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Michael E. Covey

Criminal defense Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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  1. Criminal defense
    100%
    I work in nearly all areas of criminal defense, including juvenile defense, probation revocation, sex crimes, battery, DUI, appeals, and Chapter 980 involuntary commitments

    19 years, 1,200 cases

For the past 19 years, I have been honored to be a criminal defense attorney.  I have experience in a wide variety of case types, including homicide, drunk driving, drug possession, juvenile, battery, property crimes, sexual assault, and appellate.  The summer of 2022 was especially gratifying as I litigated and won two homicide trials in two months.  Both defendants are out of custody and home with their families.

In the fall of 2023, after 18 years, I closed the Covey Law Office and joined forces with Attorney Corey Chirafisi.  He is a phenomenal attorney who focuses on OWI defense but also has enormous experience in both State and Federal Courts.  Together, we litigate complex high level felonies. 

When I am not practicing law, I enjoy many other interests.  I enjoy reading non-fiction history and biographies.  I avidly follow international affairs.  I am an active volunteer with the Delta Chi Fraternity and Grace Episcopal Church.  Other interests include working out, traveling to Chicago, and comic books from the 60s and 70s.

 

Location

Covey Law Office
PO Box 1771
Madison, WI, 53701-1771

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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional, professional attorney who truly puts the client first
Attorney Covey truly cares about you and your case. I never felt rushed when speaking with him and always felt like I was his top priority. Michael works with you and does an exceptional job of keeping in contact with updates. I am forever grateful to have crossed paths with Attorney Covey during a difficult time in my life. I will happily refer him to anyone I know!
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Posted by Adam | May 2, 2023
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An Exceptional Experience
I hired Michael as my defense attorney, he was a pleasure to work with. One aspect that I really enjoyed about Michael was his ability to get back to me in an efficient manner. When hiring Michael as your attorney, it's almost like having a friend on your side, who truly cares about your well-being. I can recall several times when Michael would just pause to ask how I am doing with everything, how I am feeling, and would just take time to listen. On top of feeling supported throughout the process, he also got me a really good deal as well. He also is well-respected around the courthouse, and has a good reputation. If you are looking for not just a good lawyer, but a high quality, caring individual to represent you, please reach out to Michael.
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Posted by Tania | March 31, 2020
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A List Attorney...First-class Professional
OMG!!! I cannot begin to explain how pleased my husband and I are with the level of professionalism and service provided by Attorney Michael E. Covey. I always search for credible online reviews when searching for an attorney. I also conduct my own personal investigating. Let me tell you...Michael was highly recommended by previous clients and his peers. He is definitely well respected! We felt comfortable with Michael from the start to finish. He was pleasant, professional, and maintained communication throughout both cases. We were informed every step of the way. During my first call to him, I did not feel rushed when explaining the details of the case. He explained the legal process clearly and answered all of our questions. His rates are reasonable and we believe he genuinely cared about helping us. It brings tears to my eyes with everything we had to go through with the criminal justice system. We can't thank Michael enough for helping our family overcome the legal challenges, he is a blessing in our lives. Michael is well on his way to doing big things and we wish him prosperity and an abundance of success.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2019
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Review from AP
I am in the middle of a case I was terrified to handle by myself. Michael was referred to me by a good friend and has made the entire experience painless and taken an exteme amount of stress off my back. He walks me through, and consults me before he makes any decision. I couldn't ask for a better attorney for the situation I'm in. Thank you Michael for taking such a personal interest in my case. I wouldn't be able to handle it without you. AP
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Posted by Joyce Terry sis of Johnny | July 22, 2017
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Johnny Green
Mr. Covey is such an awesome attorney not only because he was my brother's attorney but he actually put his heart and soul into everything he does when it comes to his client not only does he take on his client but he takes on his client's family members and he communicates and he just makes them feel so comfortable and I just want to thank God so much for sending him to my family you will forever be remembered in my family I wish you so much success in your future thank you again so much Michael
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Posted by Danny Maldonado | November 1, 2012
Bright young lawyer
Mike Covey was a terrific lawyer. Articulate and great knowledge of the law. He handles my re-sentencing revocation spledidly. One of madison's best kept secrets in defense.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Covey Law Office
  • 2005 - Present

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 2002

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2021 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2007 - Present
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 2003 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • 2006 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Hanson Memorial Advocate's Prize
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2023
  • Kuchler Nicholson Stilling Award
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2023
  • 2019 Pro Bono Honor Society
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 2020
  • 1st Recipient of the Danny Berkos Award
  • Wisconsin State Public Defender
  • 2019
  • 2018 Pro Bono Honor Society
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 2019
  • David C. Niblack Award
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2019
  • 2017 Pro Bono Honor Society
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 2018
  • 2016 Pro Bono Honor Society
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 2017
  • 2015 Pro Bono Honor Society
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 2016
  • 2014 Pro Bono Honor Society
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 2015
  • Warrior of the Year
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Covey is a superlative attorney. His tireless dedication to his cases and clients, his compassion, empathy, and decency, and his courtroom skills are all extraordinary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Michael for several years, and was first introduced to him soon after I graduated from law school in 2010. He was wonderful about answering any practice questions I had, and I was amazed by the amount of courtroom experience he had. Unlike most attorneys, it seemed that he thrived on the chance to advocate for his client before a judge. He also is one of the most approachable yet intelligent people I know - which is truly a rare balance for an attorney. I would trust him with my closet friend or family member in the event they had a criminal issue."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is one of the most dedicated, skillful, and compassionate attorneys I've ever met, and I would recommend him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is one of the absolute best trial attorneys I know. I learn things from him every time I have the opportunity to watch him in action."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Covey is not only one of the most knowledgeable and professional attorneys I know, but he is one of the most generous with providing his time to help other attorneys with questions or issues in their cases. He is a passionate member of the profession who puts everything into fighting for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is highly skilled and you will be impressed by his determination and ability to help you reach a fair and just resolution."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Covey is a tireless, vigorous and effective advocate for his clients with a true passion for defending liberties. Mr. Covey's zealous defense of his clients has earned not only recognition, but significant respect among his professional peers as evidenced by his award of the Warrior of the Year award in 2011 from the Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association."
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Madison Criminal defense Lawyer Michael E. Covey
Michael E. Covey
Criminal defense Attorney
Madison, WI
Licensed for 20 years