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Michael R. Cohen

Criminal defense Attorney at Eau Claire, WI

4.8   35 reviews
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    My primary focus is on sex crime defense and high level felony crimes including, but not limited to, homicide and other violent crimes, domestic violence offenses, white collar crimes, drug offenses, and property crimes.

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%
    My focus is on any serious high level DUI/DWI/OWI offense including, but not limited to, all felony level offenses, injury and death cases, CDL offenses, and other driving offenses involving negligent, intoxicated or drugged driving.

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Location

Cohen Law Offices, LLC
17 S Barstow St
PO Box 1938
Eau Claire, WI, 54702

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Janet | November 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Amazing Savior
I will be the first to tell you that, if you have your life on the line and you need a savior, you should hire Mr. Cohen. We hired him to defend our son against the highest charge: 1st degree intentional homicide. The incident resulted in a mans death, but it was self-defense. Our son was attacked in his own home. We could have lost our son forever but, thanks to Mr. Cohen, our son gets to have a future. His expertise in his profession, and his knowledge of the law, was absolutely amazing. I am positive that, without Mr. Cohen, we would not of had the result that we did. I never in my life would have thought that I would need someone like him but I thank god every day that he was there. The state even gave the jury the option of 1st degree reckless homicide, in case they couldn't find him guilty of the first charge. With Mr. Cohen's belief in our son, and his dedication to getting the facts to the jury, it ended up with a "not guilty" on both charges!!! They say that when things get really tough you should call on all of your angels.....Mr. Cohen was ours. This is an extraordinary man that believes in what he does and, as a mother, he will always hold a special place in my heart.
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Posted by Jacqueline | November 13, 2017
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The Best of the Best
Bravo to Mr. Cohen and his wonderful team of experts!! When dealing with a very stressful and delicate situation-and especially when things were handled so inappropriately by the other parties involved-Mr. Cohen was very reassuring, prompt and diligent in handling every detail. He explained the law in layman's terms, meanwhile was compassionate and caring, as were the members of his law firm. He definitely has his clients' backs at all times, knows the law inside and out, and takes no prisoners! Thank you, Mr. Cohen, and your firm. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone.
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Posted by Linda | July 10, 2021
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Hardest working attorney in Eau Claire
Wish I could give more stars. Mr Cohen did an outstanding job. I would recommend him in a heart beat. Compassionate and knowledgeable in every thing he did. Always able to answer any questions of find the answers. Thank you for your hard work with my cousins case!
Posted by Chad | October 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Weapon charge
I hired Mike a few years back due to a serious accusation against me. I had no clue the serious nature of the charges because I have never been violent or even touched another person in anger. Once I learned the nature of the charges, I was referred to Mike by a highly respected family lawyer. After hiring Mike the entire system was easy to deal with and court was always short and sweet. Today I retain my constitutional rights. If it weren’t for the media I would live a normal and happy life, the only problem is all charges were not dismissed making me appear guilty. I did expect all charges to be dismissed due to many factors and question why they were not. My only assumption is Mike must have considered me to be guilty. The good news is I am able to live a normal life besides I lost my entire professional career and have no hope of recouping that, so my education expenses are flushed down the toilet. If you are in a relationship with a alcoholic abuser, just leave before they do things like this to you.
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Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2018
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Phenomenal Lawyer
I hired Mr. Cohen for my serious felony case that carried a mandatory minimum prison sentence. He told me he would win and keep me out of prison. He did as he said he would. Obviously, you can't do better. If you care about your case, spend the money and hire him.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
best lawyer ever
Mr, Cohen is by far the best lawyer i have ever encountered. He never stops working for you. He is truthful, kind and caring. He has done miracles because he never stops trying and he never will. Its a part of him that cares for humanity.
Posted by anonymous | March 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
