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Richard Coad

Richard Coad

Coad Law Office
  • Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Domestic Violence ...
  • Wisconsin
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Rick Coad is the founder and principal of Coad Law Office, S.C., in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a top-rated criminal defense attorney with more than 19 years of experience. Rick focuses his practice on defending individuals and corporations in state and federal court. His skills have carried him to courts throughout the midwest, and he has argued a case in the United States Supreme Court.

He has been named by Super Lawyers thirteen times in his career, most recently in 2023. He is widely considered a leading defense lawyer in Wisconsin.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
White Collar Crime
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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7th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Coad Law Office
- Current
In October of 2011, Rick Coad started Coad Law Office. Rick focuses his practice on estate planning. Notably, in 2007, he briefed and argued a case in the United States Supreme Court. Rick also continues to represent professionals who have issues with their professional license, and assists UW-Madison students in non-academic disciplinary proceedings. Rick has been recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers eleven times.
Hurley, Burish & Stanton
Rick Coad worked as a criminal defense lawyer at Hurley, Burish & Stanton, which is one of the most respected criminal defense firms in the Wisconsin, for four years. There he continued to focus on representing people in federal court and state court. He also represented doctors and nurses who had issues with their professional licenses.
Associate Federal Defender
Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin
Rick represented people charged with federal crimes in both the Eastern District of Wisconsin Federal Courts in Milwaukee and Green Bay, and in the Western District of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. He represented people in a wide range of cases, including fraud, embezzlement, drug charges, drug conspiracy charges, illegal firearms possession, and more.
William Mitchell College of Law
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Gettysburg College
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Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2012, 2014
Professional Associations
Wisconsin State Bar  # 1052036
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Dane County Bar Association
- Current
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
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Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Current
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Articles & Publications
What are Big Mistakes to Avoid in Estate Planning?
The legal blog of the Coad Law Office, S.C.
Speaking Engagements
Litigating Firearms Cases, Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference
The Basics of Internal Investigations, WHDU
Dane County Bar Association Meeting, United States Supreme Court Update
Supreme Court Update, Dane County Bar Association
What to Do When the FBI Comes Knocking, Madison Area Corporate Counsel Network, Wisconsin
Guest Speaker
Top 10% in the United States
Lawyers of Distinction
Super Lawyer Rising Stars
Super Lawyer
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Coad Law Office
10 E. Doty St., Suite 513
Madison, WI 53703
Telephone: (608) 661-8080
Fax: (608) 661-8083
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)