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David E. Saperstein

Criminal defense Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2001
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About David

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David E. Saperstein is an experienced trial and appellate attorney specializing in criminal and DUI defense, at the respected Madison, Wisconsin law firm Hurley Burish, S.C.  He earned his law degree (J.D.) from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois in 1995. Prior to attending law school, David earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois (1987). This combination of conservatory theater/performance training and formal legal education make him uniquely well-suited for the courtroom.

Attorney Saperstein is first, and foremost, a trial lawyer. He is in his element, at his best, when he is advocating for his clients in the courtroom.

David inhabits a courtroom, in any number of counties in Wisconsin, on an almost daily basis. Throughout a nearly twenty-year career, he has defended his clients’ interests in countless jury trials and court trials in circuit and municipal courts throughout the state. Although serious felony, misdemeanor, and intoxicated driving cases make up the largest percentage of his work, David also handles quasi-criminal “forfeiture” matters, civil restraining orders, mental commitments and juvenile delinquency proceedings. He also represents clients in criminal appeals.

The courtroom is the stage where the client’s story is told, and David’s background as a Chicago conservatory-trained theater actor gives him a decided advantage in that arena. He understands that meticulous preparation and mastery of the facts and law are essential, but also improvisation, confidence on your feet and an ability to read the room make for a winning performance. His confidence and preparation have resulted in many acquittals, but also in many more dismissals short of trial.

David concentrates his practice defending individuals who have been accused of committing crimes in Wisconsin, and a significant portion includes defending client’s accused of intoxicated driving offenses (DUI/OWI), whether they are charged in municipal or circuit courts. David has received specialized training in intoxicated driving defense, including Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI Cases, sponsored by the National College for DUI Defense, and graduating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Practitioner’s Course, the same specialized training that a law enforcement officer takes to administer roadside Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.

David earned his law degree (JD) from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.

David is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, DUI Defense Lawyers Association, National College of DUI Defense, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Dane County Bar Association and Iowa County Bar Association.

Attorney Saperstein was admitted to the Wisconsin State Bar in September 2001, and has remained a member in good standing. He represents clients in municipal courts, state trial (circuit) courts and courts of appeals in Wisconsin.



You are innocent unless proven guilty. This is the foundational principle of our system of justice -and one that we take very seriously.


Constitutional Rights don’t assert themselves. They don’t protect themselves. Our rights are only as strong and as those who stand up for them. At Hurley Burish, S.C., we don’t shy away from the fight. We are energized by the battle, by the confrontation that is often necessary to stand up for our clients, and for their rights.


We have built our reputation on the respect that is given us by judges, prosecutors, law enforcement and other colleagues in the criminal justice apparatus — and we have earned that respect through many years of hard work, discipline, sound judgment, and aggressive defense of our clients’ cases. Most of all, we have built our reputation on our level of service to our clients — our commitment to do our best, every day, to achieve the best outcomes, to minimize the short and long-term negative consequences, and to defend their innocence.



We have devoted our entire careers to defending people accused of criminal and drunk driving offenses, in municipal, state (circuit court) and federal courts. We represent people charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses, and any level of drunk driving or other related traffic offenses. We also represent clients in restraining order hearings, juvenile delinquency and protective services cases, termination of parental rights trials and expungement proceedings. Our practice includes trial level defense as well as appeals, both state and federal.


Hurley Burish, S.C.
33 East Main Street
Suite 400
Madison, WI, 53703-3392

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Posted by Marcos | February 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding job dismissing my reckless driving and endangered safety ticket. Absolutely an impressive job.
David was able to get my reckless driving ticket dismissed. I was very impressed how effective and precise he defend my case.
Posted by James | February 5, 2020
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Two years ago, January, 2018, I had a life-changing event; I was arrested for an OWI. I was devastated! I consulted with and hired David Saperstein for legal assistance in dealing with my OWI. Briefly stated, David took care of EVERYTHING for me! I never had to appear in court; David handled everything related to the OWI. It was absolutely remarkable, and so reassuring to have David's legal services. It was a life-changing event for me; David provided me tremendous legal assistance in dealing with the incident. I could not have handled this on my own. I put my complete trust and confidence in David. David Saperstein is one remarkable, refreshing attorney. I will never, ever forget the legal services and related assistance David provided me in dealing with my OWI!
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Posted by James | February 4, 2020
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Worth every penny!
I hired Mr. Saperstein to be my Attorney in the Summer of 2017. I needed a good Attorney to represent me in a Criminal Case in Iowa and Grant counties. He was very professional in his work. We met at the courthouse before our time to be in court, to follow up on my case details. He showed up on time when he said he was going to be there. His fees were very reasonable. He returned my phone calls and emails promptly. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a reliable Criminal Defense or DUI Attorney.
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Posted by Pat | March 12, 2019
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Outstanding customer service!
David was very thorough and made sure both my wife and myself knew exactly what to expect. I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without his help.
Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2016
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3rd owi charges
David filed a motion to suppress the traffic stop saying it was not a justified stop and the motion passed so all charges were dropped. He is a great attorney and really did his homework to make this work.
Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2016
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fantastic representation
David was very educated about the law. He was always on top of responding to any and all questions I had regarding my case. Along with providing me with the best representation I could have hoped for.
Posted by Jeffry | February 18, 2016
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One vey good lawyer!
David Saperstein is a very good lawyer he understands the needs of a client and will not steer you wrong on your case,from the moment we started discussing my case David put me at easy that I hired the right law firm with his knowledge and calm manner ...I cannot' say enough positive about him ,you would be smart to retrain his skill set
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AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hurley Burish, S.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney/Associate
  • Bednarek Law Office, LLC
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Wisconsin State Public Defender
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Attorney/Associate
  • Karrmann, Buggs, Baxter & Reinicke
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Attorney/Owner
  • Saperstein Law Office
  • 2002 - 2004
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • DePaul University - The Theatre School
  • BFA - Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Richland County – Interference with Child Custody and Bail Jumping Charges Dismissed
  • Charges Dismissed
  • Dane County – OAR/Operating While Revoked Charges Dismissed
  • Dismissed
  • Sauk County – OWI Charge Dismissed
  • Dismissed
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  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Iowa County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English


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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (5)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is an experienced and highly effective attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is a creative, trusted and effective lawyer who gets good results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent Atty. Excellent listener, knows the law, gets good results, knows the court system and charges fair fees."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend David Saperstein. He is thorough and well-respected. David is a great attorney to hire and will represent you with the kind of advocacy anyone would want on their case. I have no hesitation in endorsing him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a very smart criminal defense attorney who really knows his way around Wisconsin courts. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As the Iowa County District Attorney I have had many cases with attorney Saperstein. David has always been a formidable adversary in the courtroom. I have the highest respect for his legal abilities and ethical standards."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
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