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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.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    33 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    33 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeffrey Thomas Oswald

    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.


    Jeffrey Oswald DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Robert E. Bellin Jr.

    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.


    Robert Bellin Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

111 E South River St
Appleton, WI, 54915-1746


WIGood Standing198303/16/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Hansen Homicide AwardWACDL2007
Fox ValleyBest of Bar-Drugs and Drunk Driving2002
Fox ValleyBest of Bar-Criminal Defense, Drugs & Drink Driving1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerRudolph Law Office1995 - Present
PartnerRudolph & Garde1991 - 1995
PartnerRobinison, Robinson, Peterson, Berk, Rudolph, Cross & Garde1983 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1986 - Present
Wisconsin Association for JusticeN/A1986 - Present
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCreating Member1984 - Present
Outagamie County Bar AssociationPast President1983 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinN/A1983 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. BodartNot guilty
State v Smaxwell 1999AP0002261-CRN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Bar Association publicationRules of the Road1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin, MadisonPublic AdministrationMA - Masters1983
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of Wisconsin, LaCrossePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CLEHandling OWI in Wisconsin2011
State Bar of WisconsinUpdate on OWI Laws2010
Spring seminar 2010Restitution2010