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Craig S. Powell

Criminal defense Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2005
    Status
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About Craig

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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.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating

Location

Hart Powell, S.C.

Reviews

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Posted by Ginger | June 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Diligent lawyer
Craig, with a professional, educated conscientious lawyer. He was prompt with returning phone calls, and communicating effectively. Craig was very patient and understanding while explaining things to us over and over as we were unformulary with the law. His prices were competitive. He was also very instrumental in helping us even after the case was over. I would refer Craig Powell to anyone that needs a good defense attorney.
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Posted by William | March 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A lawyer that cares
Mr Powell is the attorney you want to hire whenever you need a lawyer that cares and has your well being as the highest priority. He is smart, intelligent and puts his client first. He did a wonderful job for me and I highly recommend him.
Posted by Paul | May 5, 2015
Criminal defense review.
The legal representation provided by Mr Powell was honest, realistic but most of all it was his integrity which kept my case alive throughout the nearly 3 years before and after my sentencing. Craig could have easily ignored my calls and e-mails which I sent from prison but instead he kept fighting my case through until I received an additional time cut. It was his continued effort that got me out early and helped me get my life back and for that I am forever grateful. After hearing some of the horror stories it is clear to me how lucky I was to have Mr. Powell fighting for me in my corner and I recommend him to anyone who may be facing a tough uphill court battle. My case was historic and if there was something he was unsure about he was honest and realistic about it. Craig is not an attorney that will leave you high and dry, He will fight your case through until it's completely over. To me that's more important than anything.
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Posted by anonymous | December 24, 2012
Highly Recommended OWI Attorney
It was my 2nd OWI and I was accused of other things as well. Craig provided awesome explanations and defense on my case. Many charges were dropped / reduced. Really worth the money. Saved me a lot of time and hassle. Extremely professional and willing to help even past the trial date. Glad I shopped around and found Craig!
Posted by anonymous | November 17, 2008
Amazing...you would be doing yourself a diservice to not utilize Mr. Powell
I used Mr. Powell for a criminal matter last year. He quelled every fear I had about attorneys. He was knowledgeable, responsive, caring, and reasonably priced. I could not of asked for a better outcome for my case. He is passionate about his work and does not churn clients through to simply collect as many fees as possible.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hart Powell, S.C.
  • 2005 - Present

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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)

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Milwaukee Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • 33rd Annual Conference on Recent Developments in Criminal Law
  • Effective Assistance of Counsel in the Pretrial Stage of the Criminal Case
  • 2012
  • 32nd Annual Conference On Recent Developments in Criminal Law
  • Year in Review, Criminal Procedure in 2010-2011 Wisconsin Appellate Courts
  • 2011
  • Bridging the Gap Between the Classroom and the Courtroom
  • Panel discussion on the effect of alternative dispute resolution on trial opportunities for young lawyers
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Craig
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Craig. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney Craig S. Powell. He balances compassion for his clients with zealous advocacy in their defense. He is well-respected in the Milwaukee legal community and I regularly refer clients to him and his office."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Powell is a highly capable attorney that is hardworking intelligent and well versed in the law. I would highly recommend his services."
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Milwaukee Criminal defense Lawyer Craig S. Powell
Craig S. Powell
Criminal defense Attorney
Milwaukee, WI
Licensed for 18 years
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