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.
While 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 served 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 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 several years.
Attorney Ritter loves to practice criminal defense and help people and their families through difficult times. Allison was the middle child of seven in her own family and has raised 2 children to adulthood in the city of Milwaukee. She is devoted to family and wants to help you and yours as you navigate the criminal justice system.
Areas of Practice:
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- 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)