Richard J. Smith has been practicing law for 33 years. He joined Nistler Law Office, s.c. in August, 2015, and practices in the area of criminal defense, family law and civil litigation.
As a criminal defense attorney, Attorney Richard Smith has handled a variety of matters including serious felonies, misdemeanors and defense of drunk driving. He has successfully resolved hundreds of serious cases including homicide, sexual assault, conspiracy, and white collar crimes. He has prosecuted or defended in more than 100 jury trials.
Attorney Smith practices family law and has successfully represented many divorce clients in Southeastern Wisconsin. Richard Smith is not a lawyer who magnifies conflict. Mr. Smith understands that disputes in family court profoundly impact all parties involved including the children of the parties. Mr. Smith works to resolve difficult problems with patience, empathy, reason, and careful preparation. He has a thoughtful manner and even in difficult situations he remains calm and rational. Mr. Smith understands the upheaval and trauma that accompany divorce and post judgment divorce proceedings. He seeks to minimize the upheaval. Attorney Smith has represented clients from all walks of life in family court.
Mr. Smith has represented businesses before municipal bodies and common councils for the last 20 years. He has represented restaurants, bars, night clubs, and even stone quarries.
Mr. Smith obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Marquette University in 1972 and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1981. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Smith was an assistant district attorney in Ozaukee and Marathon counties for four years. He then joined the law firm of Schmidt, Martz & Smith and was a partner there from 1990-2012 before starting his own firm of Richard J. Smith and Associates, Ltd. in 2012-2015.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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I worked for Attorney Smith in the 1990's as an associate. Prior to that time, I had worked for a larger firm that dissolved. At that time, Attorney Smith and his partner were the only partners. I learned much more as to how to be a competent family law attorney from Attorney Smith and his partner than I ever did from the larger, silk stocking law firm. They taught me how to litigate and were always able to mentor me. Needless to say, I give them credit for making me what I am as a family law attorney. Attorney Smith knows family and criminal law, yet he is not afraid to seek out answers if he does not know how to address a particular situation because he wishes to obtain the best possible result for his client. I endorse him highly.
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|Attorney||Nistler Law Office, S.C.||2015 - 2016|
|Owner||Richard J Smith & Asscoiates Ltd||2011 - 2015|
|Partner||Schmidt, Martz, & Smith||1990 - 2012|
|Assistant District Attorney||Ozaukee County District attorneys office||1984 - 1985|
|Assistant District Attorney||Marathon County District Attorneys Office||1981 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Milwaukee Bar Association||member||1990 - Present|
|Society of Family Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, Criminal Law Section||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, Government Lawyers Division||Member||N/A|
|University of Wisconsin Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|Marquette University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1972|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, CLE Committee||Driving under the infuluence of drugs & alcohol||2005|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, CLE Committee||Traffic Law Practices||2005|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, CLE Committee||Family Law||2004|