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What Ritter Law Clients Say

"Allison: I wanted to thank you for your support and the professional manner in which [my sonís] case was conducted. I thought [the judge] was very considerate… and balanced. I didnít realize how distressed [my son] was about jail until I saw his relief.

"I hope our paths cross again under better circumstances in the very near future. Congratulations again on winning this case."

DW [Clientís father]

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Why Retain Ritter Law?

Attorney Allison Ritter is:

  •  Experienced.

Retain an attorney who knows the ropes, a criminal defense lawyer who can get you positive results and is not learning their profession with your case.

  •  Honest and Sincere.

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  •  Affordable.

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Experienced Milwaukee Criminal Defense Attorney

Allison M. Ritter

Allison Ritter graduated summa cum laude at the age of 20 from Catholic University with a BA in Psychology. While an undergraduate, she was a member of numerous honor societies including Phi Betta Kappa, Psi Chi and Pi Gamma Mu. Ms. Ritter received her law degree from the University of Virginia.

After graduating law school, Attorney Ritter clerked for the Honorable Darlene G. Perry in Maryland’s Circuit Court. Following her clerkship, she was appointed as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County, Maryland. At the State’s Attorney office, she was a founding lawyer of the Domestic Violence Unit and specialized in domestic abuse crimes.

Experienced Milwaukee Criminal Defense Lawyer Allison RitterWhile serving as Assistant State’s Attorney in Maryland, Ms. Ritter met E. Michael McCann, the District Attorney in Milwaukee County for 39 years. Mr. McCann gained fame as the District Attorney who prosecuted Jeffery Dahmer. Mr. McCann recruited Ms. Ritter to Milwaukee County where she served as an Assistant District Attorney from 1996 to 2003. Ms. Ritter spent a number of years focusing on felony drug and gun cases.

In 2003, Ms. Ritter moved into private practice specializing in criminal defense law. Three years later, she helped found the criminal defense firm Ritter Rypel and Yasin. After a successful two years, she joined another experienced criminal defense lawyer, Elizabeth Fernandez, and they created Ritter & Fernandez, where she successfully practiced for four years. In 2012 Allison created Ritter Law Office LLP, a Milwaukee criminal defense law firm devoted to providing honest, aggressive, and compassionate representation to criminal defendants throughout eastern Wisconsin.

Attorney Allison Ritter also serves as an adjunct professor at Marquette University teaching criminal law, constitutional law and criminal procedure. She has argued before the Supreme Court of Wisconsin and recently had her first case petition for certiorari to the US Supreme Court. Attorney Ritter has also taught Bar Exam prep courses for Kaplan/PMBR Test Prep for the past several years.

Allison Ritter enjoys her criminal defense law practice and her role as teacher. She is also a mom who raises two children. Allison understands and appreciates the special joys and responsibilities of being a mom, a role that brings unique perspective to her profession as criminal defense lawyer.

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Areas of Practice:

100% Criminal Law

Criminal Defense Attorney Allison RitterLitigation Percentage:

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Wisconsin, 1995
Maryland, 1992
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2004
U.S. Supreme Court, 2006


University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, J.D., 1992

Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia, B.A., 1989
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
Major: Psychology

Past Employment Positions:

Ritter & Fernandez LLP, Partner, 2008 - 2012
Ritter, Rypel, & Yasin LLP, Partner, 2006 - 2008
Hartley Law Office, Criminal Defense Attorney, 2003 - 2006
Milwaukee County DAs Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1996 - 2003


Phi Beta Kappa (Nation's Oldest and Most Widely Known Academic Honor Society)
Psi Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology)

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Ritter Law Office is a Milwaukee criminal defense law firm with attorneys experienced in plea negotiations, trials, appeals, and getting results. Attorney Allison Ritter represents criminal defendants in Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, Ozaukee County, and Washington County, including the Wisconsin communties of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, West Allis, Wauwatosa, Cudahy, Whitefish Bay, Mequon, Shorewood, South Milwaukee, Oak Creek, Franklin, Greendale, River Hills, West Bend, Hartland, Glendale, Greenfield, Pewaukee, Brookfield, Delafield, Mukwonago, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Port Washington, Juneau, Menomonee Falls, Cedarburg, Grafton, and Germantown.

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