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David M. Stegall

Criminal defense Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   16 reviews

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David M. Stegall is an accomplished attorney and shareholder at Lawton & Cates. In his 15+ years in practice, he has successfully represented clients in numerous complex cases involving serious bodily injury, workers’ compensation, civil litigation, and criminal defense. He is known for his zealous defense of his clients’ rights and is highly respected throughout the state of Wisconsin for his accomplishments in the legal field.
Prior to entering private practice, David Stegall worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee County. As a prosecutor, he tried hundreds of cases, serving as lead prosecutor in more than 40 jury trials. Before beginning his legal career, he served as a Calvary Officer in the United States Army and is a passionate supporter or our military veterans. He is a member of numerous important legal organizations, including the Wisconsin Association for Justice, the American Inns of Court, and the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, among others.


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Licensed for 16 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/05/2022

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

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Lawton & Cates
345 W Washington Ave
Suite 201
Madison, WI, 53703


5.0 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very good lawyer
I was very impressed with the work that Mr. Stegall did for me on my case. He went over all the possiblilities that I could encounter through the process. Was very informative. Provided me with answers to any questions I had. Was very responsive to any time I needed to communicate with him. I would strongly recommend David Stegall.
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Posted by Elaine | January 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
David shows and executes excellent knowledge and understanding of both state and federal laws. He is as a two edged sword with his extremely capable understanding from both the standpoint of defense and prosecution, yet his greatest tool is his most humble and respectful demeanor both with his clients and with the opposition. His eagerness for furthering what is right is refreshing and encouraging. If I am ever in need of legal help of any kind again, I have no doubts nor hesitations I will be going directly back to David Stegall.
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Posted by Deb | July 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David Stegall - Very Informative and Helpful Lawyer
My son unexpectedly was in need of a lawyer. David was very patient explaining what could or would happen. He informed us of exactly what to expect in court (needless to say we were both a little nervous). He responded to questions in a reasonable amount of time. Our outcome was very positive.
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
David Stegall represented me during a very tough time, and helped me to get the best possible outcome for my situation. I couldn't be happier. I would highly recommend David Stegall for all of my legal matters.
Posted by Bonnie | September 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of David M. Stegall, Attorney at Law
David Stegall made an honest, thorough assessment of our case. Updates were frequent and detailed. Phone calls and e-mails were returned/answered promptly in a friendly, supportive manner. Mr. Stegall had made no promises but was able to resolve the case in the way we had hoped for.
Posted by Jim | July 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Diligent, knowledgeable and effective
We unexpectedly found ourselves in need of a lawyer for our son. From the first contact, David Stegall impressed us with his intimate knowledge of the court system, his integrity and his empathy. As he says, he can’t just make everything go away. However, my son followed all of his advice and as a result of David Stegall’s due diligence and expertise in presenting the case, the sentence and the charges were greatly reduced. I hope I will never find myself in a similar situation again, but if I ever do, I know who I will call. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Janice | May 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Fast, friendly, gets the job done!
Mr. Stegall is one of the best attorneys I've had the pleasure of working with. He's very friendly. Helpful. Always returns calls. And I was very satisfied with the way he handled my traffic case. He's now handling my daughters traffic case. He's my choice file an attorney always!! Highly recommend.
Posted by Stephanie | February 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
UW-Madison Student Ticket Violation
Mr Stegall and his legal assistant Christine were wonderful to work with. They made the process very streamline and painless to handle my college student's traffic violation. He was very timely and handled everything from start to finish. Handling the case from out of town seemed like a major deal, but they took care of everything. I highly recommend them if you need anything in Dane county, especially handling college students!! I would use them again. Very professional. I obtained them from Hyatt Legal services through my employer and they were excellent. We are very happy with our outcome. !
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Posted by Mark | October 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal charge
Very good lawyer did exactly what he said he would, would even contact me on weekend if i chose, would recommend to anyone. Thanks again Dave
Posted by Penni | June 24, 2015
Believes in Justice !
I was mistakenly charged with felony child abuse. Mr. Stegall gave me the confidence I needed to fight the charges. He kept me informed about every aspect of the court proceedings. Each and every time I stepped into court I knew what to expect . Not only was he prepared but he made sure I was too. Initially I was very afraid and unsure. Mr. Stegall believed in my innocence from the very beginning, he fought rigorously to the very end. !There was a time I became so exhausted that I almost pled to a lesser charge just to get my life back. However Mr. Stegall was determined to seek justice. In the end justice prevailed,the charges were dropped. If you need someone to fight on your behalf wholeheartedly he's the one you want to call!
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2015
Trustworthy, Honest and Very Communicative
I was involved in damages to property that I flat out did not do, but the police and court did not care to hear my side of the story. It was, as David says, easy and convenient for them to just say it was my fault. So I felt alone and helpless until I got into contact with David Stegall. From the start David was very understanding and courteous. He was always willing to help walk me through the process and tell me what was to be expected so I was never meet with any surprises. In the end David Stegall was able to have my case dropped and a huge stress was lifted off my shoulders. I am very thankful I found David Stegall when I was looking for an attorney and would easily recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Jim | March 2, 2015
Thorough and compassionate
I was arrested due to strict police policy for an issue which if the officers had any discretion, most likely would not have resulted in arrest. But the justice system is blind and left to its own devices, would have ground me up and cost me my job at the least. I submitted an online request for help on a weekend and Dave responded far sooner than I had imagined possible. We had a thorough talk about the facts and likely outcomes and Dave both described what he could and would do for me as well as how I could expect events to play out. Dave got an excellent result for me (no charges filed) by virtue of being prepared and respectfully aggressive on my behalf. I am very satisfied and and as other reviewers have stated, Dave is both the guy you want in your corner for a legal matter and someone you could be proud to call a friend.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2014
A caring and compassionate lawyer.
I met Attorney Stegall at a time in my life when, after suffering a horrible betrayal, I was feeling powerless to prevent injustice. He told me I could trust him to be there until the end and that I would not have to face what was to come alone. Attorney Stegall proved not only to be trustworthy, but a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and committed lawyer. His communication with me was always open and effective. I will forever be grateful to him.
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Posted by Scott | June 29, 2013
Great lawyer and person
I had the unfortunate need for an attorney on a weekend, the day before leaving on a trip that would force me to miss my court date, creating a lot of anxiety for many reasons. Not only did Dave contact me on that Saturday, but he assured me that he could take my case in a conservative way to help minimize costs. He explained the overall process and made me feel very calm and confident that I could leave with my future in good trustworthy hands. He was able to get my charges dropped before the court date. I could not possibly have found a better result or more honorable attorney. During the whole process I knew that I had made a great decision by hiring Dave. I would be happy to serve as a reference or recommend him in the future.
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Posted by Robert | April 12, 2013
One of the Best Attorney's in the Madison Area
Attorney Stegall handled my DUI case and the State of WI wanted to charge me with a 3rd offence (even though my other two DUIs were over 13 years earlier). He was able to get it reduced back down to a 1st. This saved me jail time, a much larger fine and my license revocation was minimal. He is a GREAT communicator and make what is a very stressful time...much less stressful!!.. I have already recommend him to several of my business clients and personal friend... It was one of the best calls I have ever made.
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Posted by Wes | February 23, 2013
Excellent Lawyer - Good Human Being
David M. Stegall simply decimated my legal opponent, a landscape contractor, who filed for Restraining Order, because I criticized his workers for poor job done on condominium grounds, where I live. The court quickly dismissed the case. Well, it was not just a talent. Mr. Stegall prepared for the court event very meticulously and the number of questions he had ready to ask astonished me. David Stegall spontaneously combines flawless professionalism with empathy. This comes natural with him, so you quickly start seeing him as a friend. I believe that David Stegall is not only a very good lawyer but also a good human being. I want to live a peaceful life but I know one thing beyond any doubt: If I have another legal problem, I immediately call David Stegall.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Lawton & Cates
  • 2012 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2012


