About Stephen J. Meyer
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. He is one of the only Wisconsin lawyers who is both a Top 25 Wisconsin Superlawyer and listed in Best Lawyers of America (2001 - 2016). Active in community affairs, he is a member of the Board of Directors for Community Work Services Foundation, and is the past president of the Middleton Cardinal Booster Club.
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 37 years after graduating cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1979.
University of Wisconsin Law School
Evidence (1992-99, 2010-15)
Trial Advocacy (1997)
General Practice Course, Criminal Law Section (1987)
Special Prosecutor/ Investigator
State of Wisconsin Department of Justice (1999 and 2004)
PSI Advisory Committee
University of Wisconsin Law School/Remington Center, Project to review and recommend appropriate legislation for modification of the presentence process (2007)
Supreme Court of Wisconsin, Office of Lawyer Regulation, District 9 (2000 to 2002)
CJA Advisory Committee
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (1996 to 2002)
State Bar of Wisconsin
Homicide Law Reform Committee (1986-1988)
Best Lawyers in America
(2001 to present)
Named Wisconsin's 2016 Top Lawyer: Criminal Defense
Named Madison's 2014 Top Lawyer: White Collar Criminal Defense
Best Lawyers in Madison, Madison Magazine (2001 to present)
Wisconsin Super Lawyer, Milwaukee
Magazine (2005 to present)
Only sole practitioner named as one of the Top 50 (2006-2010, 2015)
Only sole practitioner named as one of the Top 25 in Madison, WI (2011 - 2014).
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS
Dane County Bar Association (1981 to present)
State Bar of Wisconsin (1979 to present)
United States Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit (1982 to present)
of Criminal Defense Lawyers
1988 to present,
Executive Committee 1988-92
of Criminal Defense Lawyers
1994 to present, periodically prior to that date
Co-Chair 7th Circuit Amicus Curiae Committee
ABA (2013 - present)
Criminal Justice Section