Scott McCarthy has been in practice since 1991 and is one of the most experienced trial lawyers in southern Wisconsin. Scott has taken countless cases to trial in Rock County, Dane County, Waukesha County, Jefferson County and more surrounding counties and counties around the State. He has won at every level including the Supreme Court. Scott's success was noticed in 2007 when one of the larger firms in Madison asked Scott to join their litigation team. Scott founded the Janesville branch of Murphy Desmond and was quickly named to the firm's Litigation Executive Committee where he helped guide the litigation department and the training of young attorneys. Over the past 2 1/2 decades Scott has won multiple, million-dollar personal injury cases including the largest accident injury verdict in the State in 2009 - 3.1 million dollars! He has also represented multi-million dollar corporations in litigation ranging from the design and construction of runways at the airport in Milwaukee to cases involving storage and use of sensitive information on computer systems. Scott's commitment to his wife of over 25 years and 5 children led him back to his hometown of Milton where he opened McCarthy Law Office, LLC in 2012. Now all of that big firm experience can be obtained at a fraction of the price. Scott has worked in the area of family law (Divorce, Paternity, Child support, Guardianship, adoption etc.), personal injury, wills and probate, criminal law and general practice for the entirety of his career. Let him help guide you through your most difficult situations. Scott was elected Rock County District Attorney in 1994 and served as the County's lead prosecutor for two years. While in office, he prosecuted five homicide cases and obtained convictions in each. As District Attorney, Mr. McCarthy forged positive relationships with prosecutors and local law enforcement agencies as well as many other agencies and groups throughout Rock County and the surrounding areas. This experience in the area of criminal law in combination with Scott's knowledge of the system from the inside is invaluable in the defense of your criminal case. Scott served his country as a paratrooper in the Airborne Infantry from 1983 to 1985. Scott is a two-time recipient of the Army Achievement Medal and multiple commendation award winner including Ranger Battalion Soldier of the Quarter. EDUCATION: University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1991, Juris Doctorate University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, 1987, B.S. (Honors) Army Paratrooper - Airborne Infantry, 1983-1985, 2 x Army Achievement Medal, Ranger Battalion Soldier of Quarter BAR ADMISSIONS: Wisconsin, 1991 U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1991 AREAS OF PRACTICE General Practice - I have worked on a vast variety of matters. Give me a call and if I can't handle your case, I will let you know and point you in the right direction. Criminal Defense - OWI, DUI, Traffic, Drug, Assault and more. I am the former Rock County District Attorney and have experience in all types of criminal and traffic matters. Family Law - Divorce, Custody, Paternity, Child Support, Maintenance, and more. Personal Injury - Car accident, Truck accident, Wrongful Death, Assault, Slip and Fall, Dog Bite, and more. Litigation - Contract Disputes, Neighbor disputes, Property disputes, Landlord Tenant Disputes and more. Wills and Probate - Family estate planning, Wills, Power of Attorney for Health Care and Financial, Living Wills and more. HONORS & AWARDS: American Juris Prudence Award for Advanced Trial Advocacy Outstanding Service Award - Wisconsin State Patrol; Rock County Law Enforcement Association; Milton Police Department Milton FFA Outstanding Service Award, Lifetime Member CLASSES/SEMINARS TAUGHT: Lecturer, Public Budgeting, Administrative Law, Laws of Arrest, Search & Seizure, & Criminal Procedure PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS: State Bar of Wisconsin Rock County Bar Association Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Jury Instruction Committee, Bench-Bar Committee and Moot Court Committee Milton Area Athletic Hall of Fame - President & Speaker
Scott has big firm experience but is back in Milton where you will get individual attention and care. While at Murphy Desmond (the #1 rated law firm in Madison) from 2007 to 2011, Scott handled an array of tremendously complex litigation and achieved successful results in every case. The firm’s confidence in Scott was best demonstrated when Scott was appointed to the Firm’s Litigation Review Committee to suggest and implement changes to the firm’s litigation processes.
