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Michael E. Rudolph

Criminal defense Attorney at Appleton, WI

5.0   34 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1983
    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.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Simply being accused of a crime can change your life. The penalties of a conviction can haunt you for years after you’ve served your sentence and may affect what kinds of jobs you’re able to obtain and even where you’re allowed to live. Call now.

    41 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    50%
    Sometimes, people think they will get a 'do-over' when it comes to a drunk driving charge, but that is not the case. Wisconsin doesn't expunge drunk driving convictions. Hire Attorney Rudolph to defend you against the charges you are facing.

    41 years

WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR FREEDOM, YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO GAMBLE. CALL TODAY!

I have 28 years of experience in criminal defense and OWI defense.  I have a passion defending the Constitution and people's rights. I give each person's case the individual attention that they deserve.

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2015,2013,2012
Client's Choice
2018 2015 2013 + 1 ...

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Location

Michael E. Rudolph
111 E South River St
Appleton, WI, 54915-1746

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend, Professional
Mike is constant professional. He is truthful about the situation you are in and the possible outcomes. You will not find a lawyer that will work harder for you and answer any questions you have along the way. I have nothing but respect for Mike and the work he put in during my case to generate the best possible outcome.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great reputation and knowledgeable
Mike was one of the first attorneys that I talked with when I was charged with an OWI. He was straightforward and knowledgeable during the initial conversation. After contacting several other attorneys and receiving unreliable information, I hired him to represent me for the offense. Mike was always available to answer questions and followed through with every request I made. Due to his hard work and reputation, Mike was able to accomplish everything I requested. I would recommend Mike to anyone that needs representation.
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Posted by Chad Englebert | May 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Mike was awesome, he was able to help me with my situation. Was able to do what he said he’d be able to do. Was down to earth & real with me. I would definitely recommend to a friend or family.
Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The most honest lawyer
Dear Mike, You’ve never been my lawyer, unfortunately but you have given me great advice. Born and raised in Appleton and my Aunt was the city treasurer for many years we trusted our city. My city has let me down with corruption. I don’t say that lightly. You truly gave me amazing advice. You also didn’t deny that these things happen. My Aunt was honest she knew you just as you were getting started and thought you had great morals. She was right. Retire Mike you’ve earned it! You’ll read my story on a beach far away. You are a hero! And Appleton I’m a warrior! Thanks again!
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Posted by Russ | August 20, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Always available
After handling a case for me over 5 years ago, I called with a different question. He answered, gave excellent advice and was his usual competent and graceful self. He has always been very helpful and knowledgeable. I would recommend him for any legal question or representation as need.
Posted by greg | December 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
attorney
Mike is extremely experienced and presents your options in a understandable manner Dealing with Mike has been a pleasure. He is very compassionate and has always made himself available when questions arise. I always felt that he really cares about what's best for me. I recommend him and he is very reasonably priced.
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Mike was there to guide and navigate me through a new and difficult process. From day one he was available and fully invested into my case. Besides obtaining the best possible result in my case, he was available through the entire process and put a worried mind at ease. He clearly cares about his client and their family. He treats you as a human (who can make mistakes) and not just a criminal. I highly recommend.
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Posted by Danny | July 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
My case wasnt anything special, just paraphernalia but Mike took it just as seriously as any other case and gave the best advice anyone could have given when i hadnt a clue how the case was going effect me during or after the case was closed. If i ever have another case or even a question i know who my Go-To is.. Mike Rudolph!
Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Work
Mike did a great job handling my DUI case. I basically just wanted to outsource the problem to someone and have as little personal involvement in the details as possible. Mike kept me well-informed about the progress and prospects for judgement all along the way, but he handled all the details behind the scenes, allowing me to live my life and not have this matter taking up all my own time.
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Posted by Richard | February 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful and easier to reach to reach
Mike was a great attorney for my case. He was easy to reach about any questions. He gets back to you right away with an answer. The best quality that he shows is that he really cares about you as a person first I think that is why he is so successful. I would recommend him to anyone
Posted by anonymous | February 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Resolving a DUI traffic stop
Mike was realistic I getting my case settled to a lessor degree and saved me thousands. He is very competent but never talked over my head. I knew what my situation would be after talking to Mike. He was very informative in all aspect of what I needed to know and expect for an outcome regarding my case. I would highly recommend him. Mike is one of the best !
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Resolution of My DUI
