Hart Powell, S.C.

Hart Powell, S.C.

Milwaukee Criminal Defense Lawyers

Firm Overview

The Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C., one of Wisconsin's finest criminal defense law firms, are dedicated to representing clients who have been accused or charged in federal and state criminal matters. At Hart Powell, S.C., our criminal defense attorneys are licensed to practice in various states before multiple federal, state, and appellate courts. When it comes to your defense, experience matters. Turn to the skilled criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. to provide you with exceptional legal representation as you face criminal charges. The criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. understand that we are not only fighting for your rights, but also for the future of your family, job, and reputation. As such, the criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. will do everything in our power to ensure that your rights are protected, your interests are safeguarded, and your entitlement to a fair legal proceeding is maintained.

Main Office

Main Office
735 N Water St #1212

Milwaukee WI 53202

Phone

(414) 271-9595

Fax

Michael F. Hart, Managing Partner

Hart Powell, S.C.

Michael F. Hart has practiced in the areas of criminal defense, civil litigation, and personal injury matters for twenty-nine years. During that time, he has distinguished himself as a trial lawyer with an imposing courtroom presence. Court TV has identified Michael as one of the state's most prominent criminal defense attorneys, and he has been recognized by judges and lawyers throughout the state as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer.

For nearly three decades, Michael has obtained successful results in a large number of serious felony cases, including homicides, sexual assaults, and drug conspiracies, and has achieved notable results in a variety of white collar cases. Michael's successes have also included one of the largest defamation awards in state history against a private individual, which included a six-figure punitive damage award.

Michael has successfully represented a wide variety of high-profile clients, including members of the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Baseball, as well as law enforcement officers and corporate executives. Many of Michael's most satisfying courtroom victories, however, have come from cases that don't make the evening news the cases where hardworking people face the harsh consequences of being investigated and prosecuted by a government with unlimited resources and no mercy.

Michael maintains a strong legal presence locally and nationally. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the State Bar of Michigan, the American Association for Justice, the Wisconsin Association for Justice, and the National Criminal Defense Association of Defense Lawyers,. In addition to his active litigation practice, Michael is a former appointee of Governor Jim Doyle, to the Board of Directors of the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation.

Michael earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 and his law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law in 1988. A native of Flint, Michigan, he practiced in the Detroit area prior to moving to Wisconsin, where he founded Kohler & Hart, LLP, which became Kohler Hart Powell, SC Jan 1 2016. Michael Hart is licensed to practice before Wisconsin State and Federal District Courts, as well as Michigan State and Federal District Courts.

Craig Powell, Partner

Hart Powell, S.C.

Craig S. Powell has spent his career fighting to uphold the rights of the accused.

Craig S. Powell joined the firm, then known as Kohler & Hart, SC, as an Associate in 2005 following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He has been a partner at the firm since 2011.

Craig's practice is primarily devoted to criminal trial and appellate work in state and federal courts. Craig is a skilled trial litigator, and has used his legal research, writing, and courtroom skills to win not guilty verdicts and pre-trial dismissals in a wide variety of cases, including prosecutions for homicide, sexual assault, drugs and OWI. In addition, Craig has secured countless beneficial results for clients through favorable pre-trial diversions, plea bargains and contested sentencing hearings.

Craig also leads the firm's appellate and postconviction practice and has argued frequently before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Craig's first appellate victory came in a case he began handling as a law student 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 substantial victories for his appellate clients at Kohler & Hart, SC, winning new trials for defendants sentenced to decades in prison after convictions for sexual assault of a child and first degree reckless injury; reversals of felony OWI and drug convictions; substantial sentence modifications; and the preservation of a defendant's right to access a witness's privileged records in order to present a defense.

In addition to his criminal law practice, Craig assists in the firm's civil litigation and personal injury practice.

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 Frank J. Remington Center. In recognition of his devotion to his clinical 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.

Craig is an active member of the criminal defense bar. He has been on the faculty of the Annual Conference on Recent Developments in Criminal Law, sponsored by Marquette Law School and the Milwaukee Bar Association, and has spoken to aspiring trial lawyers at Marquette University Law School. Craig is a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin's State and Federal courts, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Craig has been recognized in Law & Politics Magazine and Milwaukee Magazine as a "Rising Star" in the field of criminal defense for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015; was named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list by the National Trial Lawyers for 2014 and 2015; and has been rated a 10.0 "Superb" by AVVO.

