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David D. Relles

Personal injury Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1977
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury

    46 years, 250 cases

  2. Litigation

    46 years, 100 cases

  3. Administrative law

    46 years, 50 cases

  4. Criminal defense

    46 years, 300 cases

I’m one of the best.  I have been practicing law in Wisconsin for 40 years.  Many clients have told me, “You’re the best,” but I recognize that other lawyers are also very skilled.  Please see my client reviews to learn what my clients say about me at the conclusion of their cases.


Simply put, my effort is to be the best:  To me that means to use my experience, intelligence and sensitivity to each client’s situation, to get the best possible resolution for each client.  It also means that I strive to be the best by being honest and clear in my explanations and by being very available when each client needs to communicate with me, by phone, by email, or in person.  To be the best I also deal fairly with my client on their legal fees.

I have been practicing law in Wisconsin for more than 40 years.  When a client wants to hire a lawyer for an injury case or for defense of a criminal case, what does the client want:  Clients want a lawyer who is honest, intelligent, experienced, and a straight-shooter.  Clients also want a lawyer who will keep them informed of the status of their case and what to expect going forward.  I always do my best to perform in each of these areas.   My goal is not to impress each client just to get hired.  Rather, my goal is to do such a good job for each client that, when their case is done, my client would be confident in referring a friend or family member to me.  Please take a look at my client reviews.


Reuter, Whitish & Evans, S.C.
44 East Mifflin
Suite 306
Madison, WI, 53703

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Posted by JR | July 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Representation
I wasn't very knowledgeable as far as area lawyers so I contacted David based on a recommendation from a friend. David was very thorough when explaining all aspects of my personal injury case from the first meeting to the last. He kept me informed throughout the case and updated me when needed. At the end of the case I felt I had chosen the perfect legal representative and was very satisfied with the outcome.
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Posted by J | June 9, 2017
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Good natured, sensible, understated, smart
David was unflappable in all circumstances and dealing with the world's worst insurance company. We had utmost confidence in him. He genuinely cared and did the best he could for us and we are pleased with the outcome of our case. At times in your life there is nothing more important than having a good lawyer. I will tell anyone who asks me they should call David.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2017
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Consummate Professional
My experience with David Relles could not have been more positive. He provided consistent communication and updates on my case all throughout the process. Mr. Relles welcomed my questions, and provided thorough, complete answers. At all times, I felt like my case was the only one Mr. Relles was working on. I know enough to know he's very busy, but provided a high level of attentiveness to me and my case.
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Posted by anonymous | September 21, 2016
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Skillful and Down to Earth.
We hired David for what turned out to be a very unusual and extremely challenging case. Its successful resolution is due solely to David's persistence, thoroughness, diligence, expertise and desire to provide us with the best representation possible. From the moment we met, David showed compassionate understanding and patience. All that mattered to him was that he understand the details of our case so that he could help us in the best way possible. During our introductory meeting, he made a crucial phone call to get the ball rolling for us, even though we hadn't hired him yet. Very impressive! He is a careful and precise communicator who quickly follows up with needed meetings, phone calls, and emails. If you want a down-to-earth lawyer with masterful skills, we highly recommend him!
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Posted by Kelsey | August 22, 2016
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Perfect Choice
We came to David based off of a recommendation from a coworker. I was the victim of an auto accident and had no idea where to start or what to do when it came to seeking damages for my injuries. David was so professional and knowledgeable, but most importantly, my husband and I felt comfortable working with him and really trusted him. He was very straightforward with us and told us what to expect and what we deserved. He represented us very well throughout our 16 month process. While being involved in a personal injury case is never fun, David helped me settle the case better than I ever could have on my own. I can say without a doubt that if we are ever in need of a lawyer again, David will be our first call.
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Posted by Jane | August 18, 2016
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Very professional with an awesome personality.
Mr. Relles was extremely helpful every time we needed him. He went above and beyond our expectations of what a lawyer does. A very personal and caring individual.
Posted by Bill Vlasak | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tremendous Work Ethic!
My daughter had a hit and run. David Relles got the case dismissed. It was like it never happened. David is so calm, and was a pleasure to work with. David made my daughter and myself feel so comfortable. It was an honor to have David as our attorney! Thank You David Sincerely Bill
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional smart polite and punctual
Attorney Relles came highly recommended by a family member. After quickly reviewing my criminal case he gave a clear concise and comprehensive evaluation of it. The results he achieved were amazing as he surpassed all of my best scenario expectations for the outcome of my case. We were able to get first case completely dropped and the other case reduced and the fine cut in half in a plea bargain. Attorney Relles is true professional a master at his craft. I truly highly recommend him if you are looking for one of the areas best criminal defense attorneys in the State.
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Posted by Jessica | February 10, 2016
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Great Lawyer
I was in an auto accident where the other driver had road rage, It was extremely stressful and terrifying. David was kind understanding and extremely empathetic towards what I was going thru. He was very informative about the process and explained anything I didn't understand in a very easy way for me to understand. He was upfront about all situations that may come up and helped guide me thru this difficult time. The other party and his lawyers were very difficult to work with but David did such a great job countering them. If you want a fair honest lawyer who only has your interest at heart-- David is the one you need.
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Posted by Jody | January 17, 2014
Highly recommended Lawyer
When I realized I needed a lawyer, I asked friends and family about recommendations and was referred to David Relles. I knew right away that I made the right choice. David treated me with respect, answered all of my questions and concerns, and most importantly kept me informed on every step of the process. He talked me through all the options that I had and never pressured me to go one way or the other. I really felt that David had my back through everything. David Relles resolved my case without it going to trial, which was an absolute relief to me. I know he was prepared to go if we needed to, but due to his experience and knowledge it never did. I highly recommend David Relles to anyone that wants to work with a professional lawyer who cares about his clients. He changed my opinion of lawyers.
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Posted by Amanda | July 31, 2013
Highly Recommended
In 2009 my father was in a tragic accident and suffered a brain injury, from which he passed away from nearly one year later. My parents were divorced and so legal responsibilities fell to my brother and I who were in our 20's at the time. David Relles was highly recommended by the Victim representative from Dane County. We interviewed several attorneys and David Relles was the only one who took time from his own busy schedule to come to the hospital to meet with our family and answer our many questions even prior to being hired. We have never regretted for a moment our choice to hire David Relles. Throughout the entire process David went above and beyond what I believe any other attorney would have, even offering personal advice for handling situations involving family members during the highly stressful time. Being young and no longer able to obtain the advice from my father, words can't describe how much this was appreciated. In the years that have followed my family and I have always been able to contact him regarding different situations and he has always provided us with helpful, honest advice; even if that advice was to recommend hiring an attorney more experienced to handle whatever situation. His fees were extremely reasonable and my brother and I are very happy with the settlement David Relles acquired for our father. To provide you with an idea of how personable and outgoing David Relles is, he knew that my father enjoyed blues music and had CD's made up for him. He also visited my father a few times and even attended his funeral. I know that David Relles truly cared for my father and our family. If you are as unfortunate as we were to suffer such a horrific accident, the best advice I could give you is to hire this man to help you.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Reuter, Whitish & Evans, S.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Relles & Milliken, LLP
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Relles & Long
  • 2002 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Relles, Meeker & Borns
  • 1996 - 2002
  • Lecturer, Trial Advocacy
  • University Of Wisconsin Law School
  • 1996 - 1996
  • Partner
  • Stolper, Koritizinsky, Brewster & Neider
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Partner
  • Clifford & Relles
  • 1985 - 1992
  • Associate, then Partner
  • Koritzinsky, Neider, Langer & Roberson
  • 1980 - 1985
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Outagamie County District Attorney's Office
  • 1977 - 1980
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  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hit-and-run criminal offense
  • Dismissal of criminal case
  • Settlement of personal injury case
  • Case settled for almost $1,000,000


