Skip to main content

Matthew S. Pinix

Criminal defense Attorney at Milwaukee, WI

5.0   13 reviews

Licensed for 15 years

Free consultation

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    85%
    Wisconsin state and federal appeals. Direct appeals (Wis. Stat. 809.30), collateral attacks (Wis. Stat. 974.06), writs of habeas corpus (28 US 2254).

    14 years

  2. Civil rights
    15%
    When someone violates your rights or the government causes you harm, you can sue to make it right. We represent clients in state and federal court.

For nearly fifteen years, I've been fighting and winning criminal appeals in Wisconsin. Day in and day out, I come to my office to fight the system that has incarcerated my clients. And I do that work as a professional appellate attorney. That's almost all I do: fight for my clients as a criminal appeals attorney.

You should know: if you're appealing a conviction in Wisconsin, the State will be represented by an attorney who only handles criminal appeals. In other words, the State's going to have a professional appellate attoreny on its side. You should too.

You wouldn't hire a heart surgeon to do brain surgery. Don't hire a trial attorney to handle your appeal. Hire a professional appellate attorney and make it a fair fight against the State.

Licensed for 15 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 09/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Matthew

Pinix Law, LLC
1200 East Capitol Drive, Suite 360
Milwaukee, WI, 53211

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by Michelle | September 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional performance
Matthew is a great attorney. He takes his time and is very thorough. He’s empathic and always willing to explain whatever is needed. Extremely responsive and communicates in advance when he takes time away from the office. We spoke to many attorneys and he is one who is respectful and doesn’t assume you are not intelligent. I highly recommend. My family appreciates everything he has done.
Read less
Posted by Hatem | September 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Attorney
Mr. Pinix is really a great attorney from the minute he started working on my habeas corpus petition for post conviction related to felony conviction . He is really determined , persistent and very knowledgable ,always returned my calls and communicated through emails until we won the habeas petition. Because of his hard work ,dedication and recommendations I was able to have the charges dismissed . Thank God for the best attorney. Thanks again Mr. Pinix
Read less
Posted by Tina | January 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rockie
Were do I begin to even express what Matthew S. Pinix and his team has done for my family and I. During the most trying times of our lives we came to his office to hire him for an appeal. We recently were granted a victory on that appeal which gives back 35 years of life. Matthew fought with such passion and was worth every penny. We were always informed of what was going on and how the process worked. What could have taken agonizing years was done in 6 short months. The day I received the word we won was so surreal. I thanked God for bring Matthew and his talented team of professionals into our lives each and everyday. For without him justice would not have prevailed in my case. So many go unheard of due to lack of funds or knowledge. Do not be fooled by others for Matthew is one of great integrity were others just talk the talk he delivers. Thank God Matthew was there to fire back the injustice that was sent down in such a twisted system. Years are handed down with such cruelty. It is like feeding a power hunger system to lock up such men without any regard in rehabilitating them. Why, is because it is money given to house these men in a cash strapped government. Prisons are making money on the backs of many innocent men. The years given to the ones that are guilty do not fit the crimes. For without people like Matthew changing the world one appeal at a time many voices would go unheard. Do not go it alone for when in need of an appellate attorney Matthew S. Pinix is top of the line. I consider him the best in Milwaukee, Wis. Do not be fooled by his boyish looks for he has more wisdom and knowledge to fight any battle that comes before him. It is hard to find someone who truly is who they say they are or claim to be. Matthew is the real deal. I hired the best and the best delivered. Thank you Matthew S. Pinix!!!! God Bless you and your team
Read less
Posted by John | July 23, 2014
second chance
I can truthfully say without a doubt that Matthew Pinix has been a blessing for myself and my family. As I was sitting in my cell at Waupun Correctional I prayed so many times for another chance at Justice. Well it happened thanks to the very competent and professional work of Matthew. I believe he is one of the best appellate attorneys. I had access to information many on the other side of the walls do not have. With this knowledge I had much to compare to. I was very blessed I had an attorney who was top notch at his job. I wish I had the knowledge of the law and the vocabulary to do him justice as he did for my family and I. He never talked down to myself or my family. He was always quick to respond and he never made promises he could not keep.He truly cares about the people he represents. I now have a chance to get back home to my family thanks to his fine work. How can a man put that into words? I cannot! He and his will always be in my prayers.
Read less
Posted by Joan | May 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Matt Saved Our Nonprofit
Matt was hired by our nonprofit to represent us in an appeals case after we lost a somewhat complicated case in a lower court. Understanding that less than 10% of appeals cases are won on appeal, we weren't very optimistic. But Matt is a genius in understanding the law in general, even though he wasn't familiar with nonprofit law. He is a quick study and was able to convince the appeals court that the lower court ruled erroneously. Because of Matt's support our nonprofit won the legal right to a $1 million endowment that is now allowing us to continue to function. In addition, his work with the appeals court put an end to a dispute that was over a decade old. Lastly Matt has such an easy going demeanor. He was wonderful to work with and very patient in explaining the complicated workings of the appeals process. We will always be very grateful to Matt for Saving our nonprofit.
