Attorney Jeffrey J. Szczewski was born and raised in the Milwaukee area, graduating from Greenfield High School in 2003. He attended Marquette University from 2003 to 2007, where he graduated cum laude. He majored in Criminology & Law Studies, History, and Sociology, and minored in Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, and Justice & Peace. He then attended Marquette University Law School, where he was a member of the Sports Law Society and the Criminal Law Society. He also served as an Associate Editor of the Marquette University Law Review, and received two CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for both Law & Economics and Federal Courts.
Attorney Szczewski completed internships with both Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc., in Spring 2009 and the State Public Defender’s Office in Milwaukee during the 2009-2010 school year. As part of his supervised fieldwork with the State Public Defender’s Office, he prepared motions, interviewed clients and witnesses, performed legal research, and also made numerous appearances in intake court, preliminary hearing court, and circuit court, all while still a law student. He also began working as a law clerk at Kuchler & Cotton, S.C. in Summer 2009, where he prepared a 38-page appellate brief submitted to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of one of the firm’s federal clients. As a law clerk, Attorney Szczewski also prepared motions, performed legal research, and observed firsthand the attitude, skills, dedication, and work ethic required to excel in criminal defense practice. He has been making appearances in court since literally the day after he was admitted to the State Bar.
Attorney Szczewski has been successful in securing the suppression of damaging evidence against his clients. His motions have led courts to dismiss criminal complaints, invalidate warrants that other judges and commissioners had previously approved, suppress client statements, and suppress evidence obtained during illegal searches and seizures. His motion practice and negotiations have convinced prosecutors to voluntarily dismiss criminal OWI charges, computer crimes, drug possession cases, and mail fraud cases against his clients. He has also prepared petitions for review granted by both the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Attorney Szczewski has also obtained not guilty verdicts against clients accused of serious drug offenses. In one trial, several detectives identified Attorney Szczewski’s client as the individual who sold cocaine to a confidential informant, drove his client’s vehicle from the scene, and handed over his client’s driver’s license when his vehicle was pulled over. The jury found Attorney Szczewski’s client not guilty. In another trial, officers testified that Attorney Szczewski’s client admitted that the drugs found in the back of his van were his. The jury found Attorney Szczewski’s client not guilty. In one case, the prosecutor was left with no choice but to dismiss criminal OWI charges against Attorney Szczewski’s client immediately after Attorney Szczewski finished cross-examining the State’s very first witness.
Attorney Szczewski is a member of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Milwaukee Bar Association, and is licensed to practice in Wisconsin state courts and in the federal courts of both the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. He is also an Eagle Scout, having earned the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America while in high school, and also attended the Milwaukee County Council’s leadership camp during the same period. Attorney Szczewski is also the reigning Blockbuster World Video Game Championship II Store Champion at the 76th and Forest Home location (SEGA Genesis format). Attorney Szczewski believes that every defendant deserves quality legal representation from counsel willing to fight vigorously for the rights guaranteed to every defendant by the United States and Wisconsin constitutions. He will work hard on your behalf to ensure that your positions and interests are explored and addressed to the fullest extent possible under the law.