Madison Attorney Gerald W. Mowris

Gerald W. Mowris,


A respected leader in the Wisconsin legal community, Gerald Mowris has handled a broad range of litigation in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, professional malpractice and family law.  He earns great satisfaction helping people in need of sound advice and experienced representation.  Mr. Mowris’s style is to help clients cope with their situation by exploring various legal options to discover the best course of action.  He was elected State Bar President in 2001, and has served as president of both the Dane County Bar Association and the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Mowris has also served for 21 years in the U.S. Army Reserves, retiring as a Major in the Army Judge Advocates General (JAG) Division. Gerry was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the field of Criminal Defense-General Practice and Family Law.


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. (1973)
  • University of Wisconsin (1967-1970)
  • Michigan State University (1966-1967)

Professional Recognition and Awards

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Legislative Oversight Committee Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin: President (2001-2002)
  • Wisconsin Law Foundation, Fellow
  • Board of Governors (1999-2004)
  • Local Bar Leaders Conference Committee (1995-2002), Chair (1997-98)
  • Criminal Law Section Legislative Committee
  • Criminal Law Section Member
  • Family Law Section Member
  • Dane County Bar Association, President (1995-96)
  • Law for the Public Committee Chair, Board of Directors (1989-95)
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers (1979-Present)
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, founding member and President (1995)
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (1979-Present)
  • Madison Magazine, One of Four nominated for Best Lawyer in Madison (1998)
  • Wisconsin SuperLawyers (2006-present)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2020
  • Voted by Martindale-Hubbell as the highest rating given to attorneys – AV Rated
  • U.S. Army Reserves JAG Corps, Major, retired

Professional Speaking and Publications

Frequent CLE author and lecturer for:

  • The Wisconsin State Bar
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Attorney's Association
  • The Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Guest lecturer for various classes at the U.W. Law School

Mock trial coach Madison Memorial High School (1998-2000)

When he gets the chance, Gerry enjoys skiing at Indian Head Mountain where he has served for 30 years as a member of the National Ski Patrol. He also enjoys golf, hiking, fishing in Canada and traveling with his wife and occassionally his two grown children.  What he enjoys most now is spending time with his new grandchild.

  • Arc Community Services, Halfway house and other services for female offenders  (1990-Present)
  • Madison Breakfast Optimists, member
  • National Ski Patrol, Indianhead Mountain, Michigan, Member (1977-Present)