  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, Aggravated Battery
  • Due to Attorney Stegall’s hard work and advocacy, the jury returned not guilty verdicts on both counts.
  • Possession of Child Pornography
  • Not Guilty
  • 1st Degree Sexual Assault (three counts)
  • Not Guilty on All counts
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  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2012 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Criminal Trial Advocate
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2020
  • Platinum Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Cum Laude
  • Marquette University Law School
  • 2006
  • Distinguished Military Graduate
  • United States Army
  • 1997
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  • Traffic Law and Practice in Wisconsin (State Bar of Wisconsin)
  • 2019-2020 Supplement
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • DUI
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (6)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When I was a prosecutor, I had many cases with Attorney Stegall, including a jury trial. His experiences as a prosecutor prepared him perfectly to guide people through the criminal justice system; he knows what should happen and how to make it happen. He is easily one of the best attorneys I have known, and I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense 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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Attorney Stegall since his days in the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office and have always found him to be professional, knowledgeable and very fair. Attorney Stegall is someone I would have no problem referring a friend or family member to."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Stegall is a great lawyer. I have known him since he was an Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee County. He always showed courtesy and respect in and out of court. His litigation skills are A-one."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"David is an extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful litigator. As a former Assistant District Attorney, he has better courtroom experience and trial skills than the vast majority of his peers. I would trust David with any criminal or complex civil litigation matter."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first got to know Dave when he worked for the Milwaukee District Attorney's Office. He was always very fair in his approach to cases, and very knowledgeable about the law and facts of each case he handled. Since he joined Lawton & Cates, I have consulted with him a number of occasions and value his input. I would not hesitate to recommend Dave because he is honest, genuine, and intelligent."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor, David tried numerous cases. His trial experience has undoubtedly benefitted him in private practice and will continue to do so. He's a great lawyer who is easy to work with and gets great results for his clients. I definitely recommend David Stegall."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"We worked together (as opposing counsels) on a big criminal case and we were able to settle it while engaging in a professional and amicable communication regarding the details of the case and finally the details of the settlement. He was straightforward and honest as it came to the details of the case and we were able to engage in efficient work in finalizing all the details of the settlement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David Stegall is an outstanding lawyer. His knowledge of criminal law is exemplary, and his ability to work amicably with opposing counsel without sacrificing his client's interest is an indispensable asset. I highly recommend David Stegall."
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