Director, Class of 2015
Tony was born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His father owns a waste disposal company and his mother is a criminal defense attorney. Tony received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2002 and his law degree from Marquette in 2005.
While in law school, Tony clerked for the Federal Defender’s Office in Milwaukee. He assisted the attorneys with one of the most significant Supreme Court cases in United States history - United States v. Booker, which resulted in the federal sentencing guidelines becoming advisory. During this time, Tony travelled to Washington, D.C. to help the attorneys prepare and finalize their oral arguments for this landmark case.
Around this same time, Tony accepted summer employment in Eritrea, East Africa. During his time in Eritrea, Tony travelled throughout the country (usually to small villages or internally displaced persons camps) in order to help develop and eventually litigate, claims against the Ethiopian government. The war between Eritrea and Ethiopia was especially brutal, with many villagers losing everything they had during this conflict. Tony’s work paved the way for villagers to seek compensation for this losses and suffering.
Tony began practicing law as a criminal defense lawyer immediately upon graduating from law school. At the age of 26, Tony was asked to join the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL). Two years later, when he was 28, Tony was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Tony has served on a variety of NACDL committees over the years. In addition to his Board duties, Tony serves as the Vice-President of WACDL. He is currently the co-chair of the NACDL Indigent Defense Committee. In 2010 Tony became a “Life Member” of NACDL and in 2012 he was re-elected to another three year term on the NACDL Board of Directors.
In 2011 Tony graduated from the prestigious National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia. This college is widely considered to be the premier trial advocacy training program in the country. Tony is highly committed to his work and his clients. This hard work has been recognized by Super Lawyers, every year since 2008. Tony was selected as a “Rising Star” in Wisconsin in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. In 2013, Tony was selected as a “Super Lawyer” instead of a Rising Star. The Wisconsin Law Journal recognized Tony’s work in 2010 when he was one of only 20 lawyers chosen as the State’s “Up and Coming Lawyers.” In 2012, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge William Domina selected Tony to be one of his two Supplemental Court Commissioners.
Tony is highly committed to the practice of criminal defense and he has a very understanding wife, who puts up with his long hours and frequent late-evening client phone calls. Tony and his wife welcomed their first child, Dominic, into the world on May 8, 2013. It is unknown whether he will follow in Dad’s footsteps, but Saint Dominic is the patron saint of the falsely accused.