Attorney John A. Birdsall
Attorney John Birdsall has more than 27 years of experience and has earned a reputation as one of the most trusted and victorious criminal defense lawyers in the State of Wisconsin. With over 260 jury trials, mostly for serious felonies, he has an acquittal rate that is three times the state average.
John’s practice is focused exclusively on defending the wrongly accused, and he has recently made headlines for his defense of a client named Eddie Gill. After being accused of shooting and killing a Milwaukee resident, John helped uncover that the police had interrogated Gill into confessing when he was in fact not involved at all. Gill was merely a witness to the crime, and John was able to defend his rights and have the case dismissed and all of the charges against Gill dropped. John has been able to help several clients like Gill defend their rights and ensure that they are getting the best results no matter what the charges are against them.
As a current member of the Board of Directors, and past President, of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, John has helped develop sentencing guidelines for state judges and has served as a member of the Wisconsin Sentencing Commission. He also holds an AV rating, the highest available, in Martindale-Hubble’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, which is a testament to the fact that his peers have ranked him at the highest level of professional excellence. He also serves the State Bar of Wisconsin on the board of directors of the Criminal Law Section and as an elected member of the bar’s Board of Governors which oversees the entirety of Wisconsin’s legal system. John has shared his experiences by writing and hosting lectures for a wide range of audiences on criminal law topics such as warrantless searches, coerced confessions, prison overcrowding and truth-in-sentencing.
John earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School where he was named to the Dean’s List. He was also formerly associated with Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen as well as Gonzalez, Saggio, Birdsall & Harlan, before beginning his own practice in Milwaukee.