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For 25 years now, Mark D. Richards has focused on providing quality representation in the area of law that affects individuals the most-criminal defense. Criminal defense is a specialized area and requires someone with the experience, knowledge, and know-how to provide the best possible representation. When a person’s liberty is at stake, the stakes can be no greater. That is why the cornerstone of all clients’ representation is a thorough investigation both factually and legally of all defenses so that no potential defenses are left unexplored or unlitigated. This “leave no stone unturned” type of representation has led to numerous successful outcomes for my clients.   In the past twenty years I have represented clients in both State and Federal courts charged with a variety of crimes ranging from First Degree Homicide, drug conspiracies, Vehicular homicide, Sexual Assault and Child Pornography. No case is too big or too small. I have also tried over 75 jury trials, ranging from simple two day Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) trials to month long Homicide trials. If you or someone you know has potential criminal exposure, do not hesitate to call or email for a free consultation. The sooner representation is secured the sooner your rights are protected. Do not wait to be charged, many positive results can be secured before a client is actually charged with a crime.



Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 30%
    25 years, 50 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    29 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. White Collar Crime: 20%
    29 years, 50 cases
  4. Appeals: 10%
    29 years, 25 cases
  5. DUI & DWI: 10%
    29 years, 100 cases



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Mark D. Richards, S.C.

209 Eighth St
Racine, WI, 53403-1508


WIGood Standing198703/02/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2012
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2011
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2007
Best LawyerConsumer Guide2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerMark D. Richards, S.C2013 - Present
Senior ParnterRichards & Hall, S.C.1995 - 2013
Solo PractitionerMark D. Richards, S.C.1990 - 1995
Assistant District AttorneyRacine County District Attorney's Office1989 - 1990
Assistant District AttorneyKenosha County District Attorney's Office1988 - 1989
Associate AttorneyCook & Franke, S.C.1987 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Racine County Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2011 - Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsLegal Committee2007 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2007 - Present
Racine County CourtCommissioner2007 - Present
Indigent Defender PanelPanel Member2007 - Present
7th Circuit Court of AppealsAdmitted to Practice2002 - Present
U.S. District Court Northern District of IllinoisAdmitted to Practice2001 - Present
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
U.S. District Court Western District of WisconsinAdmitted to Practice1992 - Present
U.S. District Court Eastern District of WisconsinAdmitted to Practice1987 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1987 - Present
Racine County Bar AssociationPresident2015 - 2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1987