Now that base of experience and knowledge is back in a small town where you can meet and be represented by one of the best attorneys in the state. There are no fancy buildings or parking garages, but that means less overhead and more individual attention. You get the quality offered by a big firm for less money with less headaches.
Scott has been practicing law in Rock County and around the state for more than 20 years. He has established a reputation with attorneys and judges for hard work, intelligence and meticulous preparation of his client’s cases. You will not find an attorney who will fight harder for you than Scott.
As a result of Scott’s hard work through the years, and a reputation for dogged determination, most of Scott’s cases end in a favorable settlement for the client. This saves the client time, money and stress. However, if the other side is unreasonable, Scott shines in the courtroom. Scott was elected District Attorney for Rock County in 1994 and quickly learned that some cases simply had to be taken to a jury trial to achieve justice.
Scott successfully prosecuted 5 First Degree Intentional Homicide cases. Scott also acted as City Prosecutor at various times in his career for the Cities of Milton, Edgerton and Stoughton. All of this courtroom experience gave Scott a leg up on other attorneys early in his career. That experience has helped form the base for one of the most successful trial lawyers in Southern Wisconsin.
Scott recently won a 3.1 million dollar jury verdict in Chippewa County, Wisconsin in a drunk driving automobile accident case. Scott had the experience and foresight to lock up all of the drunk driver’s assets immediately after the accident guaranteeing a recovery for the client. Scott’s results in personal injury matters have been published in statewide and national publications.
The same courtroom experience has resulted in significant victories for clients involved in family law matters. Scott has obtained favorable results for clients with very little assets as well as small business owners, large business owners and high income earners. And although money is important, Scott knows nothing is more important than your children. Scott has worked with the Guardian ad litems in Rock and surrounding Counties for more than 2 decades. He has successfully litigated child placement issues in both divorce and paternity actions. Experience is critical when hiring a family law lawyer and Scott has it!
Having practiced in a small town for 20 years, Scott has handled virtually every kind of dispute the law has to offer. He has also drafted wills and worked on probate matters. No matter what legal issue you are confronting, give Scott a call. He will be honest with you and initial telephone conferences are free. If Scott can help, you will have one of the best lawyers in southern Wisconsin. If it is an issue better suited for another attorney, Scott will let you know that and suggest a highly qualified attorney. In his more than 20 years of practice, Scott has established relationships with attorneys in virtually every field of expertise.
We look forward to working with you. Feel free to stop by for a cup of coffee or call anytime. Remember the motto –Big Firm Experience. Small Town Care!
Scott is so professional and knowledgeable. He will give it to you straight. If you are looking for an attorney, look no further!
Confident and Kind
Scott was recommended to us for our car accident case and he did an excellent job! He always responded immediately to our emails/phone calls and was always happy to help with any questions we had. Scott knew exactly what he was doing and went after what he thought was fair while reassuring us every step of the way that all decisions were ours to make. After visiting Scott's office and deciding to hire him to represent us, we walked out of his office knowing that he would take care of everything that needed to be done and he would do it well. It was a huge relief to have someone with his knowledge representing us, and he did exactly what we needed him to do.
Professional and Personable
Mr. McCarthy is my one and only lawyer. He communicates in a professional, friendly manner in person, in email and in court. During my case, he responded to my many concerns and questions clearly and efficiently. My case was concluded to my complete satisfaction. The most important thing Mr. McCarthy did for me was give me confidence throughout a very difficult time. I will always be grateful for the respect and the commitment he gave to me and to my case.
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- Outstanding Service Awards From Several Police Departments
- American Jurisprudence Award for Advanced Trial Advocacy
- Wisconsin Bar Association
- Rock County Bar Association
- Elected District Attorney for Rock County
- Milton FFA Member
- US District Court - Western District of Wisconsin (1991)