Stephen J. Meyer

Stephen J. Meyer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Madison, WI

Meyer Law Office
 | 10 East Doty Street, Suite 800
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-255-0911
Fax: 608-441-5707
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (40%)
Attorney Profile

Stephen J. Meyer is a sole practitioner dedicated exclusively to the representation of individual citizens accused of crimes in state and federal court. He was recently named by Best Lawyers In America as Wisconsin's 2016 Top Criminal Defense Lawyer. This follows his award in 2014 as Madison's Top White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer. Both of these awards are, in part, a result of his accomplishments on behalf of clients over the last three years. Most recently he convinced the the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in United States v. Weimert, 819 F.3d 351 (7th Cir. 2016) to vacate the wire fraud conviction of his client and to order the client's immediate release from federal custody. This win followed a not guilty verdict in state court after a two week jury trial where the underlying charge alleged that the defendant had engaged in abusive head trauma to a child, State v. Hartje , Juneau County case number 12 CF 34. Prior to these cases, attorney Meyer successfully discredited suspect forensic evidence in a high profile arson case and a handwriting case.

An adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, teaching evidence and trial advocacy, Mr. Meyer has been a frequent speaker and author on the rules of evidence and topics related to the practice of criminal law.

Previously, Mr. Meyer has served as a special investigator and prosecutor for the Wisconsin Department of Justice and on the local investigative committee for the Office of Lawyer Regulation. He has practiced law for over 38 years after graduating cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1979.

About Stephen Meyer

Admitted: 1979, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:


  • Named by Best Lawyer's in America: Wisconsin's 2016 Top Lawyer: Criminal Defense; Named by Best Lawyer's in America: Madison's 2014 Top Lawyer: White Collar Criminal Defense  

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, CJA Training The Inside Story on Sentencing in the Western District (December 13, 2002)Selected Evidentiary Issues: Rule 608 (October 20, 1998)Federal Rules of Evidence (January 11, 1996)Federal Rules of Evidence (September 9, 1994)U.S. Courts, Defender Services Division, Chicago, Illinois,Strategies for Success in Federal Criminal Defense Practice (July 6-8, 1995) U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin Sentencing Guidelines: Overview and Application (December 13, 1989) State Bar of Wisconsin Educating and Litigating: Can't Trust the Message - False Confessions (June 20, 2003) Other Wrongs and Character Evidence in Civil Trials (April, 2002)Defending the State Court Drug Case - A Primer (September 20, 1994)National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Problem Solving Courts in Wisconsin (August 1, 2008)Wisconsin Newspaper Association Improving Public Trust in the Court System (February 4, 2005)Leadership Council of Greater Madison Criminal Justice in Dane County (December 8, 2005 and December 7, 2006)Wisconsin State Public Defender Public Defender Training Program, DNA: It's Future Use in Wisconsin ( February 4, 1994, December 1, 1993, September 23, 1993)Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) Judging and Lawyering: Contemporary Ethics Issues Do's and Don'ts for Judges: A Trial Lawyer's Perspective (December 6, 2008)Positively Fifth Street: Rules of Evidence to Keep your Client from going up the River(June 7, 2007)Innovative Techniques in Cross-Examining Child Witnesses in Sexual Assault Prosecutions (June 21, 2001)The Trial of a Sexual Assault Case (May 10 and 11, 1991)Federal Criminal Practice (October 5, 1990)Pretrial Motions-Defense of Vehicular Injury and Homicide Cases (May 4, 1989)Criminal Defense Lawyers of Dane County:Judging and Lawyering: Contemporary Ethics Issues Do's and Don'ts for Judges: A Trial Lawyer's Perspective (January 13, 2009)Attorney Discipline and Ethical Issues in the New Millennium (September 10, 2002)Rules of Evidence Update: Admissibility of Other Acts Evidence (March 14, 1996)Update on State and Federal Forfeitures (June 10, 1992)Updating Drug Defense Strategies (November 9, 1989)Dane County Bar Association Drunk Driving Cases: A Trial Lawyer's Perspective (November 6, 1985)LaCrosse County Bar Association Triage for Criminal Cases in Federal Court (March 15, 2004)
  • Using the exoneration of Joseph Awe (State of Wisconsin v. Awe, Marquette County case no. 07 CF 54) as a backdrop, the article does an in-depth analysis of fire investigation and the archaic use of negative corpus as a methodology.  A step by step analysis is presented in handling an arson prosecution and the insidious involvement of insurance companies assisting in the prosecution., Author, Arson: Fighting Fire with Science, ABA Criminal Justice Magazine, 2014
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Office Location for Stephen J. Meyer

10 East Doty Street
Suite 800
Madison, WI 53703

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Last Updated: 7/7/2019

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