Attorney Craig Powell's practice is primarily devoted to criminal trial and appellate work in state and federal courts. Since joining Kohler & Hart in 2005, Craig has represented individuals in a wide range of criminal cases, including batteries, thefts, drugs, sexual assaults, child pornography possession, homicides, and complex federal drug conspiracies. Craig's work has helped many of the firm's clients secure jury acquittals and dismissals through motions before trial in a variety of felony and misdemeanor cases.
Craig is also actively involved in the firm's appellate and postconviction practice and has represented clients in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Craig's first appellate victory came as a law student in a case in which he successfully argued to the Court of Appeals that his client's conviction should be reversed because the client's confession had not been sufficiently corroborated. Craig has continued to obtain results for his appellate clients at Kohler & Hart, including reversals of felony OWI and drug convictions and substantial sentence modifications.
In addition to his criminal law practice, Craig has represented individuals in consumer disputes involving, among other things, fraud in the sale of used automobiles and landlord-tenant issues.
Craig earned his J.D. in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he developed his litigation skills through clinical work with the Defender Project, the Criminal Appeals Project, and the Consumer Law Litigation Clinic at the University of Wisconsin's Frank J. Remington Center. In recognition of his devotion to his clients, Craig was awarded the Bruce Beilfuss Memorial Scholarship. Prior to law school, Craig received his B.A in Journalism and English at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 1998.
He is an active member of the criminal defense bar, and has spoken to aspiring trial lawyers at Marquette University Law School. Craig is a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin state courts, in federal courts in Wisconsin and the Western District of Michigan, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Craig was recognized in Law & Politics Magazine and Milwaukee Magazine as a “Rising Star” in the field of criminal defense for 2009, 2010, and 2011.