When I was arrested for DUI I refused the breathalyzer test, which is automatically installed driver interlock device. Mike was able to get this reduced to 1.49 content and save me months of hassle.
Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer around!
Michael was very helpful with any questions i had. I was very scared and he mad me feel at ease. I contacted him because a friend of mine had him as her lawyer and he did a great job and I decided to talk with him and he was very willing to take on my case. He went above and behind to help me. I would recommend him if you have a DUI!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the results you need.
Michael was very helpful in referring me to the right people to help my case. He was honest, upfront and courteous. He dealt with everything with out me having to appear in court with the exception of the final hearing. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Jane | July 28, 2015
Thankful
Michael Rudolph is the best. My mother, that never had any sort of traffic violation, got involved in a minor accident. She is older so it seemed the officer was out to get her license. Mike saw the videos and caught all the wrongs the other person committed. He was very calming to my mother, informational yet tactful. And, HE WON THE CASE!! My sweet mother didn't have to go to any courts, he handled everything. I couldn't be more grateful..
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2015
Best Realistic DUI Lawyer
You can spend an arm and leg on a lawyer who will try to pull every string. But why? Why spend multiple thousands just to lose in court. The law is cracking down on drunk driving and there is little to no escaping penalties. Michael Rudolph was great on contacting me back when I called. Answered all of my questions before we even met up. He was very friendly but very down to earth. He read the facts and gave it to me straight. This is a respected lawyer in the area who is fair and honest. Michael was able to get my sentence reduced to below a .15 and was able to get me out of having to get an interlock. He was extremely affordable and should be your first call if you are ever unfortunate enough to lack good judgement.
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Posted by Cristina | July 15, 2015
Thank You!
After celebrating my husbands birthday w/dinner and drinks we went to see a band. We were having such a good time that we lost track of time and the bar was closing.I made a mistake and attempted to drive us home. I stopped and parked but before we knew it police lights were flashing in my rear view mirror. My stomach dropped, my husband was passed out and I didn't know what to do. I admitted to some drinks and before I knew it I was walking a crooked line singing the ABCs. I was aked to do a BAC and then also to blow in a breathalyser. I refused the BAC thinking I'd be ok with agreeing to one test or the other. ATTENTION PEOPLE DON'T EVER REFUSE A BLOOD ALCOHOL/BAC TEST.. After the breathalyser test I was arrested for OWI. I had no one to call for a ride at now 3:30 a.m so I spent the night in jail. I was in a nightmare. How could I be so stupid? I changed into some weird smelling orange jail jumpsuit that included grandma style underwear, wool blankets, a sheet and pillow that looked pale yellow and plastic sandals. I got no sleep. I cried my eyes out all night laying on the floor which was no different from the bed. I felt like a loser to myself, my family and kids. There was nothing that could change my situation now. My husband was allowed to take a taxi home that night so he ended up picking me up in the a.m. at maybe 10:30 a.m. This wasn't the end of my nightmare though. I was referred to Atty Mike Rudolph. From our first meeting he was very blunt, straight to the point, honest and asked questions to make sure he could help me otherwise he said he wouldn't want to waste my time. He brought a chart out and starting explaining what i could be in for and how he could help. He knew his stuff in and out. Laid everything out for me in black and white. If i didnt understand something he gave me examples. I felt my chances of having Mike represent me were way better than being alone on this especially it being my first OWI and not knowing what to expect or do. I retained Mike at an affordable rate and he directed me on my next steps, picked up every single call of mine, went to my court dates, met with me everytime I needed too, helped with all paperwork and questions. Honestly I felt safe having him as a lawyer. He wrote up my plea and we discussed making a deal that I wasn't ro sure would fly but Mike knows what he's doing so again my trust settled in. On my final court hearing the deal was accepted. My husband and i were both shocked that i did not have to have an ignition lock installed and 2 out of the 3 charges were dropped. I mean I was already prepared and ready to face my kids on explaining what this blow thing was that i had to do everytime i needed or was allowed to drive. I had already accepted reality but Mike somehow pulled a bunny out of his hat and turned my nightmare into a more than satisfying outcome. Trust in Mike. I can't thank him enough. Thank you again Mike.
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Posted by Kyle | June 17, 2015
Get this guy!
Mike was always on top of my case! He kept me informed and knew what was gonna happen before we even went to court! He answer all my questions, received the information I wanted quickly, and was very cost efficient for all the work he did for me! I hope to never see him again!!!! Love ya Mike!!!!
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2015
OWI
He's got experience & knows his way around the system. If he wasn't able to answer the phone when I called, no matter what hour of the day or night, he returned my call in a very timely fashion. He was very willing to answer any & all questions I had, & never made me feel like he didn't have time for me. I would recommend Mike to anyone that has been charged with an OWI, or for any other reason that falls under his expertise.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2015
An attorney that actually cares about his clients
Mike helped me through a situation I had never experienced before with vast knowledge of the law. I had lots of questions and all were answered. He always returned my calls and assured me there were no dumb questions. A true professional, who actually sat down and got to know me. I can't thank him enough. He made a tough situation easier.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Rudolph Law Office
  • 1995 - Present
  • Partner
  • Rudolph & Garde
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Partner
  • Robinison, Robinson, Peterson, Berk, Rudolph, Cross & Garde
  • 1983 - 1991

