Richard A. Coad

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Madison, WI

Coad Law Office, S.C.
 | 10 E. Doty Street, Suite 513, Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-661-8080
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2012, 2014
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Attorney Profile

Richard A. Coad is a criminal defense lawyer in Madison, WI, with more than a dozen years of experience. He represents clients throughout the state who have been charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses. He also devotes a large part of his practice to defending clients in federal courts. He represents targets of grand jury investigations, people involved in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations and university students. Mr. Coad is one of the few criminal defense attorneys in Wisconsin to argue a case before the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to founding his firm, Mr. Coad served as an assistant federal defender for Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin Inc. He then spent four years at a prestigious litigation firm and was a shareholder in another well-known Wisconsin law firm.

Mr. Coad has presented seminars and classes for the Wisconsin State Public Defender Criminal Defense Conference, the Madison Area Corporate Counsel Network and the Dane County Bar Association. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Dane County Bar Association, the Dane County Criminal Defense Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Coad is licensed to practice law before the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western districts of Wisconsin, and before the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Coad earned a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College in 1996, followed by a law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2004. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, he has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (70%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Appellate (20%): Appeals

Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Appellate: Appeals

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Rising Stars: 2007 - 2012, 2014

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About Richard Coad

Admitted: 2004, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: http://www.coadlawoffice.com/attorney-profiles-criminal-defe...

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 10% in the United States, Lawyers of Distinction, 2016
  • Recognized as Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Milwaukee Magazine and Madison Magazine 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 2005-Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2004-Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 2005-Present
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Bar, 2008-Present
  • Dane County Bar Association, 2007-Present
  • Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012, 2013 and 2016
  • The Dane County Bar Association
  • The Dane County Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member since 2004
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004-Present
  • Wisconsin State bar
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Coach Youth Soccer and Basketball, Madison WI

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Guest Speaker, What to Do When the FBI Comes Knocking, Madison Area Corporate Counsel Network, 2015
  • Speaker, The Basics of Internal Investigations, WHDU, 2015
  • Speaker, Dane County Bar Association: Supreme Court Update, 2010
  • Speaker, Litigating Firearms Cases, Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference, 2010
  • Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference, Litigating Motions in Concealed Carryand Other Firearms Cases, September 26

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • State v. Hayes, Dane Co. 2016CF2132 - Felony Intimidation of Witness, battery - case dismissed., 2017
  • State v. Ohmer, Dane Co. 2016CF838 - Felony Possession of Narcotics - felony case dismissed., 2017
  • State v. Dorneanu, Dane Co. 2016CF1771 - Felony Threats to Injure Business Reputation - felony dismissed., 2017
  • United States v. Tran, Western District Wisconsin, Case No. 16-CR-9, 2016
  • United States v. Mau, Western District Wisconsin, Case No. 16-CR-53, 2016
  • State v. Pink, Dane Co. 2016CF784 - Felony Possession of Narcotics - Case dismissed., 2016
  • State v. Owen, Dane Co. 2016CF156 - Felony Substantial Battery - Case dismissed., 2016
  • United States v. Dye, Eastern District Wisconsin, Case No. 2011-CR-205, 2012
  • United States v. Hurreon Walker, 673 F.3d 649 (7th Cir. 2012), 2012
  • Logan v. United States, 552 U.S. 23 (2007) (Ginsburg, J.); 453 F.3d 804 (7th Cir. 2006) (Easterbrook, J., Evans, J., Rovner, J.); W.D. Wis. Case No. 05-CR-88 (Shabaz, J.)(2005), 2007
  • United States v. Rozek, Western District Wisconsin Case No. 2006-CR-71 - Bankruptcy Fraud. Case dismissed., 2006
  • United States v. Lloyd Waupoose, Eastern District Wisconsin, Case No. 2005-CR-83 - Sexual Assault of a Child - Case dismissed, 2005

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Argued Logan v. United States, 552 U.S. 23 (2007) in the United States Supreme Court.

Educational Background:

  • Gettysburg College B.A., 1996

Industry Groups

  • 7th Circuit Bar Association
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Wisconsin Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Office Location for Richard A. Coad

    10 E. Doty Street, Suite 513
    Madison, WI 53703

    Phone: 608-661-8080

     

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    Last Updated: 4/12/2017

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