Christopher L. Hartley


Christopher L. Hartley



Phone: 414-383-3004 Fax: 414-255-3572

My entire legal career has been based upon the pursuit of justice for clients accused of criminal wrongdoing. I never assume that a client is guilty and I do not pass judgment on a client for any mistakes that he or she may have made. I also never concede my client’s guilt in court until such time as we have thoroughly exhausted all other avenues of resolution and I am convinced that concession of guilt is in my client’s best interest.

Often, the difference between being determined guilty or innocent is the advice and fortitude of a qualified criminal defense attorney who is not afraid to stand alongside the client and challenge the government’s cause of action every step of the way.

Reckless Injury
Assault & Battery
Delivery of Controlled Substances

Drake University School of Law J.D., with honors, 1996
University of Iowa B.A., 1993

State Bar of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Wisconsin Army National Guard Officers Association
U.S. Army Judge Advocate Officer Corps

Chris graduated with honors from the Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. He practiced criminal defense in Iowa for one year prior to opening his own criminal defense practice in Milwaukee in 1997, and in 2010 Chris and Mark formed Hartley & Pecora.

Chris received his military commission as a Second Lieutenant in 1993 and has been serving as an Officer of the United States military since that time. He is currently a Major with the Wisconsin Army National Guard where he is serving as the Senior Defense Counsel for the 505th Trial Defense Detachment. Chris deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Chris has tried over 50 jury trials and has secured acquittals on such charges as First Degree Attempted Homicide, First Degree Reckless Injury, Substantial Battery, Battery to Law Enforcement Officer, Sexual Assault, Burglary, and Delivery of Controlled Substances. Chris has also been successful in obtaining dismissals in dozens of cases as a result of successful suppression motions and motions to dismiss for lack of evidence.