcome. If you need a lawyer you can trust, who will deliver quality advice and results, look no further.
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Posted by Shawn | February 22, 2015
I don't believe that there is a word that would describe Mr Donovan. What Chris done for my family and I was beyond belief, a miracle if you will, chris has something special inside of him that puts him apart from all the others, his dedication, passion, & compassion that Chris has for his clients are unbelievable so with that being said not only would I refer Chris to everyone but I highly encourage and recommend him and his abundant of blessings that he will bestow upon you.
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Posted by Debra | February 23, 2014
Chris Donovan handled our case with utmost professionalism and genuine concern for us, as his clients. The outcome of the case was extremely favorable, in spite of dismal odds. We highly recommend him and consider him to be a shining star within the legal profession.
Posted by Michael | May 6, 2013
Outstanding Lawyer
It is a privilege to be able to add comment to such an outstanding lawyer. I hired Chris when I was going through some unfair justice in the court system and he was there for me and my case every step of the way. Let’s face it, the law is a complicated and an ever changing field and you need someone who stays on top of their game if you’re going to have any chance of success in your case. Chris Donovan looked at every angle when it came to my defense and cut absolutely NO corners when writing up the briefs. Before I hired Chris, I paid for a well-known, multi-year running, “Super Lawyer;” who in the end failed me. I lost. But knowing my basic civil rights, I went forward and was recommended to Chris Donovan. If you’re looking for an honest, ethical, trustworthy lawyer; I would highly encourage Chris Donovan as your attorney!
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Posted by S.Williams | December 5, 2010
Christopher D. Donovan
Hi, my name is S. Williams and i just want to say that mr. donovan is a fantastic attorney... He is really respectful and trust worthy... and i do believe that one day he will be in a much better position in the future... I will recomend anyone to go to this person because he is reliable, and he is there to help, unlike alot of people.... i just want to say thank you for your help Mr. donovan, because i truly did need it... and i probally would have been locked up today if it wasnt for you.... thank you sir...
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pruhs & Donovan, S.C.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Pruhs Law Office, S.C.
  • 2005 - 2012


  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Wisconsin, Platteville
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Probation on Serious Gun Charge
  • Probation and expungement
  • Serious Federal Charge Reduction
  • Time served
  • Concurrent time for felon in possession
  • Concurrent sentence
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  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Secretary
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Criminal Committee, Co-Chair
  • 2010 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015


  • Seventh Circuit Criminal Case Summaries
  • Blogger
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Meeting
  • The 4th Amendment and 21st Century Technology: Emerging Issues
  • 2014
  • Defending State and Federal Drug Cases
  • Federal Revocation Proceedings
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (15)
Endorse Christopher
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris Donovan combines superior knowledge of the law with great courtroom skills to get results for his clients. He is an excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked with Attorney Donovan for about a year and a half during law school. Chris is dedicated to his clients and works diligently to get results. Therefore, I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have seen Chris in action in federal court. If you are facing serious criminal charges, you cannot go wrong by having him defend you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an exceptional attorney. I have seen him in both state and federal court, and he is well-prepared at all times. He is a diligent worker and cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is an, intelligent, thoughtful and hardworking attorney who takes the time to get the job done right."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have known Chris for several years now and I have always been impressed with him. As a former prosecutor in Milwaukee, I saw Chris' hard work and dedication consistently achieve great results for his clients. He is always well prepared and fights hard for his clients. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone charged with a crime in state or federal court."
Federal crime Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an authority on federal criminal appeals. I often reach out to him to discuss my appellate cases. If you need help with a federal matter, you need someone like Chris on your side."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Donovan is an outstanding advocate for his client's rights. His thorough knowledge of the law is the perfect compliment to his tireless commitment to stellar representation purposed on obtaining the best possible results for his clients. I routinely turn to Attorney Donovan for his thoughts and advice, and I unquestionably endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a lawyer who enjoys the minutiae of the legal process. He is very detail oriented and extremely knowledgeable regarding the intricate nature of the law."
Federal crime Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is one of the finest young lawyers out there. He has been actively taking federal cases for more than two years and has developed a reputation as one of the most thorough, prepared lawyers in court. "
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