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My practice is focused on the defense of individuals and corporations accused of criminal misconduct. I appear regularly in state and federal courts, handling all types of criminal cases at all stages of criminal proceedings—from investigation to pre-charging negotiation, to practice before a Grand Jury or a John Doe magistrate, to motion hearings, to jury trial and through appeal.
My skills have been recognized by my AV rating from Martindale Hubbell ® (signifying the highest level of legal ability and very high adherence to standards of professional conduct) and my inclusion in BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA (Criminal Defense: White-Collar) and as a Super Lawyer (Criminal Defense).
I speak regularly to lawyers and law students on criminal law issues. And each fall I serve as an adjunct law professor teaching a seminar on constitutional law (on the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution) at the University of Wisconsin Law School. I am a double badger--I received both my bachelor's degree and my law degree from the University of Wisconsin.
I take pride in helping clients through a very difficult time in their lives and try to deliver on what are three core client needs:
— Helping a client understand exactly what will happen at each stage of their case and what that means for them.
— Having compassion for the stress and anxiety attendant to criminal cases.
— Listening to a client’s concerns and priorities in order to deliver the best advice possible, leading to the best result possible.
Languages spoken: German
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: White-Collar||Best Lawyers In America®||2013|
|Wisconsin Super Lawyer||Milwaukee Magazine||2013|
|Wisconsin Rising Star||Milwaukee Magazine||2009|
|Wisconsin Rising Star||Milwaukee Magazine||2008|
|Wisconsin Rising Star||Milwaukee Magazine||2007|
|Pro Bono Superstar Nominee||Dane County Bar Association||2007|
|Wisconsin Rising Star||Milwaukee Magazine||2006|
|Nathan Heffernan Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy||Wisconsin Assoc. of Trial Lawyers||1996|
|Adjunct Professor||Univ. of Wisconsin Law School||2008 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||1996 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||1996 - Present|
|State of Wisconsin v. Douglas Williams, 2012 WI 59||N/A|
|State of Wisconsin v. Michael Sveum, 2010 WI 92||N/A|
|United States v. Georgia Thompson, 484 F.3d 877 (7th Cir. 2007)||N/A|
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|State Bar of Wisconsin Inside Track||What Does Missouri v. McNeely Mean For The Prosecution of Drunk Driving in Wisconsin||2013|
|State Bar of Wisconsin, Inside Track||What is a John Doe Investigation Anyway?||2012|
|Wisconsin Defender||SORNA in Wisconsin: As the Law Comes Into Focus For States, Clear Advice for Practitioners Remains Elusive||2011|
|Wisconsin Defender||Best In Show: Admissibility of Police Dog Evidence||2011|
|Wisconsin Defender||Challenging Misuse Of Wis. Stat. § 968.135 By District Attorneys Who Seek To Obtain A Defendant’s Healthcare Or Business Records||2010|
|Journal of Nursing Regulation||Medication Errors and Criminal Negligence: Lessons From Two Cases||2010|
|Wisconsin Defender||Potential Consequences Collateral to Criminal Convictions||2008|
|Wisconsin Defender||“Sharp Practice:” The Use of Section 908.01(4)(b) Admissions by Party Opponent to Hoist a Prosecutor by His Own Words, or the Lessons of State v. Cardenas-Hernandez||1999|
|Wisconsin Defender||Arguing the Admissibility of Soft Science Expert Witness Testimony||1998|
|University of Wisconsin Law School||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Criminal Justice Act Panel Training||Thinking Forward: The Fourth Amendment & Technology||2013|
|UW Madison||Know Your Rights: A Student's Guide to Criminal Law||2011|
|University of Wisconsin Law School||Selected Issues in Constitutional Law: Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Amendments||2010|
|Criminalistics of Cybercrime,||The Fourth Amendment: Law & Technology||2010|
|Criminal Law Week||Criminal Proceedings||2010|
|Wisconson Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||The Nuts & Bolts of the Adam Walsh Act: What Does SORNA Really Mean||2009|
|2008 Activist Conference||Do you Cyber[law]?: Facebook & the First Amendment||2008|
|SPD Annual Conference||Adam Walsh Act & Sex Offender Registry For Youths And Adults||2007|