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"Sydne was very informative and made me feel at ease from the moment we first met. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who may find themselves in a similar situation as I." Former OWI client

"Sydne was always available to answer every question I had throughout the entire process, but most importantly she worked not just for me, but with me. I feel like this was the difference between just being a client, and being her client. " R.E.

Attorney Sydne FrenchI try to take a personal interest in every person who calls me for help. I do my best to make sure they do not feel like they are just a case number or just another "defendant." I make the time to really listen to their side of things, their perspectives, and their concerns. I do my best to stay in touch, and I welcome my clients to do the same. They know they can call me 24/7 and that I am there for them 100%.

"Sydne's commitment to her clients,
to the ideal of justice, and to the goal
of zealous representation is unparalleled.
" Keith Findley, President, International Innocence Network; Co-Director, Wisconsin Innocence Project


Winner of the Baldwin Award for Excellence in Criminal Law
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We are passionate about what we do and it shows.  We have earned  a solid reputation for negotiating significantly reduced charges, penalties, and dismissals while aggressively defending our clients against the power and resources of the State.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
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Criminal Defense Attorney
Sydne French

Waukesha | Milwaukee
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Attorney French has fought and won hundreds of criminal and drunk driving OWI DUI DWI cases in northeastern and southeastern Wisconsin.Attorney Sydne French has devoted her practice exclusively to defending people facing criminal charges against the power and resources of the State. Sydne is well known among criminal defense lawyers in the State for aggressively defending her clients against criminal charges, probation revocation cases, and DUI OWI DWI cases.

Sydne's commitment to justice runs deep. She has represented criminal defendants statewide in numerous legal advocacy organizations, such as the Criminal Appeals Project, the Death Penalty Project, Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons, and the Wisconsin Innocence Project. She was awarded The Gordon D. Baldwin Award for Excellence in Criminal Law for her outstanding work in these endeavors.

In recognition of her dedication to criminal defense work, Sydne has been invited to speak at numerous public interest functions. Her work has earned her a winning reputation among her clients and the legal community, as well as a solid track record for success.

Sydne's work in criminal law is as compelling as her speaking engagements on the subject. She has been invited to speak at such notable organizations as the University of Wisconsin Law School's Remington Center, and the Madison Civics Club, where she was chosen as the Public Affairs Speaker and Committee Member for the 2005-2006 Program, "The Courage of Their Convictions: One Who Risks Makes a Difference.Photos and transcript of speech given to over 900 members and guests on February 25, 2006 are available at: Madison Public Affairs Speakers.

Sydne has also been distinguished by several other honors, including:

Phi Beta Kappa
High Honors in Departmental Scholarship (a.k.a. Magna Cum Lauda)
High Distinction in General Scholarship
Distinguished Service Award; Golden Key National Honor Society
Psi Chi National Honor Society
Seal of Merit, Alpha Gamma Sigma National Honor Society
J&M Davidson Scholarship
Albert Job Scholarship
Monroe Deutsche Scholarship

Additionally, Ms. French was founder and president of three student organizations, and she developed the Award For Excellence In Community Service Scholarship for students demonstrating a passionate commitment to serving others.


Panel Speaker, A&E Network screening of "Facing Life: The Retrial of Evan Zimmerman"

Panel Speaker, Innocence Project New Student Orientation (filmed by A&E Network)

Panel Speaker, Frank J. Remington Center New Student Orientation


"Her work has been excellent. I cannot tell you how pleased I am to have had her assistance and look forward to a continued relationship."
Stephen J. Meyer, Meyer Law Office, Madison, Wisconsin

"Sydne is compassionate and fair, yet firm when needed. She is a woman of considerable talent and admirable ambition."
Stephen K. Lee, Lee Investments, San Francisco, California

"Sydne is an exceptionally astute and quick study. She is remarkably hard-working, dedicated, and enterprising."
Elizabeth Owens, Ph.D., Research Psychologist and Lecturer University of California, Berkeley.


Published Work: French, S. (2002). Psychopathic traits among preadolescent girls with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Assessing form, severity, prevalence, and correlates. Berkeley Scientific Journal, 6, 43–49.

University of California
Social Behavior ADHD Research Project: Administered diagnostic psychological and neuro-psychological assessments to juveniles/adolescents using various clinical and developmental psychology research methods.

Family Violence Project
San Francisco, California: Assisted with the counseling of victims of domestic abuse on their legal rights and options.  Worked with Family Violence Project staff advocates, Assistant District Attorneys, and interdepartmental personnel (e.g., Domestic Violence Response Unit, San Francisco Police Department) to develop an understanding the psychology of victims and those accused of domestic violence/abuse.


Sydne French earned her Bachelors degree in clinical psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and her Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Attorney French is admitted to practice law in the state of Wisconsin and a member of the Wisconsin State Bar. She is admitted to represent people in all Wisconsin State Circuit Courts, the U.S. District Court - Western District of Wisconsin, and the U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin


National Trial Lawyers Top 100
Wisconsin State Bar Association (Criminal Law Section)
Waukesha Bar Association
American Psychology–Law Society
Riley Center Domestic Violence Certification


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