My husband and I highly recommend Mr. Cohen to anyone that is in serious trouble. Our daughter faced very serious charges involving her children. It was a complex case with mitigating factors. Michael and his team of experts were able to sort out these complications. He clearly had a very good working relationship with the District Attorney. The two of them were able to come to a reasonable agreement on behalf of our daughter. It was a difficult case. She was facing many, many long years in jail. With the expertise of Mr. Cohen and his team she will still have a life after. The outcome of our case was much, much less. Mr. Cohen knows the law and his team are experts in their field. I would not hesitate to recommend this attorney to anyone that finds themselves in serious trouble. I had no knowledge of navigating through the judicial system. It is stressful and overwhelming. Michael Cohen is the expert you want. He is honest and upfront.
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Posted by Thomas | November 4, 2017
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An Amazing Attorney
In April of 2016 I was charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide. In October 2017 I was found Not Guilty at Jury Trial of both First Degree Intentional Homicide, as well as the State's lesser included charge of First Degree Reckless Homicide. Mike was with me the entire time. Through the good and the bad. To be honest there probably wasn't a single moment I could qualify as "good." He's the best. An absolute pro. He did everything that needed to be done. When he speaks the Jury listens. He's worth every penny. He saved my life. I can tell you that no matter what problem life has thrown at you... if you choose Mike, you'll have the best possible chance you could ever even hope for. I truly admire this man and everything he is capable of.
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Posted by Bradley | October 10, 2017
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The Real Deal
I hired Mike to represent me when the state accused me of committing two felonies and a plethora of traffic violations. The two felonies, operating a motor vehicle without owners consent and 2nd degree reckless endangering safety, held a maximum penalty of 16 years. (8 in confinement, 8 on extended supervision) I was also charged with an OWI and other traffic citations. The state had the evidence they need to prosecute me but they didn't have Mike. Mr. Cohen wrote up a plea deal which did not include jail time and I was more than happy with it. The district attorney agreed and we settled the case. When all is said and done I will end up without a criminal record and a ton of opportunities I wouldn't have had if it wasn't for Mike. If you are in need of representation pull out your pocketbook and get yourself the best lawyer around. He isn't going to be your friend, hold your hand or comfort you along the way. He will work his ass off and get you another chance. Show up on time and do as he says, Mike handles the rest.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Cohen is extremely intelligent and knows the law well. He does not avoid issues and is straight forward. I was represented by Mr. Cohen for a DUI and he explored every avenue in my case and represented me as well as I could have asked for. His knowledge and honesty are great attributes to his ability as a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You need Michael Cohen if you are reading this! He will absolutely take care of you.
We hired Mr. Cohen for our son who was facing first degree attempted homicide, first degree reckless endangerment, and bail jumping. We called Mr. Cohen on a Sunday morning and he returned our call by 10:00 a.m. and he was at the jail by 2:00 p.m. talking to our son. Our son was attacked while working on a Saturday night. He defended himself with a knife against drunk young men. We ended up going to trial in front of a jury. Mr. Cohen was amazing from questioning potential jurors all the way through the 4 day trial. He was "on the edge your seat" riveting during the trial! He knew every detail of the police reports. He made the state's witnesses look like fools and proved they were lying. Even the police witnesses seemed to help our case when Mr. Cohen was cross examining them. After the state rested with their argument, Mr. Cohen had the first and third charges thrown out. The first degree reckless endangerment is what went to the jury. After a 7 hour deliberation, the jury came back as not guilty! Our son got his life and his future back. Our family can now be whole again and start the healing process after 21 months of a nightmare. Mr. Cohen was worth every penny and then some. We are so lucky to have a lawyer of this caliber in the Eau Claire area!
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Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2016
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Satisfied/saved my life
I hired Mike after I was charged with 1st degree sexual assault in 2015. I hired him after reading his reviews and recommendations from friends. I was very stressed about my case. My English is not the best so I was worried if we would be able to communicate effectively. He told me not to worry and to let him worry about it, he knows what he is doing. He doesn't sugar coat anything and he worked very hard for me. Everytime we went to court and I saw him in action I was impressed with his knowledge and expertise. He fought hard for a year and a half on my behalf and because of his efforts my case was dismissed. If I need a criminal defense lawyer in the future for anything I would definitely hire Mike again. He will do his best to help you so don't hesitate to contact him. The cost is definitely worth it when your freedom is on the line.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2016
