Robert F Nagel

Focus on Criminal Defense

For the past 30 years, Attorney Robert Nagel has focused his Madison law practice on criminal defense in Dane County and surrounding south central Wisconsin. His professional history includes work as an attorney, campaign consultant, and policy analyst. He has owned and managed his own law firm, managed Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin's first campaign for the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1992, sued environmental polluters, and raised two children. He has also worked for TechLaw, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Common Cause, and served on the staff of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. Robert earned a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Reputation as a Dedicated Madison Lawyer

Robert Nagel has earned a reputation as a dedicated Madison defense lawyer with integrity and empathy. Attorney Nagel knows that good people can find themselves in difficult situations. Robert will be more than criminal defense attorney, he will be your trusted advisor, offering good judgment with active communication.

Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court

Attorney Robert Nagel was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, December 12, 2022, on oral motion of Georgetown Law School Professor and renowned appellate advocate Paul Smith. Attorney Nagel's application was sponsored by two fellow members of the Supreme Court Bar, local civil litigator Attorney Roger Sage and former Watergate prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst Attorney Jill Wine-Banks. Attorney Nagel was present in open court when the motion was made and the justices unanimously granted it and then administered the Supreme Court oath to Attorney Nagel. Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, president of the American Constitution Society (ACS), and 14 other members of ACS were admitted at the same time.

Achieve the Best Possible Outcome

The goal is to restore your self esteem and standing in the community, and achieve the best possible outcome in your case.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Traffic Law
  • Family Law
  • Campaign Finance, Election & Lobby Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Personal Injury - Plaintiffs
  • Real Estate Law
  • Juvenile Law

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1993
  • Illinois, 1988
  • District of Columbia, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2022
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1993


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, J.D., 1987
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, B.A., 1983
  • Major: Political Economy of Natural Resources, Political Science, Economics

Published Works

  • Incentives, MCDM and Environmental Protection, Vol. 13, No.4, 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (vice president, 2014)


  • Judge, Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Mentor, Center for Law, Society & Justice, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Speaker, Phi Alpha Delta (Pre-Law Fraternity), University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Radio Guest (occasional), "On Wisconsin" public-interest/news program on WSUM 91.7 FM Madison
Attorney Robert Nagel with Senator Tammy Baldwin at the US Capitol

Attorney Robert Nagel Visited with Senator Baldwin at the US Capitol

Attorney Robert Nagel managed Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin's first campaign for the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1992.

I Can Help You.

My goal in every case is to help my clients restore their self-esteem and standing in the community.

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Dear Attorney Nagel,

I'm sending this email just to say thanks again for your help this summer and I truly appreciate all you did. I'm happy to say that I'm currently in the middle of the application process for several graduate schools and that my background check has come back absolutely free of anything and this is a big relief for me.

Sincerely, (client name withheld)