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Enku Edgar Lin

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As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, Enku Edgar Lin has successfully defended hundreds of cases. He has obtained numerous case dismissals as well as “Not Guilty” verdicts at trial. Additionally, Attorney Lin has also helped his clients avoid lengthy punitive sentences by taking a holistic approach in presenting their story.

In a homicide case where his client maintained absolute innocence, Attorney Lin brought a unique legal challenge that suppressed a faulty identification resulting in a full case dismissal. This is just one example of many where Attorney Lin successfully fought for his client. He has also succeeded in challenging fundamentally unfair statutes, and has brought equal protection challenges against the government. Attorney Lin regularly lectures in state and national conferences on a variety of legal issues related to criminal defense and civil rights litigation. He is also an author for the Wisconsin Trial Practice.

In addition to criminal law, Attorney Lin also prosecutes bad law enforcement actors in civil rights cases. He believes that a community cannot thrive when bad police officers engage in unconstitutional acts with impunity.

Attorney Lin believes in the importance and power of engaging with the community. In 2016, his belief in serving the community motivated him to run for state legislature in the heart of Milwaukee on the platform of criminal justice reform. In 2018, he was named to the Governor & Lt. Governor’s Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Advisory Counsel. He sits on the board of Wisconsin Justice Initiative and the Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Wisconsin.

In his spare time, Attorney Lin enjoys rock climbing, watching Bucks basketball, discovering new restaurants, and spending time with his wife and toddler.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Rights
  • Police Misconduct
  • Illegal Searches/ False Confessions
  • Guns/ Drugs
  • Homicides
  • Overdose-related Homicides
  • Pre-charge Representation
  • White-collar Crimes
  • Drunk Driving/OWI
  • Domestic Incidents
  • Victim Rights
  • School Disciplinary Actions

    • Rising Stars, SuperLawyers, 2020-2021
      Rising Stars, SuperLawyers, 2020-2021
    • Up and Coming Lawyer, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2014
      Up and Coming Lawyer, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2014
    • Wisconsin Justice Initiative, Board Member
    • Wisconsin State Bar, Member
    • Milwaukee Bar Association, Member
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Member
    • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), Member
    • Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Wisconsin, Board Member
    • Governor and Lt. Governor’s Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Policy Advisory Council, Member
    • "Sentencing Advocacy” 2021 Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Defending the Accused Series
    • “Crossing Witnesses in a Taint Hearing” 2021 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Albert J. Krieger Annual Conference
    • FUEL Milwaukee, Race Bridge: “The Movement Against Anti-Asian Racism” April 1, 2021
    • Hoan Group Virtual “Social Justice Meets Criminal Justice” Panelist March 15, 2021
    • "Jury Trials in America" International Keynote Speaker in the Inaugural Annual Conference on New Legal Issues”; 2021 Kainan University Law School, Taiwan
    • "Your Criminal Case has a Civil Rights Claim--What's Next?"; 2020 Annual Public Defender Conference
    • "Search Warrants"; Marquette University School of Journalism 4150 Class
    • "What's the Impact of Racial Bias in the Workplace?" Fuel Milwaukee's Race Bridge
    • “Professionals in Policy: How to Do Well While Also Doing Good”; 2019 ACS Marquette Law School Career Panel
    • “Trial Publicity”; 2019 Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Ethical Issues in Criminal Defense
    • "Breaking Down the Myth of Drug Analysis: What the Tests Do & Don’t Show"; 2018 Annual Public Defender Conference
    • "Cross of Drug Cop ‘Expert’"; 2017 Annual Public Defender Conference
    • “Meet a Few Remarkable Young Professionals Today”; 2016 Milwaukee Rotary Tuesday Speakers
    • “Human Trafficking”; 2016 Milwaukee Forum Human Trafficking Panel
    • “Discovery: Getting What You Need to Mount a Defense”; 2014 Misdemeanor cases from A-Z Marquette Law School
    • “Defense Function”; 2013 Criminal Adjudication Process Class
    • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey - B.A. - 2006 - Major: Economics University
    • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin -J.D. - 2011 University
    • Wisconsin
    • Eastern District of Wisconsin (Federal)

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