David Patton

David Patton

Fierce Advocacy. Personal Service. Creative Solutions.
  • Criminal Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence ...
  • Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
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A versatile, innovative, and adaptable attorney with an attitude of service and broad experience who meets challenges with open-eyed optimism and solutions-oriented creativity, David cares about your case almost as much as you do. He's here to fight for you and to serve as your concierge throughout your encounter with the legal system

David gets great results for his clients. With David, you can expect:

-fierce courtroom advocacy;
-a compassionate and listening ear;
-an adviser offering you advanced strategic and tactical advice;
-hard-line negotiating on your behalf;
-a trusted guide through the legal wilderness;
-aggressive motion practice to accomplish your goals;
-established relationships with the players in the system;
-ability to leverage the best science through experts on subjects from retrograde analysis to forensic accounting to forensic metadata analysis.

David has also served as in-house counsel for federally-recognized Indian tribes. He prosecuted child protection, criminal, and regulatory matters. He also advised the Real Estate, Housing, Health and Human Services, and Natural Resources departments. His breadth of experience will ensure that every aspect of your case is addressed.

Prior to law school, David was a teacher and theatre practitioner which uniquely qualifies him for to defend your rights. His job was to create effective presentations and performances. Much like a litigator arranging a trial, he arranged discrete parts for maximum impact. He developed a talent for translating extensive technical research into readable documents and engaging presentations, without compromising intelligence and professionalism. His skills as a counselor and advisor will give you the comfort of understanding what is happening and what your options are at every step of your case.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
    Juvenile Law
    White Collar Crime
    DUI & DWI
    Native American Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Small consultation fee for an initial strategy session Criminal Representation done on flat fee basis Other matters may be flat fee or hourly
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota Supreme Court
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South Dakota
State Bar of South Dakota
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Wisconsin Court System
ID Number: Supreme COurt
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Patton Law Office, S.C.
- Current
Guardian ad Litem
Racine County
- Current
Assistant PD
State of Wisconsin Public Defender
Adjunct Professor
University of Minnesota Law School
Indian Law Moot Court, 2019-21; Environmental Moot Court Coach, 2018-2019; Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing, 2017-2018
College of William and Mary
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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Honors: Magna cum laude; GPA: 3.722; Top Quartile; Dean’s List 2010-2013; Business Law Certification; Endowment for Excellence Scholarship; Dean’s Distinguished Scholarship; 2013 MSBA Bernard P. Becker Public Interest Awardee.
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Bernard T. Becker Award for Public Service
Minnesota State Bar Association
Professional Associations
State Bar of Wisconsin  # 1090387
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Articles & Publications
Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010: Breathing Life into the Miner's Canary
47 GONZ. L. REV 767
Speaking Engagements
Indian Law Basics for Real Estate Attorneys – 10 Important Things to Understand, 34th Annual Real Estate Institute, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota CLE
Child Welfare Legal Specialist
National Association of Counsel for Children
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered
Q. Does the good time law still apply for wisconsin inmates?
A: In Wisconsin, you can get up to 25% over your jail sentence reduced for good behavior. However if your jail sentence is a condition of your probation (probably with a prison sentence over your head), good time doesn't apply. Furthermore, in Wisconsin, if your prison sentence was handed down after Dec. 31, 2021, you are not eligible for parole or good time. Instead, you will receive a bifurcated sentence with a certain amount of time in prison and additional time for extended supervision. YOur prison time + extended supervision time can't be more than the maximum available for your offense.
Q. I just found out my ex husband was exposing himself to my daughter 10 years ago.
A: Call the police. That is a crime in every state. You should also consider retaining a lawyer to represent you and your daughter. You have rights as victims under Marcy's law. It also sounds like you may need to get any visitation schedule amended. We wish you luck and are thinking of you and your daughter during this no doubt very difficult time.
Q. If drug trafficing charges were dismissed in 2018 can they turn around now and take me to court again?
A: Unfortunately, if it was dismissed without prejudice, they can recharge. That being said, you might be able to use the delay to make hay at the trial.
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Contact & Map
Patton Law Office, S.C.
2310 S. Green Bay Rd.
Ste. C203
Racine, WI 53406
Telephone: (262) 221-4848