Read less
Posted by Robert | June 17, 2015
Criminal Disorderly Conduct
Mr. Pinix was able to win my appeal and get the charges dismissed. He is very professional and was good at preparing my case. Matthew was very capable in presenting my case and did an excellent job in arguing any points that the DA presented.
Posted by Barbara | May 26, 2015
Would higly recommend Matthew S Pinix.
Matthew S. Pinix was a pleasure to work with. I live out of state and was looking for a lawyer to handle my sons case and did some reseach and Matthew was highly recommended. He was dilligent in filing for an appeal and won. What an exciting day for my son and our family. During this process I was well informed of the on going status of the case. He was open and honest and took the time to address any of my concerns.
Read less
Posted by Robert M. Navigato | June 16, 2014
My brothers appeal
When Matthew was assigned my brothers case for appeal we were a family without much hope. I think it was some sort of divine intervention that brought Matthew to us. To say he was excellent throughout the appeals process would be a gross under statement. His knowledge of the appeals process is 2nd to none. He was always available to us to explain what was going on and always returned my calls in a timely fashion. As time went on our confidence soared and the end result was Matthew winning a new trial for my brother. I would recommend Matthew to anyone and our family is forever in his debt.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2014
Excellent Lawyer
Matthew filed for an appeal based on inappropriate counsel by the previous attorney we had hired. Although it was denied at the Circuit Court level, he is continuing the appeal process at the next level. I have tremendous confidence in Matthew's ability and based on his explanations feel we have a very good chance for success. Matthew is very personable and straight forward in his approach to our case. He took the time needed to explain the process to us and answered any questions we had. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing an Appeals lawyer.
Read less
Posted by Amy | January 19, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Professional, smart, and aggressive - Matthew is an excellent attorney. He listened to my case, reviewed the strategy with me in detail, and updated me throughout the process. He has the experience and the knowledge to get the job done. I would highly recommend Matthew S. Pinix again and again.
Posted by paul larsen | November 27, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fine
Mathew called to get more information from me to see if my case would fit his firm and it did not. My family went through a lot, there is many government players. We have absolute evidence to sue 3 individuals. It is hands down, they are guilty of framing an innocent man, have a 911 audio that totally gives them up. I was hoping Mathew would had sued these 3 for me, there was plenty of wealth that the suit would have paid back. After the simple law suit of these 3 or 4 men, we would had exposed evidence or not enough evidence in addition to the admission of my district attorney friend to realize the validity of a government malfeasance law suit. I am sure we would easily be able to extract the admissions from these 3 or 4 men negotiating there liability. Yes there would not even be a court date, the evidence is so strong, so positive they could not defend themselves. I wish Mathew would reconsider.
Read less
Posted by Eugene | May 12, 2015
Outstanding Attorney
Attorney Pinix is an outstanding criminal attorney who does his research. He is responsive and develops a rapport with his clients that assures them that 1. He takes his representation seriously. 2. He looks for other angles which may assist his clients outside of the norm and 3. If the intended result is complex, he will express the intricacies which gives the client the choice to move forward. Mat has been my attorney for a few years and I am pleased to say that his work netted me a successful outcome! I trust his advice and I truly believe that he has the best interest of the client in mind. I have also recommended Matt to other family members and I am happy to say that his services have been exceptional in that regard as well. Lastly, I like the fact that Matt utilizes modern technology with "My Case" in which up to date information is forwarded and invoices, case notes, e-mails, etc. remain current. This is important because you never feel as though " you are in limbo!" I highly recommend this lawyer. Eugene
Read less
Posted by Susan | June 19, 2014
Highly Recommend
Matthew represented a sibling of mine in their appeal. His actions and demeanor were very professional. He was readily available and promptly responded to all questions our family addressed to him. Due to his dedication, thoroughness and knowledge, the results were very good for us. I would highly recommend him to any potential clients.
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Pinix Law, LLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Pinix & Soukup, LLC
  • 2017 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Matthew S. Pinix, LLC
  • 2008 - 2017
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • New Mexico Supreme Court
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Extern
  • United States Attorney's Office, Central District Calif.
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Judicial Extern
  • United States Bankruptcy Court Central District Of California
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Turner & Flessas, SC
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Extern
  • Wisconsin Department Of Justice
  • 2005 - 2005
View all work experience

