Attorney Richard A. Coad

Madison criminal defense attorney Rick Coad of Coad Law Office, S.C. Super Lawyers 2021 badge

Richard A. Coad

Phone: 608-661-8080

Fax: 608-661-8083


Attorney Profiles

For almost two decades, Rick Coad has been widely recognized as a leading attorney in Madison, Wisconsin. He built Coad Law Office on a reputation for getting exceptional results in difficult cases in state and federal court. His practice has carried him to federal courts throughout the Midwest, and he is one of the few attorneys in Wisconsin to have argued a case in the United States Supreme Court.

After spending years helping clients in difficult situations as a litigator in court, Rick turned his attention to helping individuals and families out of court – by designing estate plans to ensure your family is taken care of and your assets pass to whom you want, how you want, and when you want. A well-crafted estate plan protects your family and assets in your lifetime and keeps your family from having a court proceeding to decide those important issues. Rick finds great satisfaction in avoiding those issues in court because over his career he has seen the stress and uncertainty his clients endure. Instead, he’ll give you the peace of mind that you did your job for your family, that you protected what you worked so hard for, and that your wishes will be honored.

“Our clients come to us to for our judgment and experience to help them solve their problem, whatever it may be. I’m focused on getting my clients their best result. In the end, that result is achieved because we care about our clients and we apply our know-how to get them what they need.”

– Rick Coad

The quality and depth of Rick’s experience is exceptional. Prior to starting Coad Law Office in 2011, Rick worked at a highly regarded medium-sized general practice firm in Madison for four years and was also a shareholder in one of Wisconsin’s largest law firms.

In recognition of the quality of his work, Rick was named as a Super Lawyer in 2018, 2019, 2020 and most recently in 2021. That honor goes to only the top 5 percent of lawyers in Wisconsin. And he was named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star seven times before that. That ranked him in the top 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in Wisconsin.

Honors & Awards

  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. Super Lawyer 2018- 2021. Also recognized in Milwaukee Magazine and Madison Magazine for the same honor.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. (St. Paul, MN)
    Gettysburg College, BA


  • 2015 Madison Area Corporate Counsel Network:

    What to do when the FBI comes knocking.

  • 2015 WHDU:

    The Basics of Internal Investigations

  • 2011 Dane County Bar Association Meeting:

    United States Supreme Court Update

  • 2010, 2009, 2008 Dane County Bar Association:

    Supreme Court Update

  • 2008 Wisconsin State Public Defender Conference,

    September 26: Litigating Motions in Concealed Carry and Other Firearms Cases

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