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Brilliant, hard-working professional.
I hired Mr. Cohen for my son's complicated, multi-county speeding and license suspension charges while being a habitual traffic offender from felony OWI charges. He handled this tough case expertly and was able to get my son his occupational license back, giving him a 2nd chance.
Posted by Stacy | October 28, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent criminal defense attorney
I hired micheal cohen after I got in trouble early in 2014. Among the many charges were two DUI offenses (3rd & a felony 4th offense). Mike worked with me and eventually I got on the right path and turned my life around. He went to the prosecutor to make a deal with my best interest at heart. He was able to come back with the best offer possible in my situation which included one of the DUI offenses being dismissed which kept a felony off my record and also kept me out of jail for a significant amount of time. This is an attorney who truly cares about his clients. Amazing work and I would highly recommend him. If you are in trouble pay the money and hire micheal cohen.
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Posted by T.S. | September 2, 2015
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A True Life Saver
Mr. Cohen saved my life. I was charged with a serious charge of sexually assaulting my daughter. I knew if convicted, I would go to prison. Mr. Cohen fought for me for over a year. Finally after two trials I was acquitted by the jury. Mr. Cohen gave me my life back. If you need a true fighter for you, Mr. Cohen is your lawyer. If you care about getting the best results, hire him. He is not the cheapest, but he is worth every penny.
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Posted by L.S. | September 2, 2015
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Fantastic Result, Fantastic lawyer
Mr. Cohen is a fantastic lawyer. He got me out of TWO owis. If you have an owi case, spend the money and hire him. He is the best around.
Posted by Aaron | August 13, 2015
Gets Results
To say that Mike is rough around the edges is an understatment. If you are looking for someone to hold your hand and coddle you throught the judical system he is not your man, however, if you are looking for someone who will fight very aggressively for you and achieve your desired results hire Mike. If you hire Mike, trust him. Mike understands that people work hard for their pennys and he is hands down worth every penny. If you are caught up in something, do yourself a favor and hire Mike.
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Posted by NathanMarum | August 19, 2014
Makes fools of local prosecutors
This is probably the best attorney in wisconsin. He saved my life. I would be in prison if this man had not fought like a pit bull. They tried to send me to prison for 3 years and mike got me down to 2 months with work release. We had no case but he bullied the prosecutor and played every card just right. I was guilty, but didn't deserve the book thrown at me. Because of him I now have a family, own a home, and have a high paying job. Without him I would be in prison with all those guys who hired public defenders. This man will get you another chance in life. I recommended him twice to friends, and both times he got the cases thrown out completely. Not only does he win, but he is vicious. He will make cops, and other liars, cry on the stand. Literally. If that's what you want, call this guy. The satisfaction of watching him tear to shreds the people trying to lock you up, is worth twice the money he charges. Looks nice and innocent in the picture but he is one scary man.
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Posted by Mike | August 15, 2014
Experienced, respected, and professional attorney that knows the law.
Attorney Cohen is a very professional, respected, and ethical attorney who will give you the best defense possible. His 23 years of legal experience and courtroom demeanor are impressive. He is organized and always prepared when he goes to court. He returns calls and e-mails promptly. I cannot say enough about Attorney Cohen's representation in my case. He got me a favorable outcome despite the circumstances. If you are thinking twice about paying his retainer fee, think again. I am telling you that he is worth the money. You will not find a better defense attorney than Attorney Cohen. Thanks Attorney Cohen for a job well done!
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Posted by Carlee | August 12, 2014
Great lawyer
This man is very smart and knows what he's doing and he is a stand up lawyer in court he went round and round with the d.a for me I was charged with 7th dui I'm not very proud of but end result was I had to sit 4 1/2 months in jail I was very happy with Michael Cohen as my lawyer I would highly recommend him as a lawyer
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Cohen Law Offices
  • 2012 - Present
  • Owner/Attorney
  • Johnson and Cohen
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Laman and Swenson
  • 1999 - 2006
  • Owner/Attoreney
  • Wachowski, Johnson and Cohen
  • 1994 - 1999
  • Associate Attorney
  • Hertel, White, Schilling and Johnson
  • 1991 - 1994
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Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Dartmouth College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v Thomas Martin
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. Zarnke
  • Supreme Court Reversed Court of Appeals

