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Mark P. Maciolek

Federal crime Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   25 reviews

About Mark

Learn Mark’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    Protecting your future from the power of the federal government in federal trials and appeals.

    17 years, 75 cases

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    Helping honest people out of debt, protecting your future.

    14 years, 35 cases

  3. Criminal defense
    Protecting your future in criminal trials and appeals Wisconsin state courts.

    17 years, 175 cases

  4. Litigation

    17 years, 50 cases

At Murphy Desmond S.C., I focus my practice on the aggressive and compassionate defense of individuals accused of crimes in federal and state courts. I have defended clients charged with complex commercial crimes, federal conspiracy crimes, money laundering, wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, immigration crimes, white collar crimes, federal firearms crimes, and many other federal offenses.

I defend people against a wide variety of state criminal felony and misdemeanor charges, and in related proceedings, such as ordinance violations and juvenile offenses. 

I work closely with the Murphy Desmond Immigration Practice group to defend immigrant clients and seek postconviction relief for clients convicted of crimes or other offenses that can impact their immigration status. 

I am also a civil litigator with jury trial experience in state and federal courts, including federal bankruptcy court.

I practice in both trial courts and courts of appeal. 

Prior to joining Murphy Desmond S.C. in 2013, I was a solo practitioner in Madison.

Licensed for 17 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2005
Updated 09/07/2022

