Firm Overview

Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C., in Brookfield and Glendale, Wisconsin, was founded 23 years ago by a team of experienced lawyers to defend people accused of serious criminal charges throughout the state. From homicide to drunk driving charges, you can count on us to fight for your rights. If you are accused of a crime or have already been convicted and are seeking an appeal, contact us for a free initial consultation.

We are not afraid to take difficult or challenging cases that other lawyers refuse to accept. We have won cases on appeal after others were unsuccessful. Most often, other lawyers refer a case to us because they have come to regard our firm as one of the most accomplished in the state. We have earned recognition as "Leading American Attorneys," a distinction awarded to only 6 percent of all attorneys. The lawyers at Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C., were selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list for the years 2005 through 2017. Milwaukee Magazine has also recognized us as "among the best" criminal trial attorneys.

Criminal Lawyers Representing Clients In Milwaukee, In Waukesha County And Throughout Southeast Wisconsin

We focus our practice on the cutting edge of legal issues. Our firm employs creative legal strategies to defend you against serious criminal charges, and we are capable of dealing with complex DNA evidence in your case. In one instance, we persuaded the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn a 25-year-old homicide conviction based largely on new DNA testing done by the defense. In another case, we obtained the dismissal of a vehicular homicide while intoxicated charge by using DNA evidence to prove the defendant was not the driver. We have successfully employed other forensic science in clients' defense, including blood spatter evidence, forensic pathology on bullet or stab wounds, arson evidence, forensic psychiatry and psychology, and gas chromatography.

  • Jerome F. Buting: One of our firm's partners is an accomplished criminal defense attorney, past president of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) and a former board member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He is presently a member of the board of directors of the Wisconsin State Bar Criminal Law Section and was chair of the section from 2005 to 2007. He also sits on the Wisconsin Criminal Justice Study Commission, jointly sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Law School, Marquette University Law School and the State Bar of Wisconsin. The commission is an ongoing panel of law and lay leaders from around the state studying areas of the criminal justice system in need of reform.
  • Dudley A. Williams: Another partner of our firm has been practicing criminal defense throughout the state for nearly 35 years. He is a member of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and one of the leading drunk driving defense attorneys in Wisconsin. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs for lawyers. He has been recognized as one of the best criminal defense attorneys by Milwaukee Magazine and by Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine from 2005 to 2017.
  • Kathleen B. Stilling: Attorney Stilling, also a partner, returned to the firm in 2011 after serving a term as a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge, where her legal knowledge and professionalism were widely recognized. As a judge, attorney Stilling presided over criminal jury trials, motion hearings, sentencing hearings and post-conviction cases. She received her undergraduate degree and her law degree from the University of Wisconsin. She is a founding member and past president of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Association for Women Lawyers. Attorney Stilling was an assistant state public defender in the Milwaukee trial office from 1981 to 1989 and her current private practice is entirely criminal defense, both trials and appeals. She defends adult and juvenile clients in cases involving sexual offenses, drugs, alcohol and domestic violence. She lectures in the areas of sexual assault, ethics and trial practice.  Her first article published in The Champion, 2015, has become a popular primer on defense in child sex cases. Her follow-up article, co-authored with Attorney Jerome Buting, was published in the Champion, 2016. WISN radio host Mark Belling called her the "go-to lawyer in the state of Wisconsin" for child sex cases. (air date: July 12, 2010)

If you need to speak to one of our experienced criminal trial lawyers about your case, contact Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C., to schedule a free initial consultation.