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Juris doctorate
  • 1983
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • MA - Masters
  • 1983
  • UW Lacrosse
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v Smaxwell 1999AP0002261-CR
  • State v. Bodart
  • Not guilty

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1986 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice
  • 1986 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Creating Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Outagamie County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1983 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • 1983 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Hansen Homicide Award
  • WACDL
  • 2007
  • Fox Valley
  • Best of Bar-Drugs and Drunk Driving
  • 2002
  • Fox Valley
  • Best of Bar-Criminal Defense, Drugs & Drink Driving
  • 1996

Publications

  • Wisconsin Bar Association publication
  • Rules of the Road
  • 1985

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Handling OWI in Wisconsin
  • 2011
  • Spring seminar 2010
  • Restitution
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (8)
Endorse Michael
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is one of the best attorneys in the entire state. He is tough, aggressive, compassionate and smart. He knows and law and is a skilled and experienced trial lawyer. You would be lucky to have him on your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike helped me get started in the Fox Valley 19 years ago, and he has remained the role model for brilliant and aggressive representation to this day."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is without a doubt one of the top OWI/DUI attorneys in the state. I have yet to meet another attorney who is as compassionate and dedicated as Mike. Clients certainly reap the benefits of Mike's years of experience and uncanny ability to recall both statutes and case law. He is the type of lawyer you want in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply one of the best attorneys in the field. Mike is an elite attorney who fights tenaciously for his clients. His wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to help his fellow attorneys raises the standard of legal practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From homicide to OWI, Mike Rudolph has sucessfully defended client after client after client. He knows not only the law, but how the full system works and how to use it his client's advantage....form a plea to a full blow trial. You can not go wrong if you are lucky enough to be able to have Mike Rudolph represent you."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've had the chance to work alongside Mike after referring an old friend in the Appleton area on a potential OWI Homicide case and to confer with Michael on a variety of issues over the years. I would highly recommend Mike Rudolph to anyone facing OWI related charges in the Fox Valley region based on my experience with Mike Rudolph, the experience of my old friend who was represented by him and the respect with which the prosecutors in the area hold for him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is the lawyer's lawyer. When other attorneys have questions they go to Mike. That Mike has been voted the best attorney in the Fox River Valley time after time has not been an accident. I highly recommend this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Rudolph is a great asset to the Fox Valley legal community. His wealth of experience and knowledge of Wisconsin Criminal Law ensures that his representation is second to none."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a young lawyer, I have had the opportunity to learn from Attorney Rudolph both in and out of the courtrooms of the Fox Valley. With clients, he provides effective communication of the range of options in resolving a case. In the courtroom, he effectively combines his honed advocacy skill with an extensive knowledge of Wisconsin criminal law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Rudolph has the experience and tenacity to expertly address all of a client’s criminal defense needs. Over the years I have been impressed with the depth of his legal knowledge and his ability to relate it to individuals feeling the stress of legal trouble. Anyone needing the services of knowledgeable, experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney will be thrilled with Attorney Rudolph."
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