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Syovata K. Edari

Criminal defense Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Law Office of Syovata K. Edari

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Syovata

Learn Syovata’s areas of practice.

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  1. Criminal defense
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    Representation of clients charged with criminal offenses in state and federal court from arrest through trial in cases involving guns, fraud, narcotics, immigration related offenses, DUI, supervised release and probation violations, computer crimes, and many other serious federal and state crimes.

    21 years

I've been defending people against criminal prosecutions for more than ten years. I have appeared in courts throughout Wisconsin and I've practiced in three federal districts outside of Wisconsin. I have litigated at the trial and appellate levels. Over the past four years I have practiced exclusively in federal court in some very high stakes cases. I take every case seriously whether it is a state misdemeanor disorderly conduct or a federal drug conspiracy.

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Location

Law Office Of Syovata Edari
2810 Crossroads Drive, Suite 4000
Madison, WI, 53718

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Posted by Brian | December 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful woman
Ms Edari from the first time I talked to her was one of the most understanding people I have ever met. From the first time we talked to the very end of my legal business she was outstanding. She went from being a lawyer to being a wonderful friend. Syovata attacked my case with a fire and vigor you rarely ever see these days, and she always made her self available for questions or support whatever it happened to be. She taught me a lot about myself as a person and even know continues to help my growth.
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Posted by Mom | April 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My Son
Attorney Edari was WONDERFUL with not only my son who was in trouble, but me as a mom when I had questions. We spoke to another attorney about my sons case and all he seemed to care about was a paycheck and not helping my son. My son was facing time not only in jail but in prison, Attorney Edari worked long and hard to do what she could to lessen that time. While meeting with her and my son I could tell no one is a case number to her, they are human. She does not only care about helping with court, she stands up for that person and makes sure she gets them into a position they need. She discussed with my son getting into school, counseling, etc. She would check in with both of us to make sure things were going ok. She believed in my son changing as much as I do. My son ended up serving a month in jail and is now out trying to straighten his life up. He is with his young son who needs him. Which Attorney Edari made possible. Attorney Edari has a calming, caring presence about her the minute you meet her. I cannot say enough about the positive encounter we had with her. She is a wonderful human being and an excellent attorney. I thank her for all she did for us, especially my son. I would recommend Attorney Edari to everyone who wants and needs a great attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2014
She's more than just a Lawyer!!!
I met Vata, during the most horrific time in my life, I was facing felony child abuse charges. Vata was the third attorney that I had spoken with inregards to my case. The first two attorneys seemed as though they were straight to business and that's it. That left me feeling very unsure of hiring either one of them to represent me. Finally, a family member recommended Vata. I was a little reluctant at this point because this was going to be the third lawyer that I had spoken to about the chain of events that occurred. After the first conversation on the telephone, I knew she was the lawyer for me. She clearly explained everything to me. She told me what I needed to do to improve the outcome of my case and my life. Vata has become not only my lawyer, but my friend as well. She has called or texted me to see how I was doing and she made/and is making sure that I'm staying on my obligations that I have to do to satisfy for the court. She has went above and beyond for me and I greatly appreciate her so much. She helped me maintain my employment during the open case. Vata is the BEST Lawyer anyone could have, not only would I recommend her to family and friends, but I would also recommend her to strangers too. One of my best friends met Vata when we went to court and she said, "Oh I like her." Vata has saved my kids and my life and has given me the self-esteem and strength to know that we all make mistakes and that's ok. When it's all said...Vata cares...and that's what I respect the most about her!!!!
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Posted by Even | September 12, 2014
More than Just a Lawyer, but a wonderful human being
I am going to start off by saying thank you Syovata Edari, You gave me the strength to get through a nightmare that I thought would never end. Syovata is a person that never let's you down, her attention to detail is amazing, the time she takes to call you and visit you at home shows you how much she cares about your case. I have worked with other lawyers before and I can honestly say that none compare to the focus this woman puts into your situation. Syovata Edari treated me as a human being not just another client, she showed compassion towards my family and my self during our hard situation. I would recommend Syovata to anyone who needs a lawyer, do to her honesty and determination to fight for your until the very end and never giving up. Thank you Syovata Edari.
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Posted by jason | September 11, 2014
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I recommend this lawyer to all my family and friends ,she has a good heart and helps you understand all those big words and what all your charges mean .(very informative ) Vata called me many times and took time to talk to me about my charges,every other lawyer I've ever had were the most difficult people to get on the phone or to even meet with ,I believe with my heart that she actually cares about her clients and it shows . My fiance and I were very happy to have her as my lawyer ,and sit at home together every night thanking god above for her knowledge and understanding ,and that he give her the strength to continue to help people just like me .
