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Richard J. Smith has been practicing law for 33 years. He joined Nistler Law Office, s.c. in August, 2015, and practices in the area of criminal defense, family law and civil litigation.
As a criminal defense attorney, Attorney Richard Smith has handled a variety of matters including serious felonies, misdemeanors and defense of drunk driving. He has successfully resolved hundreds of serious cases including homicide, sexual assault, conspiracy, and white collar crimes. He has prosecuted or defended in more than 100 jury trials.

Attorney Smith practices family law and has successfully represented many divorce clients in Southeastern Wisconsin. Richard Smith is not a lawyer who magnifies conflict. Mr. Smith understands that disputes in family court profoundly impact all parties involved including the children of the parties. Mr. Smith works to resolve difficult problems with patience, empathy, reason, and careful preparation. He has a thoughtful manner and even in difficult situations he remains calm and rational. Mr. Smith understands the upheaval and trauma that accompany divorce and post judgment divorce proceedings. He seeks to minimize the upheaval. Attorney Smith has represented clients from all walks of life in family court.

Mr. Smith has represented businesses before municipal bodies and common councils for the last 20 years. He has represented restaurants, bars, night clubs, and even stone quarries.
Mr. Smith obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Marquette University in 1972 and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1981. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Smith was an assistant district attorney in Ozaukee and Marathon counties for four years. He then joined the law firm of Schmidt, Martz & Smith and was a partner there from 1990-2012 before starting his own firm of Richard J. Smith and Associates, Ltd. in 2012-2015.

University of Wisconsin Law School, JD 1981
Marquette University, BA 1972

Richard J Smith & Associates, Ltd. 2011-2015
Schmidt, Martz & Smith 1990-2012
Ozaukee County District Attorney’s Office 1984-1985
Marathon County District Attorney’s Office 1981-1984

State Bar of Wisconsin, Society of Family Lawyers
State Bar of Wisconsin, Family Law Section