Geoff Misfeldt

Hart Powell, S.C.

Geoff Misfeldt joined Hart Powell, S.C. as an associate in 2010. His practice consists of criminal trial and appellate work in State and Federal courts. In addition to his criminal law practice, Geoff represents clients in personal injury cases and in licensing matters. Geoff has handled licensing matters for a variety of professions and occupations, including professionals in law, nursing, and the medical field, along with daycare and tavern licensures. Geoff takes a special interest in defending those accused of OWI offenses and subscribes to the firm's philosophy that you can only receive the best defense from someone who stays on top of the constantly changing legal and scientific landscape. Geoff has defended a number of firearms rights cases and, as a lifelong hunter, recognizes that the right to responsibly keep and bear arms is of special importance to many. He and Craig Powell vigorously fought against a law that prohibits all felons from forever possessing firearms, and they successfully challenged Wisconsin's law that prohibits people from openly carrying tasers.

Geoff has also been instrumental in helping many of the firm's clients obtain dismissals before trial in a variety of criminal cases. He successfully challenged the constitutionality of a boating law that resulted in the dismissal of the case; helped a client charged with possessing more than a quarter-pound of marijuana obtain a non-jail sentence by challenging a drug dog's search of a home; and got a client's case dismissed when the prosecution withheld evidence.

Geoff has also obtained favorable results for appellate clients and has written briefs in cases before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has assisted in the preparation of petitions to the United States Supreme Court and has also argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to joining the firm, Geoff spent a year with the Milwaukee Office of the State Public Defender. While in law school, he co-founded the Marquette Law School Criminal Law Society, served as an intern to Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and worked with the Federal Defender's Office in Milwaukee. Geoff obtained his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

He is a member of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Wisconsin State Bar, and is licensed to practice in Wisconsin's State and Federal Courts.

Geoff has been recognized in Milwaukee Magazine as a "Rising Star" in the field of criminal defense for 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Daniel Sanders

Hart Powell, S.C.

Since joining the firm of Hart Powell, S.C. in May 2013, Dan has obtained successful results in several state and federal felony cases, including homicides, armed robberies, sexual assaults, drug trafficking, and white collar cases. He has extensive experience in complex criminal pre-trial litigation and procedures, trial advocacy, and sentencing issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Dan was a federal criminal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Wisconsin for 14 years. As a federal prosecutor, Dan investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of federal crimes, including organized crime, public corruption, fraud, money laundering, RICO, immigration fraud, war crimes, drug trafficking, bank robbery, rape, kidnaping, and homicide. Many of Dan's federal cases required the use and analysis of complex financial documents, wiretaps, and other electronic surveillance. Dan was the lead counsel in dozens of federal and state jury trials with conviction rate over 95%. He has also argued numerous cases before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

During part of his tenure as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Dan was the Lead Attorney for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the Narcotics Chief who supervised the investigation and prosecution of all federal narcotics-related crimes in the district.

Dan also worked on several immigration fraud cases in close coordination with the Human Rights Violators & War Crimes Unit of ICE, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and the Special Department for War Crimes of The Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). These cases involved U.S. immigration violations by individuals suspected of committing war crimes in the Balkans during the early to mid-1990s.

Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Dan was a state criminal prosecutor in Columbus, Ohio for 7 years. As a state prosecutor in Ohio, Dan prosecuted all felony crimes, including capital murder cases.

Dan earned his Bachelor's degree from Washington State University in 1987 in political science, history, and economics and his law degree from the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University in 1990.

Dan is an active member of the criminal defense bar. He is on the Board of Directors of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, and is a member of the Milwaukee Bar Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Dan is licensed to practice before Wisconsin State and Federal District Courts, as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and Ohio State Courts.

Dan's professional accomplishments include being named to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers list by the National Trial Lawyers for 2014, the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators Meritorious Service Award in 2010, the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2008, and the Department of Justice Seal from U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno for prosecution of the Short North Posse in 1996.