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Updated: 2/4/2014 11:32:54 AM

Waukesha County

District Attorney's Office

District Attorney: Brad Schimel

WaukeshaCountyDA@da.wi.gov


Main Phone: 262-548-7076
Victim/Witness Assistance Program: (262) 548-7071
Juvenile Division: (262) 548-7905

Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday

Waukesha County Courthouse
515 W. Moreland Blvd. Room CG-72
Waukesha, WI 53188


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About the District Attorney


Brad was first elected Waukesha County District Attorney in 2006.  He was re-elected in 2008 and 2012. As District Attorney, he supervises 16 other attorneys and three dozen support staff.  As Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Waukesha County, he is responsible for the prosecution of all crimes occurring in the county.    

Prior to becoming the elected District Attorney, Brad served for 16 years as an Assistant DA in Waukesha.  Brad has prosecuted over 125 jury trials in every type of case the office handles, from traffic offenses to First Degree Intentional Homicide.  

Brad attended UW Waukesha and then UW Milwaukee, where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science.  Brad earned his Juris Doctorate from the UW Law School in 1990.  

As District Attorney, Brad serves on the Executive Committee of the Waukesha County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council, and chaired the Drug Abuse Trends Committee which spearheaded the creation of Waukesha’s Drug Treatment Court.  

The largest part of his career as a prosecutor has focused on prosecution of sexual assault and child abuse.  Brad was a founding member of the Waukesha County Child Advocacy Center Task Force, which opened the Big Yellow House, Waukesha County’s Child Advocacy Center, in April 2006.  Brad continues to Co-Chair the Center’s Steering Committee.  He also serves on the Waukesha County Sexual Assault Response Team, and participated in the formation of Waukesha County’s first SANE Nurse Program.  Brad also co-chairs the Waukesha County Child Fatality Review Team.

In 2006, the Wisconsin Association of Victim and Witness Professionals named Brad “Wisconsin Professional of the Year” for his work on behalf of victims of sexual assault and child abuse.  Brad was the 2011 recipient of the Waukesha County Bar Association “Community Service Award”.

Brad was appointed by Attorney General Van Hollen in 2011 to serve on the Wisconsin Crime Victim Council.  He was also appointed by Governor Walker in 2012 to the Wisconsin Judicial Council.  He still serves on both councils.

Brad currently serves as Past President of the Board of Directors for Safe Babies/Healthy Families Vice President of the UW Waukesha Foundation Board.  

Brad previously served 6 years on the Boards at the Waukesha County Food Pantry and the Addiction Resource Council and 7 years on the Board of Directors of Interfaith Senior Programs, and was President of the Board in 2011.  Brad continues to serve on the Addiction Resource Council Advisory Board.

Brad was one of the founders of the Waukesha County Victim Impact Panel for intoxicated drivers nearly 20 years ago.  He serves on the Advisory Board of the Potawatomi Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Brad is President of Waukesha County Crime Stoppers and an active member of Rotary International.

Brad currently teaches in the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Department at Waukesha County Technical College and regularly presents at conferences statewide for attorneys, law enforcement officers, medical providers and child protection workers.

Brad and his wife Sandi have two daughters, ages 10 and 12.  In his “spare” time, Brad plays in a classic rock band and is a Harley Davidson enthusiast.  Before the kids came along, he served 7 years as a Road Captain with the Kettle Moraine Chapter of the Harley Owners’ Group.