Associations

  • Eau Claire County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Eau Claire Morning Rotary
  • Past President - Former Board Member
  • N/A
  • Chippewa River Industries
  • Chairman-Board of Directors
  • N/A
  • Supreme Court Preliminary Review Committee
  • Attorney Member
  • 2006 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Forensic Chromatography IX: Blood Testing Theory & Practice
  • American Chemical Society
  • 2013
  • Forensic Chromatography: Solid Drug Dose Testing III
  • American Chemical Society
  • 2013
  • (NHTSA)/(IACP) Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Course
  • Platt and Associates
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Lunch and the Law
  • Evidenced Based Practice in Eau Claire and its Procedures and Effects
  • 2011
  • Lunch and the Law
  • New OWI Law Changes and Effects
  • 2010
  • Lunch and the Law
  • Implications of Specific USSC Cases on Duties of Defense Counsel Towards Non-citizens
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (20)
Endorse Michael
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. I had the pleasure of attending the DUI Defense Lawyers Association summer conference with Atty. Cohen. Michael is an extremely skilled and knowledgeable trial attorney. I would have no hesitation referring a friend or family member to Atty. Cohen."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"While Mike and I do not work together anymore, I believe Mike to be hands-down the number one defense attorney in the area. He might not be warm and fuzzy, but he gets the job done and does a great job for his clients. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mike."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer based upon knowing him for twenty years. I originally hired Mike upon his graduation from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and found him to be a zealous advocate for his clients. He stays current on changes in the law, and is able to cite cases with speed and accuracy. He argues well for his clients, and fights hard for acceptable solutions if possible. If not, he is not afraid to try cases, no matter how difficult. Although we are technically competitors, we have a good relationship, and often meet to discuss issues important to our clients. I consider Mike to be among the elite defense attorneys in the Chippewa Valley."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cohen is an exemplary attorney who I would recommend to everyone and anyone. Hiring him might very well be the best decision that you have ever made. His answers on Avvo are perfect. I have practiced for 24 years as a judge, magistrate, prosecutor, and private attorney and he is one of the best I have encountered."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Cohen is a skilled and knowledgeable attorney. He attends the best of the best seminars across the US to learn all the latests cutting edge science and defenses to put to use defending you when accused of a DUI/DWI. A good guy, a desire to fight, and knowledge to do it with makes for a great combination for your defense."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is an excellent lawyer. I met him at the Forensic Gas Chromatography School put on by the American Chemical Society. This is a training school put on for elite DUI lawyers from across the country. Mike is one of those lawyers who truely shows dedication to his clients and attending this training course is one of them. If you are arrested for DUI in the areas where Mike practices you must hire this man."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is a conscientious and thoughtful lawyer who cares about his clients. I am happy to endorse him."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Cohen is an excellent lawyer and zealous advocate for his clients. He is one of only a handful of attorneys statewide that understands the "science" behind drunk driving prosecutions and thus how to defend against it. If you need a cutting-edge defense attorney, hire Michael Cohen."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse attorney Cohen. He is known across the State for DUI and Criminal Defense. He is skilled litigator and has an excellent reputation. You will be well-serves with him on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Mr. Cohen both as a prosecutor and a fellow attorney. I have found him to be excellent both at determining the worth of a case and defending cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this attorney. Very intelligent and very thorough when analyzing legal issues! Compassionate with clients and aggressive with legal issues! 5 STARS!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I worked with Mike in the same criminal defense law firm early in his career, and I was impressed from the beginning with his dedication, tenacity, and creative thinking. Mike works diligently for his clients, and I would not hesitate to refer people to him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike works hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Through my interaction with him on the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers board, I can say that his reputation as a tenacious and intelligent advocate for his clients is well deserved."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He provides detailed and insightful analysis to questions posed by AVVO subscribers. The detailed responses and thorough explanations provided here display a vast knowledge of the law. He is an asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Cohen is a preeminent lawyer in the Eau Claire area. Not only is Mike a skilled advocate, but he truly cares about his clients. I would not hesitate to refer a close friend or family member to Michael Cohen. Andrew Mishlove"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Friend
"This an excellent lawyer, espcially in the area of criminal defense. Mr. Cohen has the respect of judges and attorneys alike."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Cohen is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is one of the best Criminal Defense attorneys in WI and if I needed a criminal defense attorney he is the one I would call first. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Mike for several years and he has consistently shown the utmost dedication to his clients and the profession. I would not hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As one can see from his many thoughtful posts on Avvo, Michael is a creative lawyer dedicated to obtaining the best results for his clients. Further, he has the skill and knowledge to defend his clients vigorously. I whole-heartedly recommend Michael's services."
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