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

Contact Mark

Murphy Desmond S.C.
33 East Main Street, Suite 500
PO Box 2038
Madison, WI, 53701-2038
Dodgeville Office
210 N. Iowa St.
Suite 1
Dodgeville, WI, 53533
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5.0 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Came thru exactly as he said he would
i hired Mr. Maciolek initially for a charge in Southern WI. Before he even contacted me he did his homework and noticed i had two other issues that had not been "completed" in other counties. It was impressive and appreciated that he not only wanted to work the case i hired him to but he basically insisted on clearing my name entirely. Over the course of one year and one month Mark did exactly what he said he would do with no issues along the way. Furthermore, as someone who has never served jail time and i was facing what appeared to be certain jail time Mark was able to plead on my behalf and was given probation. I would recommend D&M and specifically Mark to anyone facing criminal charges.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2021
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Excellent Defense Attorney
Mr. Mark Maciolek represented me when I found myself having to defend against a very complicated federal matter. His professionalism and perseverance in the end led to no charges being filed. You should not for a second question having Mr. Maciolek in your corner if you find yourself needing a highly competent, professional, expert defense attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | March 18, 2021
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Excellent attorney
A heartfelt thank you to our attorney Mr. Mark Maciolek for the utmost professionalism and human qualities he demonstrated whilst assisting us parents and our young son, who was unjustly accused of stalking in the USA. His legal assistance and perseverance led to the case dismissal and a verdict in our favour. Our family will be forever grateful to Mr. Maciolek for the crucial support he gave us and our son during this two-year ordeal in a foreign country.
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Posted by Edward | February 25, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Very Professional!
I contacted Mark in an effort to find an attorney in the Madison area to assist a U-W student who had received some local infractions and a school disciplinary hearing notice. It was obvious Mark was very qualified to handle both, and he spent considerable time with me on the phone - gratis - before finally referring me to another lawyer who could better assist with the rather unique situation, which was 'above and beyond' on his part. He is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2020
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Ty Hartjes
I was arrested and charged w domestic battery and disorderly conduct while sleepwalking. Despite doctors notes, family and friends, and my own wife pleading w the prosecutor that I have indeed struggled with sleepwalking my entire life, the prosecutor wasn't having it. Mark was able to mitigate this and get them reduced which allowed me to continue on in life w my career and family. Without Mark, who knows what would have happened. I had faith through all this having Mark in my corner. Simply put, he's among the best at what he does.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2019
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Look No Futher
If you are reading this, you may be in need of legal representation. No need to look further, and don't wait. ...Mark is an attorney with Murphy Desmond, SC., professional, understands the legal process, and very responsive. Accusations were made that threw us in the legal process. We were worried, unsure what would happen next, and frustrated. Mark was quick to act, set a plan in place, provided expertise and legal guidance, and made sure he kept us in the loop. We also appreciate the efforts Mark made to reassure us during this emotional roller coaster. We highly recommend Mark’s legal services...we are pleased with our case outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Saving my son
Mark showed true professionalism as he navigated the plaintiff, the guardian ad litems, my wife and my son. There were a lot of moving parts and emotions were high but he kept moving forward with a solid strategy and un-waivering patience and resolve. He chose the exact right moments to be more assertive and the exact right moments to listen. We resolved our case to our 100% satisfaction without arguing the case in front of the judge and without giving anything up. If anything, because he took control of the situation, we got more than if we would have argued the case in front of a judge and won. Thank you Mark.
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Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mark is an incredibly personable individual
I hired Mark Maciolek because I was involved in an unfortunate situation at my work in which a fight broke out and I was arrested in the act of trying to break it up. Being a college Nursing Student, I was worried about my aspiring career and that I would lose my chance of getting a Nursing license. Nonetheless, Mark got everything sorted out within a few meetings and made feel confident he was capable of defending me. He was very helpful in answering my questions and was extremely punctual with email responses. Thanks to Mark I am now able to move on from this unfortunate situation and leave it in the past. I would easily hire him again.
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Posted by James | October 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A very good Lawyer
Mark handle a case that was related to my trucking business, i had a major problem he handled it without a hitch. Thanks Mark
Posted by anonymous | July 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI found not guilty
Mark is an excellent attorney. He pointed out facts that I would have never thought to state myself. I’m so glad I hired Mark. He kept me informed about all of my trial dates and what was going to happen. The state was fighting HARD to have me arrested for driving with my own medicine I have been prescribed for a long time, But Mark fought harder and smarter. He worked things out with me I think no other lawyer would have done. If I need help again Mark will be the first person I call. Thank you again Mark, you really saved me on this one.
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Posted by Jeremy | July 3, 2018
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Bad charges and arrest
I hired Mr Maciolek for a bad arrest and the police took my conceal gun and charged me with a bad felony and he got it dropped and I got my gun back and can keep my CCL he will fight for you so if you need a good lawyer call and hire Mark he is very good.
Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Speeding Daughter
Mark represented my daughter due to a speeding ticket she received in Wisconsin. Thanks to Mark the charges were dropped from 20 miles per hour over the speed limit to 11 miles per hour over the speed limit. He did an excellent job and always kept my daughter and I updated on his deliberations. Mark did an excellent job and I highly recommend him. He was very knowledgeable and very personable! Both traits of a good attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2018
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Attorney Maciolek review
Mark Maciolek handled my case in a professional and efficient manner. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you so much Mark for your excellent Help & Support
I am very fortunate to have Mark as my attorney. Not only he is great attorney but also helped us as great friend. He presented my case into the best way and was dismissed into the first hearing itself. He used to be available for us anytime including weekends. I highly recommend Mark to get his services. Once again thank you Mark so much.
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Posted by Nick | May 25, 2015
Drunk driving trial review
I hired Mark to represent me on drunk driving charges. During the trial, the judge told me I was lucky he wasn't the finder of fact, because he would have found me guilty. Mark put on a strong defense, and the jury found me not guilty on both charges in 10 minutes.
Posted by Joseph | January 28, 2015
Matt Chrnelich case.
Mark did a great job for us overall. From our perspective, the final settlement was better than we expected. This was our first experience in a situation like this, and consequently was very unsettling. Mark navigated the process with aplumb. We are very greatful about the outcome and would recommend Mark anytime. Thank You.
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Posted by Cecibel | June 25, 2013
Federal indictment dismissed
Thanks to Attorney Maciolek's efforts, my federal charges were dismissed! I am glad I had him as my lawyer, and I recommend him highly.
Posted by Russell | April 18, 2013
Hold this attorney in highest regard
Mark Maciolek helped me through the most difficult time of my life, as the Bush Recession left me unemployed, then grossly underemployed, wiped out and facing aggressive creditors. Such a moment breeds humiliation, tension and great fear, and Mark's steady presence and obvious intelligence made finding the path through the "swamp" much easier. I felt as if I had a trusted guide. I very much appreciate that he never sugar coats the truth, but calmly lays out the options, the know facts, the known likelihoods and -- equally important -- the unknowns, the wild card possibilities. I always felt well informed and it made it easier to make the tough decisions. I have been so impressed with Mark that I have also retained him to assist with my news business. There, too, he's done a remarkable job and been a great help. Mark has earned my respect and my continued business. He has my highest recommendation.
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Posted by Clay | February 27, 2013
Awesome Lawyers
This was a thrill, a relief from grief, a blessing! Not only did we win the case, but also we were able to show how the FACTS of the matter were more important than not. Had it not been for Mark, the State would have gotten away with an unjust accusation. The City Attorney learned a lesson in honesty, and overall, the case was dismissed. If you want what counts in your trial, I would hire Mark Maciolek.
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Posted by Justin | February 27, 2013
Great professional advice and legal help
Mark has given me legal advice for several years now in various areas ranging from reviewing employment contracts to housing contracts. I've luckily only needed official legal representation once fighting a traffic violation. As things stood I could have paid the ticket and lost my license. I employed Mark's services and he was able to get my points reduces so that I could keep my license.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Murphy Desmond SC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate
  • Murphy Desmond S.C.
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • MNM Law Office
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Samuel Phillip Law Offices, LLC
  • 2005 - 2008
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  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Federal mortgage fraud indictment dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • $ 68,000.00 judgment in interstate commercial case
  • We prevailed on summary judgment
  • Arson dismissed at trial
  • Case dismissed with prejudice
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  • James E. Doyle American Inn of Court
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • CJA Panels, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • N/A
  • CJA Panel, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • N/A
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Portuguese


