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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: 608-480-1962
Fax: 608-661-8083
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2012, 2014
Licensed in Wisconsin Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

Attorney Richard A. Coad is the founder and principal of Coad Law Office, S.C., in Madison, Wisconsin. A top-rated attorney with more than 17 years of legal experience, Mr. Coad has earned a reputation as a lawyer who provides excellent results for his clients both in and out of court. 

Mr. Coad assists clients in the area of estate planning - helping them avoid the need for their estate to be settled in court. He focuses on planning for clients who own homes and other assets, and those with minor children. Mr. Coad evaluates the best approach given his client's situation, and crafts a plan that meets his client's goals, and protects their assets.

He also assists clients in select criminal defense, professional license defense, and administrative cases. Early in his legal career, Mr. Coad served as Associate Federal Defender in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. Prior to establishing his own law firm in 2011, he worked at several prominent firms in the area. Through all of this experience, Mr. Coad gained invaluable insight into protecting his client's rights and preserving their future.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Coad holds a "Lawyers of Distinction" designation, and he has earned numerous other accolades from his peers. He also holds "Superb" client ratings on Avvo. 

He is one of the few lawyers in Wisconsin to have argued a case in the United States Supreme Court.

A 1996 graduate of Gettysburg College, Mr. Coad attended William Mitchell College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2004. The State Bar of Wisconsin admitted him to practice that same year, and Mr. Coad maintains active memberships with the Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Dane County Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, among his other professional affiliations. He also served on the board of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers for four years.

Widely regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Coad has several publications to his credit, and he has conducted many lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. He also supports his local community as a coach for his local youth soccer, swimming and basketball leagues.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 50%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence, Estate Planning, Living Wills, Trusts, Wills

Selections

5 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2007 - 2012, 2014

About Richard A. Coad

First Admitted: 2004, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: https://www.coadlawoffice.com/attorney-profiles-criminal-def...

Bar/Professional Activity

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

Other Outstanding Achievements

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

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Coach Youth Soccer and Basketball, Madison WI

Educational Background

  • Gettysburg College, B.A., 1996

Verdicts/Settlements

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Guest Speaker, What to Do When the FBI Comes Knocking, Madison Area Corporate Counsel Network, 2015
  • Dane County Bar Association: Supreme Court Update, 2009, 2008
  • Dane County Bar Association Meeting: United States Supreme Court Update, 2011
  • Speaker, Dane County Bar Association: Supreme Court Update, 2010
  • Speaker, The Basics of Internal Investigations, WHDU, 2015
  • Speaker, Litigating Firearms Cases, Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference, 2010
  • Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference, Litigating Motions in Concealed Carry and Other Firearms Cases, September 26, 2008

Honors/Awards

  • Top 10% in the United States, Lawyers of Distinction, 2016
  • Super Lawyer, 2018
  • Recognized as Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Milwaukee Magazine and Madison Magazine 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014

Industry Groups

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

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

Phone: 608-480-1962

Fax: 608-661-8083

Last Updated: 7/8/2022

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