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I have dedicated my entire life to defending constitutional rights. While other attorneys have been to a handful of trails, I have taken more than 250 cases to trial. At Birdsall Law Offices, we exclusively practice criminal defense law so you can rest assured knowing our entire focus is on winning your case.


I always involve my clients in every step on the process. I take an aggressive approach to defending my clients. I use a team of experts and investigators to turn your case inside-out. I look at every possible angle. I will challenge every witness and confront any authority.


I have earned a reputation for winning and an acquittal rate 3 times the state average. Call Birdsall Law Offices to being your defense today.




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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. DUI & DWI: 45%
  3. Federal Crime: 5%



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Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Andrew B. Delaney

    I've watched John work on his cases. He brings an unparalleled intensity and dedication to his cases. He is sharp, compassionate, and highly effective. I endorse him without reservation.


    Andrew Delaney Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Mark Pecora

    I have no hesitation in recommending John to others in need of an excellent criminal defense attorney. He is efficient, knowledgeable and extremely capable at what he does.


    Mark Pecora Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Birdsall Law Offices SC

1110 N Old World Third St
Suite 218
Milwaukee, WI, 53203


WIGood Standing198903/19/2015

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public Reprimand
    issued in WI, 2004


    Reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBirdsall Law Offices SC1999 - Present
AttorneyGonzalez, Saggio, Birdsall & Harlan1992 - 1999
AttorneyBorgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen1989 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Wisconsin ClubMember2013 - Present
Rotary Club of MilwaukeeMember2013 - Present
Shotokan Karate Club of AmericaBlack BeltN/A
Committee on Indegent Defense CompensationMemberN/A
YMCA Milwaukee Urban CampusBoard MemberN/A
Milwaukee Rescue MissionVolunteer AttorneyN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
State Bar of Wisconsin, Sentencing CommissionMemberN/A
State Bar of Wisconsin, Criminal Law SectionFormer ChairN/A
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of DirectorsN/A
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPast PresidentN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State vs. DefendantCase dismissed
State vs. DefendantNo charges filed
State vs. DefendantPAC counts dismissed, OWI reduced
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Sentencing CommissionSentencing in Wisconsin2007
Wisconsin Sentencing CommissionRace and Sentencing in Wisconsin2007
Wisconsin LawyerTrouble Ahead: Wisconsin's New Domestic Abuse Laws2004
Criminal Law NewsChair's Perspective2003
Wisconsin LawyerProblems with the New Truth-in-Sentencing Law2002
Criminal Law NewsChair's Perspective2002
Criminal Law NewsChair's Perspective2001
Criminal Law NewsLegislative Committee Report1997
Criminal Law NewsLegislative Committee Report1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of Wisconsin, MadisonPolitical Science, History- Honors ProgramBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Refocusing the Profession for the New MilleniumSentencing Hearing in the "New World"2000
1998 State Bar of Wisconsin Annual ConventionRepresenting Indigent Defendants at Sentencing and Disposition1998