Education

  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • MA - Masters
  • 2004
  • Missouri State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001
  • Imperial College London
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
View all education

Legal Cases

  • 1st Deg. Sexual Assualt
  • Counts dismissed in postconviction litigation
  • Felon in possession of firearm
  • Reversed during postconviction litigation
  • 2nd Deg. Sexual Assualt
  • Sentence modified by postconviciton litigation
View all legal cases

Associations

  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Co-chair of Newsletter Committee
  • 2022 - Present
  • Appellate Practice Section, Wis. Bar Assn.
  • Board Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • American Company of Irish Dance
  • Board Member
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Prison Action Milwaukee
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2016
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2011
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Leading Lawyers
  • M Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
View all awards

Publications

  • Wisconsin Lawyer magazine
  • Book Review: Civil War Lawyers
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Appellate Skills Academy
  • Small Group Leader
  • 2022
  • Advanced Crimmigration Topics for Immigration & Defense Lawyers: Postconviction Relief for Noncitizens in Wisconsin
  • Post-Conviction Relief for Noncitizens in Wisconsin
  • 2020
  • Cutting Edge Criminal Defense Strategies: Investigation through Sentencing
  • Case Dismissed: Why the Intrastate Detainer Statute Should be on Your Radar
  • 2018
  • Humanities Career Panel
  • What Jobs can I get after Grad School
  • 2014
  • Guest speaker to Moral Problems (Phil 243) class
  • Philosophical theories of punishment in the Wisconsin legal system
  • 2014
  • Monthly membership meeting
  • What is a direct appeal & how does it work?
  • 2013
  • Marquette Law Statutory Interpretation Course
  • Panelist
  • 2013
  • Annual Criminal Defense Conference
  • What's the Merit in That? Handling No Merit Appeals
  • 2013
  • Marquette Law Appellate Writing & Advocacy Course
  • Guest Lecturer
  • 2011
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (16)
Appeals Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew Pinix is an outstanding appellate lawyer. I have seen his work both in the appellate reports and in the courtroom on post-conviction motions. I recommend him highly."
Appeals Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly recommend Atty. Matthew Pinix for anyone that needs to file an appeal. He is a brilliant and natural writer and speaker and fights zealously on behalf of clients facing difficult situations. He is extremely personable and will provide top notch representation to every client he represents."
Appeals Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Pinix is a highly talented appellate and criminal defense attorney. I would recommend his practice to anyone in need of such services."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Appeals Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Matthew on a legal matter and found him to be an excellent advocate for his clients. He is an experienced appellate attorney with a track record of achieving good results for his clients. I recommend Matthew without reservation."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Pinix is an expert in his field. His achievements are well-documented in the legal community and he always gets the best result for his clients. I heartily endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Friend
"Matt Pinix is a very experienced, creative, and skilled appellate and trial lawyer. He shows exceptional commitment to his clients and their cases. I often consult with him on cases of my own and his insight is always invaluable. I would not hesitate to recommend Matt for representation in important cases, and anyone who hires him is in good hands."
Appeals Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Pinix is a very bright, passionate and detail-oriented attorney. I have had the pleasure to work on several matters with Mr. Pinix and I find him to be diligent, creative, and hardworking. I would highly recommend his services."
Appeals Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matthew for years and know him to be a thorough and committed attorney. I would endorse his work."
View more endorsements

Avvo Contributions

This attorney hasn't created any legal answers in Q&A or legal guides recently on Avvo.

Milwaukee Criminal defense Lawyer Matthew S. Pinix
Matthew S. Pinix
Criminal defense Attorney
Milwaukee, WI
Licensed for 15 years
Free Consultation