  • Dane County Bar Association
  • member, Delivery of Legal Services Committee
  • 2010 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • member
  • 1996 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • member
  • 1978 - Present
  • James E. Doyle American Inn of Court
  • Chief of Staff to the President
  • 2007 - 2011
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • member, Fee Arbitration Committee
  • 2006 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Citizenship Award
  • Madison Magazine
  • 2004
  • Most Improved third-year student
  • Catholic University of America
  • 1977
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  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • No Casino in Madison
  • 2004
  • Wisconsin State Journal
  • Election Editorial
  • 1996
  • Pamphlet for Collectors
  • Wisconsin Collection Law
  • 1985

Speaking Engagements

  • Medical Students Forum
  • Depositions and Licensing Issues for Physicians
  • 2015
  • forum for medical students
  • Law of Medical Malpractice
  • 2015
  • Mueller Radio Show
  • Finding a Lawyer
  • 2011
  • Rotary Club
  • Criminal Preliminary Hearings
  • 2010
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Fee Arbitration in Wisconsin
  • 2008
  • Rotary Club
  • Insurance Law in Wisconsin
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (7)
Endorse David
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David has the skills and experience to win cases other lawyers regard as hopeless. His experience and intelligence allow him to uncover strategies and fresh approaches to legal problems that other attorneys miss. He is a versatile, insightful, and wise advocate for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is a conscientious compassionate advocate for his clients. His years of experience and knowledge of new legal developments in the area of personal injury law are invaluable. I would not hesitate to refer personal injury clients to David for hands on, personal and effective representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have personally referred many individuals to David for representation in criminal matters over the last two decades. Many of these persons have been facing serious criminal penalties and without exception David has done not only earned their praise, but also succeeded in reaching a great resolution of their cases. I highly recommend David to anyone who finds himself or herself charged with a crime."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Relles is a fine lawyer who is skillful in advocating, and who always puts his clients first. David represents what is the best in lawyers - advocating ethically and effectively for clients. In addition, David brings extraordinary creativity to the cases he handles. In this way, he advances his clients' cases beyond what ordinary lawyers could do. David is a fine lawyer - ethical, smart, creative. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Relles is a very experienced and well respected attorney in the community. He obtains excellent results for his clients, in part because he has decades of legal experience, including work as a prosecutor, but also because he is genuinely dedicated to his profession and his clients. Dedication, knowledge and trial experience are very important characteristics to consider when hiring an attorney. Attorney Relles would be my first choice if I every need to hire my own lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an extremely effective and knowledgeable lawyer. I have referred several clients to him and am always confident they will receive excellent advice and assistance."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is a model of professionalism and dedication to his clients, and his knowledge of personal injury and criminal law is extensive. He is thorough and detail-oriented in his management and evaluation of case files. I endorse him without hesitation."
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Madison Personal injury Lawyer David D. Relles
David D. Relles
Personal injury Attorney
Madison, WI
Licensed for 46 years