  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • SEALS winter panel discussion
  • Challenges of the legal profession
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (12)
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a fearless and tireless advocate for his clients. I know of very few lawyers who put the kind of time and effort into their cases that he does. I refer things to him frequently - both federal and state matters. Mark fights like hell to make sure his clients get a vigorous defense. And, unlike many defense lawyers, Mark has a lot of trials - what that means is that he spends the time to look for issues and develop unique defenses. It also means that Mark isn't scared to argue in front of a judge or jury. Believe me when I say that plenty of people do not have the level of confidence or intelligence to think on their feet and handle complex litigation and criminal defense like Mark does."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is an excellent criminal defense lawyer. He has obtained outstanding results in both federal and state trial and appellate courts. I routinely consult with him on complex legal issues, and would not hesitate to refer him to anyone facing serious criminal charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Mark on a complex multi-jurisdictional investigation. We worked together to quickly establish a plan of action for our client to ensure that our client's interests and rights were protected in multiple venues. Our plan of action was effective and our client avoided facing any criminal charges in any jurisdiction and avoided the damage that could have been incurred to his reputation and career had charges been filed. Mark has excellent communication skills, is very effective individually, and is also able to work as part of a team when a client's needs require a multi-faceted approach."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Mark for about ten years. We've consulted on cases, and recently we were representing co-defendants on a significant criminal case. Mark is very smart, hard-working, and cares deeply about providing the best possible legal representation to his clients. These are the attributes of a very fine lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recently referred a case to Mark. Three things that stand out are his incredible knowledge of the federal criminal justice system, the fact that he'll go out of his way to help potential clients, and that he's brutally honest. Although he is extremely impressive in his own right, Mark routinely works as a team with another outstanding attorney, Hal Harlowe, who is also well respected by prosecutors, which helps Mark and Hal achieve outstanding results for their clients. If you have a question about potential state or federal criminal charges, or have been charged with a crime, I can't emphasize enough that you call Mark as soon as possible, particularly in federal criminal cases where immediate action and a great lawyer can make a huge difference."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mark. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is my go to person for questions on federal practice and is a well respected attorney who remains cool while fighting for his clients on some of the most serious of charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is an aggressive and knowledgeable advocate. He is especially well versed in guns rights. I would not hesitate to recommend Mark to a friend or family member in need."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Federal crime Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mark in federal court. I have personally seen him in action at both the trial and appellate level. He brings a desire to learn and excel to everything he does. He has a solid work ethic, and he cares about his clients. I have referred others to him, and his language skills make him one of a select few in many cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is very knowledgeable and aggressive. He fights tirelessly for his clients' rights. I have recommended him in the past and will continue to do so without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a soft spoken, but zealous advocate for his clients in both federal and state court. I am personally familiar with cases in which he went above and beyond the call of duty to help clients and right wrongs. For Mark it's not about the money; it's about the work. That's exactly what you want from a lawyer. I gladly endorse him."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I do not hesitate to refer people to Attorney Maciolek. He is an excellent attorney. Mark has a superior understanding of the law, and he serves the needs of his clients with integrity and compassion."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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