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Timothy R. Verhoff

Criminal defense Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1999
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

Attorney Verhoff began his legal career as an assistant district attorney for Dane County.  In short order, he graduated from trying misdemeanor and OWI cases to trying very complex murder, sexual assault, child abuse, and felony assault cases.  Attorney Verhoff was appointed Deputy District Attorney and held that position for nearly a decade.  


Attorney Verhoff’s skills are recognized by his peers in the legal community.  He is regularly named as one of Dane County’s top lawyers by Madison Magazine.  He has been noted as a BV-Distinguished lawyer by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review system.  And in 2007, Attorney Verhoff was recognized by the Wisconsin District Attorney’s Association as Wisconsin’s Deputy District Attorney of the Year.  


Bringing a significant and unique perspective to criminal defense, Mr. Verhoff can help you navigate the often confusing legal system. Mr. Verhoff can see your case from the prosecutor's perspective.  Mr. Verhoff was appointed State Bar Representative to The Wisconsin Supreme Court Planning & Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC) in 2014.


Chirafisi & Verhoff Sc
1 S Pinckney St Ste 952
Madison, WI, 53703-3391

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Posted by Steve | September 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no further
Tim knows better than anyone else the tactics the police and prosecution uses, so he knows and understands how things roll if your ever facing a legal tsunami. Before I made any statements to the police, I called Tim and knew right away that he was the lawyer for me compared to other law offices I called. I was facing 7 months in jail and up to $10,000 in fines and he made it all go away. Now what other lawyer around here and top that?
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2015
Takes time to understand and explain
Before ever giving him a dime, Tim took an hour out of his day to help me decipher my case and lay out my options. He is very knowledgeable and most importantly cares. He knows the OWI laws in Wisconsin are primarily a fee tax on the public, the field sobriety tests are designed for even sober drivers to fail, and the state statute limiting negotiated settlement before trial a ridiculous encumbrance. I would trust Tim to handle any OWI case given to him and believe he will get the best possible result for his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2015
Strongly recommended
I would strongly recommend Mr. Verhoff. He is professional, knowledgeable in law, and efficient. Mr. Verhoff reviewed all possible outcomes of the extremely serious charges against me and made a clear plan of action. He kept me informed as he continued to work with the prosecutor and ultimately secured the best possible resolution to my case. I am extremely satisfied with Mr. Verhoff's performance as my lawyer and would not hesitate to ask him to represent me again.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2015
Great legal partner
Having not had a lawyer on retainer or in need of one in the past, I was extremely fortunate to have Tim recommended by friends of mine. I was facing a misdemeanor battery charge and I was impressed from the first meeting to the last with Tim's skill/expertise, knowledge of the Madison legal scene and his straightforward approach in laying out the options in front of me. I am extremely happy with the partnership and the end result. While I don't plan to be in need of Tim's services again in my lifetime, if I have family or friends in need of an awesome legal partner, Tim's name will be the first and only one that I recommend.
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Posted by Jack | February 23, 2015
Traffic violation
Tim was very professional from my initial phone call to conclusion of my case. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again and would definitely recommend Tim for anyone looking for a Lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2015
Case Resolved Quickly And Favorably
I needed an attorney to represent me for a number of moving violations. I found Tim Verhoff on this website and was impressed with his background and experience. I met with him in his office where he outlined the cases against me, what I could expect from my cases, and how he would work for me. In the end, Attorney Verhoff got the most serious case against me dismissed, the remaining tickets took no points from my license, and my total fines consisted of less than $40 in court costs. If I ever find myself in need of an attorney in the future, my first call will be to Attorney Verhoff.
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Posted by Linda | February 21, 2015
Great to work with
Tim was honest and up front the entire time...didn't sugar coat anything. Gave 100% of himself to the case....Even though it is over, if we need something from him, he is more than willing to help.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Chirafisi & Verhoff, S.C.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Dane County District Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2010
  • Law Clerk & Associate Attorney
  • Axley Brynelson, LLP
  • 1997 - 1999


  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • OWI & PAC Dismissed-Dane County
  • Case Dismissed


  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Planning & Policy Advisory Committee (PPAC)
  • State Bar Representative
  • 2014 - Present
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 2011 - Present
  • James E. Doyle American Inn of Court
  • Master of Court
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Deputy District Attorney of the Year
  • Wisconsin District Attorneys Association
  • 2007
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • James E. Doyle American Inn of Court
  • Changing Roles and Perspectives in the Criminal Justice System
  • 2014
  • Intro to Legal Studies
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • 2013
  • Legal Studies 131
  • The Role of Prosecution and Defense in the Criminal Justice System
  • 2012
  • Intro to Legal Studies
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • 2012
  • Intro to Criminal Procedure
  • The Role of Prosecution and Defense in the Criminal Justice System
  • 2012
  • Legal Studies 131
  • The Role of Prosecution and Defense in the Criminal Justice System
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Tim Verhoff. I am a former assistant district attorney. I have had cases against Tim when he was a district attorney, I have co-counseled criminal cases with Tim. I have referred complicated criminal cases to Tim. He is extremely smart, caring about his clients, experienced and honest. These are among the most important traits any client would want in their criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim Verhoff is a terrific attorney and a wonderful colleague. Both when he was at the District Attorney's office and now that he is a defense attorney he knows the law, knows the people and gets great results. I can't recommend him highly enough!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Timothy. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Attorney Verhoff when he was my Evidence professor. It quickly became obvious that he was extraordinarily knowledgeable and experienced in criminal law; he took great pains to make sure we didn't just learn the rules of evidence, but that we learned how to use them as tools to serve our clients’ interests. Since that time, I have had the opportunity to observe him in action. From his first contact with a case through its final resolution, he treats his clients with dignity and respect, and leaves no stone unturned in advancing their interests. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
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