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Mark D. Richards

Criminal defense Attorney at Racine, WI

5.0   8 reviews

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Domestic Abuse, Violent Crime, Drug Traffic, Sexual Assault

    35 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Federal crime
    Have tried six federal jury trials 3 of which ended in outright acqittal. This may not seem like alot, however very few case go to trial in federal court, with even fewer acquittals. Types of cases in federal court drugs,arson,bank robbery, white collar crime & election crimes

    31 years, 50 cases

  3. White collar crime
    embezzlement, securities fraud,money laundering.

    35 years, 50 cases

  4. Appeals
    criminal appeals and post conviction motions when wrongly convicted

    35 years, 25 cases

  5. DUI and DWI
    DUI/OWI homicide cases & felony drunk driving cases.

    35 years, 100 cases

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.


Licensed for 35 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1987
Updated 09/07/2022

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

Contact Mark

Richards & Dimmer, S.C.
209 8th Street
Racine, WI, 53403


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Phoebe | November 19, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!
Atty. Richards is the absolute best. He leaves no stone unturned and know hows to navigate the legal system, even in very complicated cases. Atty. Richards will continue to investigate until all the facts are revealed. THIS is the kind of man you want on your side.
Posted by Helena | November 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helena Bacon
Absolutely seeks and stands for truth, facts and beliefs in the right to a fair trial.
Posted by Philipp | November 15, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best lawyer you can get
He is professional, he is ambitious and he is probably one of the best defense lawyers you can ask for!
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mark Richards is the attorney you want in your corner!
I wanted someone knowledgeable with the law and facts surrounding my case to be at my side and that's what I got. Mark was there every step of the way, responding to emails in a timely manner and calling me when a phone call was a better way to communicate. When you call Attorney Richards, he answers with a can-do attitude. At the same time, Mark is realistic in what the consequences of one's actions may be. Mark made sure I was pro-active in getting steps done PRIOR to my sentencing date, positioning me for the best possible outcome. Beth, legal assistant, is awesome as well and makes sure you know when Mark is out of the office during trials, etc. I can honestly say this experience could have been so much worse without Mark and his staff on my side. I highly recommend Attorney Richards!
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Posted by Dean | May 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
VERY Satisfied Customer
I first hired Mark Richards in 1993 when I was facing criminal charges in Racine County. Attorney Richards was able to get all charges against me dismissed at that time. In 2017, I was involved in an altercation with a family member that was not my fault, and was charged criminally for battery and disorderly conduct. Attorney Richards filed motions, as well as a speedy trial demand on my behalf, and the case was completely dismissed on the prosecutor's motion 3 days before trial. Attorney Richards was very responsive to my concerns about the case and aggressive in his representation. I would recommend Mark Richards to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A must HIRE!
When my future was on the line I consulted with several lawyers and the best choice I could have made was to hire Mark Richards. He did more than I ever thought was possible and got me back on the right track. Without any hesitation, I strongly advice everyone to go through Mark Richards.
Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2015
Very Pleased With the Service I Received
I would highly recommend Mark as your attorney. He was very easy to talk to and explained everything to me and made sure I understood what was going on in my case. There was a time when I just wanted to accept what the DA was offering to get my case over with. Mark didn't believe I was being treated fairly and after talking to him I decided to continue with the case and not just accept what the original offer was. My case is finally settled and I am more that pleased with the outcome.
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Posted by Mick | April 21, 2015
Could not ask for more !
We have hired Mark several times in the past for Felony Charges and were most pleased with Mark's determination and drive. I'm sure he had many other cases in addition to ours, but we always felt like our case really mattered. Both cases were resolved with in several months and Mark was always available to answer any questions we had.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Mark D. Richards, S.C
  • 2013 - Present
  • Senior Parnter
  • Richards & Hall, S.C.
  • 1995 - 2013
  • Solo Practitioner
  • Mark D. Richards, S.C.
  • 1990 - 1995
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Racine County District Attorney's Office
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Kenosha County District Attorney's Office
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Associate Attorney
  • Cook & Franke, S.C.
  • 1987 - 1988
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  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987


  • Racine County Bar Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2011 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Racine County Court
  • Commissioner
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Legal Committee
  • 2007 - Present
  • Indigent Defender Panel
  • Panel Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2002 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2001 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1992 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1987 - Present
  • Racine County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2007
  • Best Lawyer
  • Consumer Guide
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is very well known throughout the state of Wisconsin as a high level trial attorney. His results speak for themselves. He has brought countless cases to trial and obtained favorable verdicts. Locally, he is known as one of the best criminal defense attorneys for many miles. I also had the privilege of being mentored by Mark on at least one case and his style and approach were refreshing. I would recommend him to anyone facing serious charges and looking for an attorney who who has a record of taking cases to trial."
Criminal defense

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Racine Criminal defense Lawyer Mark D. Richards
Mark D. Richards
Criminal defense Attorney
Racine, WI
Licensed for 35 years
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