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Craig A. Mastantuono

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Craig Mastantuono is the managing partner of Mastantuono & Coffee S.C., a Wisconsin criminal defense full-service law firm.  He uses a strategic and imaginative approach to defending people and achieving positive outcomes for his clients, and is well recognized and respected in Wisconsin as an aggressive trial lawyer and effective negotiator. He practices law statewide, representing people accused of crime in criminal cases and investigations, in addition to crisis management and white-collar compliance. He has been included in the criminal defense attorney category in the Wisconsin Super LawyersPublication every year from 2005 through 2013, including the Top 50 in Wisconsin and Top 25 in Milwaukee lists in 2013, and was previously named in Milwaukee Magazine’s Top Lawyers cover story in 2003. Before entering private practice, he specialized in defending drug prosecutions for the Waukesha County Trial Division of the State Public Defender. In addition to his extensive trial work in State and Federal Courts, Attorney Mastantuono has appeared before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, and the Federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Outside the courtroom, Attorney Mastantuono has received recognition from the Milwaukee Business Journal, which profiled him as a dynamic young business leader in its 2005 40 Under Forty edition. He is a frequent expert legal commentator for TV Ch. 12 WISN/ABC News Milwaukee, and an often-quoted source and contributor to the Wisconsin Law Journal. He is also an appointed Milwaukee County Circuit Court Commissioner for Branch 18, and a Mayoral appointee to the Milwaukee Harbor Commission. Attorney Mastantuono received his law degree from DePaul University of Chicago, and his undergraduate degree in business administration cum laude from Loyola University of Chicago.

Every day, Mastantuono & Coffee law firm takes inquires from people who never thought that they would have to consult with a criminal justice attorney. But who among us doesn’t know someone who’s been in trouble, made a mistake, or needed help? Parents, siblings, employers, and friends call Mastantuono & Coffee to help someone they know through a crisis situation. During those difficult and unsteady moments, clients and their families rely upon our experience and expertise at dealing with this unfamiliar and frightening situation. Call on us. We’ll be there when you – or someone you know – needs help.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. Federal Crime: 20%
  3. White Collar Crime: 20%
  4. DUI & DWI: 20%



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christopher D. Donovan

    Craig is a very intelligent, tenacious and passionate lawyer. I would not hesitate to recommend him.


    Christopher Donovan Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Terese J. Singer

    Craig is a superb attorney who is always a tireless advocate for every single one of his clients. He has a tremendous amount of experience in both federal and state courts and I would never hesitate to send any client in Craig's direction. I would know that he or she would be in excellent hands.


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Contact info

Mastantuono & Coffee S.C.

219 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 5B
Milwaukee, WI, 53202

Mastantuono & Coffee SC

741 North Grand Ave., Suite. 209
Waukesha, WI, 53186



WIGood Standing199203/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 50 Attorneys in Wisconsin - all practice areasWisconsin Super Lawyers2015
Top 25 Attornies in Milwaukee - all practice areasWisconsin Super Lawyers2015
Super Lawyer Criminal DefenseWisconsin Super Lawyers2015
Top 50 Attorneys in Wisconsin - all practice areasWisconsin Super Lawyers2014
Top 25 Attorneys in Milwaukee - all practice areasWisconsin Super Lawyers2014
Super Lawyer Criminal DefenseWisconsin Super Lawyers2014
Milwaukee Top 25 Attorneys - all practice areasWisconsin Super Lawyers2013
Wisconsin Top 50 Attorneys - all practice areasWisconsin Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2012
Best of Readers Poll - criminal lawyerMilwaukee Shepard Express2012
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2009
Leader in the LawWisconsin Law Journal2008
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2006
Forty Under 40Milwaukee Business Journal2005
Super LawyerWisconsin Super Lawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor of LawMarquette Law School2014 - Present
Managing PartnerMastantuono & Coffee S.C.1999 - Present
Assistant State Public DefenderWisconsin State Public Defender's Office1992 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Waukesha County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1999 - Present
State Bar of Wisconsin, Criminal Law SectionMember1999 - Present
Justinian Lawyers/National Italian-American Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers AssociationPresident1992 - Present
State Bar of Wisconsin, Bench and Bar CommitteeChairperson2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver, Bail Jumping Oct. 2013Not Guilty Jury Verdict
Armed Robbery – Use of Force Aug. 2013Dismissal
Waukesha County - Recklessly Endangering Safety Nov. 2013NGI - Not Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Lawyer magazineSOS: Defendant's Right to Counsel2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Loyola University Chicago School of LawBusiness AdministrationOther - Bachelors1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Wisconsin State Public Defender ConferenceMotion Practice: Pitching Your Case From Start to Finish2013
WI State Bar CLE WebinarAlternative Dispute Resolution in Criminal Cases2013
NRA Institute for Legislative Action Firearms SymposiumGun Law & The Second Amendment: A View from the Street2013
NACDL Quarterly Mtg. & Seminar, Savannah, GAMy Case Stinks, Or Does It? Other Act Evidence in Sexual Assualt Trials2013
WI Public Defender Annual ConferenceCastle Doctrine & Self-Defense2012