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Posted by Christopher | September 3, 2014
To my friend and attorney-Highly determined, passionate, and well educated representation
I met Syovata Edari in a very tough time in my life. Through this tough time I was looking at 5-6 years in prison. Even though I have been a struggling addict for the last 10 years of my life she believed in me and was supportive through my case in US District Federal Court. There were times on more than one occasion that I leaned on her or that she noticed I was having trouble and showed concern and support and even took me out to lunch to get my head back on straight and guide me in the right direction. She was definitely not an attorney who was trying to get a quick and easy deal, she was trying to get things done in the right way. And in the end it paid off big time because we won our case. My case was a very complex case and she worked very hard to support my beliefs and protect my innocence and reputation. I would highly recommend Syovata Edari to anyone. She is not just an attorney, she is a friend and takes the time to understand your needs and your situation.
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Posted by the Don | August 25, 2014
Close call
I called attorney Edari in a time of extreme distress, on a criminal matter. It was very late and her response was amazing. She travel from another city to assist me. She defended my reputation and I was offered immunity in a situation that could have became more serious had we not reacted so swiftly. Today my name and reputation is not part of a national media frenzy and my freedom was never compromise
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Posted by Rebecca | July 15, 2014
THE BEST LAWYER ON PLANET EARTH!!!!
This lady is amazing. If it wasn't for vata id be in jail. She will fight til shes blue in the face for you. Shes believes in her clients innocence. She kept me informed at all times. Shes is very helpful. I would call her at all hours of the day and night and she would answer and sit on the phone with me for hors. My daughter was hospitalized and she was very supportive and when my daughter was taken off of life support she was there when my daughter passed she was there. When the funeral was she was there. Shes a genuine person who is hard working and determined to win your case and get you justice. I recommend her to anyone and everyone shes the best. Everyone in my family would agree. If you wanna win your case what ever it maybe hire her. Shes unexplainable. Shes that great. I would say she is a great friend now. Iam glad I found vata. Shes great. Her determination and drive is what has inspired me to enroll in law school myself. I want to be like vata. Shes a role model for sure. She is a fighter. She will win she wont stop til she does!!! Thank you from the bottom of heart vata for every thing!! #1lawyer in the planet!!!!!!!
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Posted by Daniel | April 12, 2013
Excellent Representation
Absolutely a fantastic lawyer and an exceptional person. Vata is extremely knowledgeable of the law and legal procedures and very passionate about seeking justice for her clients. I am very fortunate to have had Vata Edari represent me in U.S. District Court.
Posted by Alicia | November 29, 2012
yellow brick road.......
Syovata Edari.....I am free ...was it the law....& the judge honoring it....yes....however! This dedicated ..hard working...insightful....hands on ..captivating beautifully efficient lawyer did the math!! W/ out her researched briefs...w/ out her cross examination.....w/ out her ability to be tenasious ....most importantly its not just a job....she has fire....she gives 1000 percent.....& obvious over time....Edari was given in one instance 24 hrs to address briefs..on a motion for my release...@ this time she was preparing & I believe having trial on a major case....she somehow came up w all the right case historys....completed & had my paperwork in on time....so there for ...the honorable judge...ultimetly had no choice but to dismiss.....& then again to honor the appeal......I wasent guilty ...for the first time in my life....I am a career criminal....in the court systems eyes.....w/ out Edari......id be rotting in county...w/ possibilities of dying in prison....now because of her passion for life...for the law ...& who she is as a strong woman.....I am @ home ...w/ my family....
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Posted by Cheryl | September 24, 2012
My saving grace!
I would not be free if it weren't for this awesome lady. The representation I received from her was like what one might see in a movie or a television show. I never imagined there were people like Ms Edari practicing in this profession. She had quite a job on her hands with my case and my criminal history which was a minimum of five years in prison for me on the federal guidelines, where I was a catagory 6. In the beginning, Ms. Edari believed in me more than I believed in myself, but her faith in me was infectious, her exceptional skills coupled with the fact she was willing to fight for me gave me pause to contemplate my own worth, and the momentum has continued in my life. If I would have been appointed ANY other attorney, I would be sitting in federal prison right now. That is a fact. Ms Edari is indeed a Maverick in her field of expertise, and I thank God for that, otherwise I would have been cast away with a number as my identifier.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Office Of Syovata Edari
  • 2013 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • Federal Defenders Of Eastern Washington & Idaho
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Assistant Federal Defender
  • Federal Public Defender for the District of Kansas
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Office of Syovata Edari
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Trial Attorney
  • Trial Division- State Public Defender
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Appellate Attorney
  • Appellate Division- State Public Defender
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Judicial Intern
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • 2001 - 2001
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Education

  • Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts
  • Chocolatier
  • 2015
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • Criminal Trial Specialist
  • 2012
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • law
  • 2001
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 1996
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States of America v. Alicia Favro
  • Dismissed after winning motion to suppress
  • United States of America v. Christopher Keller
  • Dismissed after winning motion to suppress
  • United States of America v. Gary Hall et al
  • Dismissed on defense motion to dismiss
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Associations

  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • National Legal Counsel
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Whistleblowers Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Attorney Referral Service Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Association of Federal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Legal Innovator
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 2014
  • Access Legal Services Award
  • UW-Law School
  • 2001
  • University of Wisconsin- Madison
  • Hilldale Research and Writing Award
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Conference
  • Legal Innovation
  • 2015
  • KACDL conference
  • Federal Sentencing Mitigation
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (31)
Endorse Syovata
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vata is tough, smart and serious. She is also compassionate and empathetic. A great combination of characteristics. I'd definitely put my trust in her."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vata is one of the most passionate defense attorneys I know. She backs up her intelligence with toughness and practicality that benefits her clients. I'd want her as my defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Vata is an incredibly gifted attorney. Any attorney can read cases and spit back the words of a case to a court. But a truly gifted attorney can take the words of a case and interpret them for a court to benefit a client. This is what Vata does on a consistent basis for her clients with great results. Her intelligence is also matched by her compassion for people. If you are looking for an intelligent and compassionate lawyer, Vata is your attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Vata is a consummate professional and a tireless advocate for her clients. She not only know the law, but cares deeply for those who need her help."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Edari is an aggressive and respected attorney who gets results that are unmatched. Her record speaks for itself, taking cases where there is an exposure of years in federal prison and getting a probation disposition. Attorney Edari will leave no stone unturned and will ensure that you get the best result possible. If your case is a trial case, she will try your case and present the best defense possible. If my family or friends needed an attorney I would recommend Attorney Edari."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Attorney Edari. She is an inspiration to fellow defense attorneys as knowledgeable, tough, and persistent, but also is warm, friendly and easy to talk to. Any client would be lucky to have her."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Edari by giving her the highest compliment one criminal defense attorney can give another...if I was in trouble I would trust her as my lawyer. Attorney Steven Kohn"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She was a federal defender for a few years, which I equate with playing in the major league. She cares about right and wrong as well as people."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Edari is one of the brightest and most capable attorneys practicing criminal defense that I know. Her attention to detail and passion to defend her client is what sets her apart. I recommend her without reserve."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Syovata Edari is a real winner!"
Federal crime Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Syovata gave a wonderful presentation to our criminal defense seminar in Wichita this month. Her thoughts on mitigating the impact of the guidelines in federal sentencing were insightful and will no doubt help many of our members get the best possible result for their client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working with Vata on a very high profile, complex white collar case. Vata came into the case late, but caught up in a hurry. She never faltered in her belief of her client's innocence and wrote one of the best motions to dismiss I have read. The case was dismissed on other grounds, but I am confident her motion would have been granted. I would recommend Vata to anyone needing a caring, professional and hard working criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vata is very bright and extremely dedicated to the profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Ms. Edari has handled both criminal appeals and trials. When presented with a challenging case, she is not afraid to try it. I was recently in court and proud to hear a jury tell her client that he was NOT GUILTY of a serious offense."
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