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Craig S. Powell has spent his career fighting to uphold the rights of the accused.

Craig S. Powell joined the firm, then known as Kohler & Hart, SC, as an Associate in 2005 following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has been a partner at the firm since 2011.

Craig’s practice is primarily devoted to criminal trial and appellate work in state and federal courts. Craig is a skilled trial litigator, and has used his legal research, writing, and courtroom skills to win not guilty verdicts and pre-trial dismissals in a wide variety of cases, including prosecutions for homicide, sexual assault, drugs and OWI. In addition, Craig has secured countless beneficial results for clients through favorable pre-trial diversions, plea bargains and contested sentencing hearings.

Craig also leads the firm’s appellate and postconviction practice and has argued frequently before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Craig’s first appellate victory came in a case he began handling as a law student in which he successfully argued to the Court of Appeals that his client’s conviction should be reversed because the client’s confession had not been sufficiently corroborated. Craig has continued to obtain substantial victories for his appellate clients at Kohler & Hart, SC, winning new trials for defendants sentenced to decades in prison after convictions for sexual assault of a child and first degree reckless injury; reversals of felony OWI and drug convictions; substantial sentence modifications; and the preservation of a defendant’s right to access a witness’s privileged records in order to present a defense.

In addition to his criminal law practice, Craig assists in the firm’s civil litigation and personal injury practice.

Craig earned his J.D. in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he developed his litigation skills through clinical work with the Defender Project, the Criminal Appeals Project, and the Consumer Law Litigation Clinic at the Frank J. Remington Center. In recognition of his devotion to his clinical clients, Craig was awarded the Bruce Beilfuss Memorial Scholarship. Prior to law school, Craig received his B.A in Journalism and English at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 1998.

Craig is an active member of the criminal defense bar. He has been on the faculty of the Annual Conference on Recent Developments in Criminal Law, sponsored by Marquette Law School and the Milwaukee Bar Association, and has spoken to aspiring trial lawyers at Marquette University Law School. Craig is a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin’s State and Federal courts, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
  2. Appeals: 20%
  3. Litigation: 5%



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    I endorse Craig. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Joshua D. Uller

    Craig is one of the best criminal defense attorneys I know. He tries and wins difficult cases for clients in all types of criminal cases, from smaller misdemeanors to the most difficult and complex homicide, sexual assault, or white collar cases. I endorse Craig Powell.


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Contact info

Kohler Hart Powell, S.C.

735 N Water St
# 1212
Milwaukee, WI, 53202-4105


WIGood Standing200503/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers2015
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2015
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2010
Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarMilwaukee Magazine2009
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyKohler Hart Powell, S.C.2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember2005 - Present
Milwaukee Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Wisconsin v. Deaver, 322 Wis. 2d 573 (Ct. App. 2009)The client's felony OWI conviction was vacated and converted to a conviction for an OWI 1st offense, a non-criminal forfeiture.
State v. S.C. Johnson III, 348 Wis.2d 450832 N.W.2d 609 (2013), reconsideration granted, State v. Johnson, 353 Wis.2d 452 (2014)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of Wisconsin, Eau ClaireN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
33rd Annual Conference on Recent Developments in Criminal LawEffective Assistance of Counsel in the Pretrial Stage of the Criminal Case2012
32nd Annual Conference On Recent Developments in Criminal LawYear in Review, Criminal Procedure in 2010-2011 Wisconsin Appellate Courts2011
Bridging the Gap Between the Classroom and the CourtroomPanel discussion on the effect of alternative dispute resolution on trial opportunities for young lawyers2007