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Richard J. Smith

Criminal defense Attorney at Wauwatosa, WI

5.0   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1981
    Status
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About Richard

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Richard J. Smith has been practicing law for 39 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.

Location

Richard J. Smith
7000 W. North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI, 53213

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Posted by Amanda | August 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely knowledgeable and hard working for your case
I was originally charged with a first time DUI as well as 3 other driving charges. I was very nervous as I had never dealt with any criminal charges or lawyers in the past. Mr. Smith put my worries at ease and each time I needed to attend court I was amazed at his strategies and hard work to fight for me. Thanks to Mr. Smith my DUI was changed to a lesser charge of reckless driving and my other charges were dismissed. I have and would continue to highly recommend Mr. Smith.
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Posted by Karen | February 21, 2019
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OWI
I was arrested in Racine County for driving while intoxicated in July of 2018. Not knowing how to move forward, I decided to contact Attorney Richard Smith. He responded that day and offered me a phone consultation. Based on his knowledge, I decided that it was definitely in my best interest to hire him as my attorney. With his expertise and motivation to get the best deal for me, he was able to persuade the district prosecutor to lower the charges to reckless driving. I couldn't be happier and more relieved because of his excellent service to me. I highly recommend Attorney Smith to anyone in a similar situation.
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Posted by Kevin | September 5, 2018
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Highly Recommened
Richard successfully defended me in a 1st offense OWI and Prohibited Alcohol Concentration case. The jury deliberated for less than 15 minutes before finding me not guilty. Richard's attention to detail and years of experience were invaluable to my case.
Posted by Mark | February 28, 2018
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I Highly Recommend Attorney Smith
Richard helped me with my 3rd DUI charge. He told me to do everything he asked and the outcome would be favorable. In the end I was more than happy with the favorable results. The sentences were well below what I was expecting. I highly recommend Richard and if I ever need a lawyer again, I will be calling Attorney Richard Smith.
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Posted by Dennis | January 17, 2018
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Expungement
Richard represented my son in a serious felony case. Ultimately,the matter was expunged from my sons recorded. We were very happy with his efforts! My son was in college and this would have ruined his life. Richard is a fighter.
Posted by Linda | December 12, 2017
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We Highly Recomend Attorney Richard Smith
We hired Atty. Smith to represent our son on some drug charges. He exceeded our expectations and was able to get the charges dismissed. He was supportive, encouraging and he kept the communication very clear at all times. He gave us confidence and helped us very successfully!
Posted by Matt | June 11, 2017
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GREAT ATTORNEY!!
RICHARD was hired for legal services to assist with a felony which ended up as a misdemeanor. He was helpful, direct, experienced, well-educated and caring. Richard could answer any question I had and answer in simple layman terms. He was EVERYTHING I could ask for in a lawyer and some and I cannot thank him enough for all of the help!
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Posted by D'alessandro | March 22, 2016
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Great family law attorney would recommend him to my family and friends or anyone that wants a great lawyer in your corner.
Helped me out with placement of my children and custody, he knows what he is doing and has reasonable fees for people on all levels of income. Honest, straight to the point. Is not out for the money even though he deserves every penny considering he's one hell of an attorney who really cares about his clients. Doesn't mess around knows the law and is meek when needs to be; and aggressive as well when he has to be. If your looking for a great lawyer I would recommend this one. You won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Jeff | July 15, 2015
Top-Notch, Expert Lawyer Who Gets Results
I have used Mr. Smith on multiple occasions in the defense of my 3rd and 4th OWI (yeah, I know). While Richard tells it like it is, he is above all professional and was able to argue my cases to make the best of a bad situation. While he was not able to get me acquitted (at those points that wasn't really an option), he was able to get the lowest possible sentences for me. He gave me all the advice I needed during the whole process to help me better my situations, and in turn, better the results of both my cases. I would highly recommend Attorney Smith for anyone facing these types of charges.
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Posted by Brent | June 18, 2015
I strongly endorse Richard Smith
I have known Richard for over 15 years. I met him when I was a young Assistant DA. In all of my dealings with him, I have found him to be highly intelligent, extremely skilled and very professional. He also adheres to the highest ethical standards. He cares passionately about his clients and provides top notch legal services. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney or family lawyer.
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Posted by Robert | March 27, 2015
careful, competent and thorough
Atty. Smith represented me in the sale of my interest in a small business. He was careful, attentive to detail and responsive. I was satisfied with his services and I would recommend him without reservation.
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2014
Trustworthy, ethical, reassuring, and confident!
Richard helped me with my first offense DUI case. He was very confident and reassuring throughout the entire process. Having never worked with a lawyer before, at first I was a little bit skeptical and nervous... But Richard sure did a great job of making me feel comfortable during all of our discussions. Even though I certainly had a very good case to fight, many other attorneys were very negative and did not seem to believe that I had much of a chance. In such a difficult set of circumstances, all you need is a little hope and Richard certainly provided me with a breath of fresh air in that regard. Richard did exactly what he said he was going to do and got my DUI charge dismissed. The way that he did it was in a no-nonsense sort of way and that can only come from someone with the many years of experience like he has. All in all, Richard did an excellent job for me!!! He was very fair and ethical in his business practices and fees. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking legal counsel.
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Posted by Matt | July 16, 2014
Got the job done and that's all that matters!!
Hired Richard for an OWI charge after being refereed by multiple prior clients. Explained his opinion in detail, didn't sugar coat his actions and got straight to the point and helped defend me to the fullest for a 1st time OWI. Followed through and followed up after the case was settled. Complete satisfaction from this client.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Marquette University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1972

Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Speaking Engagements

  • 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

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (7)
Endorse Richard
Unknown Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I regularly run into Atty. Smith in Milwaukee and surrounding counties. I’m always impressed by his demeanor and knowledge of criminal defense and drunk driving matters. I have zero hesitation recommending Atty. Smith to a friend or family member."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent Attorney. Experienced litigator and highly respected in the Milwaukee legal community!"
Family Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Smith knows the law, knows the court system, and puts this knowledge to work to get great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Attorney Smith for nearly 20 years and I have always been impressed with his ability to obtain great results for his clients. Attorney Smith is someone I would have no problem referring a friend or family member to."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Richard for over 15 years. I met him when I was a young Assistant DA. In all of my dealings with him, I have found him to be highly intelligent, extremely skilled and very professional. He also adheres to the highest ethical standards. He cares passionately about his clients and provides top notch legal services. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney or family lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Smith is a competent and diligent attorney. I recently completed a court trial wherein he was opposing counsel, and where there were myriad issues involving property division and paternity of a non-marital child. Throughout the process he returned calls and replied to letters quickly, was respectful and professional, and submitted accurate and complete correspondence in a timely fashion to the court. I have also known him to be a competent and dedicated attorney from the criminal defense bar as well, especially when it comes to OWI 1sts. He is trustworthy, fair, honest, and easy to work with, and I have referred clients to him in the past."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Richard for decades. I have seen first-hand his commitment to his clients. The results he obtains are impressive. He is an excellent lawyer"
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DUI and DWI
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Wauwatosa Criminal defense Lawyer Richard J. Smith
Richard J. Smith
Criminal defense Attorney
Wauwatosa, WI
Licensed for 42 years
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