Stephen E. Mays
Attorney Stephen E. Mays, as the owner of Mays Law Office, LLC, practices in all areas of criminal and traffic defense throughout the entire State of Wisconsin. Prior to his becoming a defense attorney, Attorney Mays worked in the Dane County District Attorney’s office.
He has won OWI cases at the municipal, circuit, appellate, and Supreme Court levels, and appears regularly before the Federal District Court of Wisconsin and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
Attorney Mays is a past president and member of the Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association, as well as a sustaining member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Bar Association for the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin. He is a member of the James E. Doyle Inns of Court, as well as an active member of the national college for DUI Defense and Drunk Driving Roundtable – an association of attorneys dedicated to the tenacious defense of citizens accused of drunk driving.
He was selected to be a member of the Department of Transportation’s Technical Committee, and has testified before various committees regarding proposed motor vehicle legislation, most recently convincing a sub-committee not to extend the territorial boundaries for OWI enforcement. He is a frequent lecturer throughout the state on the defense of intoxicated driving, which includes an annual presentation in the “Strategies in Handling OWI Cases in Wisconsin” series, a seminar touted as a "must attend” for Wisconsin lawyers defending OWI cases. Attorney Mays has been named one of Madison's Top Lawyers in the area of drunk driving and traffic violations by his peers in a Madison Magazine survey of top lawyers. He has consistently been named a SuperLawyer, receiving that distinction again in 2012, a list featuring the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in the State of Wisconsin in the field of Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI.
Several of Attorney Mays’ cases have attracted substantial media attention, including the successful defense of an individual charged with killing his twin infant daughters while allegedly driving drunk. Attorney Mays has had a number of his cases published in the Wisconsin Reports, thereby establishing precedent that all future cases must follow.
Attorney Mays’ cross examination techniques have gained him statewide recognition as one which has police officers persuading prosecutors to amend charges so as to not have to subject themselves to his cross-examination again.