Big Firm Experience. Small Town Care.

Why McCarthy Law Office? When you need a lawyer, you need the best. For 25 years Scott McCarthy has helped people with family issues, litigate contract disputes, recover losses from injury and wrongful death and manage their mistakes. He is an experienced attorney who knows the system.  He has the passion, breadth of experience and knowledge, that gives his clients their best possible results. Scott has a reputation for sharp, honest evaluations, calling people back promptly, being on time to meetings and court appearances, meticulous preparation for trial and his desire to see their case through so his client's lives can continue on their best possible course forward.

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Attorney Bio

Scott McCarthy has been in practice since 1991 and is one of the most experienced trial lawyers in southern Wisconsin. Scott has taken countless cases to trial in Rock County, Dane County, Waukesha County, Jefferson County and more surrounding counties and counties around the State. He has won at every level including the Supreme Court



Scott's success was noticed in 2007 when one of the larger firms in Madison asked Scott to join their litigation team. Scott founded the Janesville branch of Murphy Desmond and was quickly named to the firm's Litigation Executive Committee where he helped guide the litigation department and the training of young attorneys.



Over the past 2 decades Scott has won multiple, million-dollar personal injury cases including the largest accident injury verdict in the State in 2009 - 3.1 million dollars!  He has also represented multi-million dollar corporations in litigation ranging from the design and construction of runways at the airport in Milwaukee to cases involving storage and use of sensitive information on computer systems.



Scott's commitment to his wife of over 20 years and 5 children led him back to his hometown of Milton where he opened McCarthy Law Office, LLC in 2012. Now all of that big firm experience can be obtained at a fraction of the price. Scott has worked in the area of family law (Divorce, Paternity, Child support, Guardianship, adoption etc.), personal injury, wills and probate, criminal law and general practice for the entirety of his career. Let him help guide you through your most difficult situations.



Scott was elected Rock County District Attorney in 1994 and served as the County's lead prosecutor for two years. While in office, he prosecuted five homicide cases and obtained convictions in each. As District Attorney, Mr. McCarthy forged positive relationships with prosecutors and local law enforcement agencies as well as many other agencies and groups throughout Rock County and the surrounding areas. This experience in the area of criminal law in combination with Scott's knowledge of the system from the inside is invaluable in the defense of your criminal case.



Scott served his country as a paratrooper in the Airborne Infantry from 1983 to 1985.  Scott is a two-time recipient of the Army Achievement Medal and multiple commendation award winner including Ranger Battalion Soldier of the Quarter.






University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1991, Juris Doctorate


University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, 1987, B.S. (Honors)


Army Paratrooper - Airborne Infantry, 1983-1985, 2 x Army Achievement Medal, Ranger Battalion Soldier of Quarter






Wisconsin, 1991

U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1991






General Practice - I have worked on a vast variety of matters.  Give me a call and if I can't handle your case, I will let you know and point you in the right direction.



Criminal Defense - OWI, DUI, Traffic, Drug, Assault and more.  I am the former Rock County District Attorney and have experience in all types of criminal and traffic matters.



Family Law - Divorce, Custody, Paternity, Child Support, Maintenance, and more. 



Personal Injury - Car accident, Truck accident, Wrongful Death, Assault, Slip and Fall, Dog Bite, and more.



Litigation -  Contract Disputes, Neighbor disputes, Property disputes, Landlord Tenant Disputes and more.



Wills and Probate - Family estate planning, Wills, Power of Attorney for Health Care and Financial, Living Wills and more.






American Juris Prudence Award for Advanced Trial Advocacy


Outstanding Service Award - Wisconsin State Patrol; Rock County Law Enforcement Association; Milton Police Department


Milton FFA Outstanding Service Award, Lifetime Member






Lecturer, Public Budgeting, Administrative Law, Laws of Arrest, Search & Seizure, & Criminal Procedure






State Bar of Wisconsin


Rock County Bar Association


Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Jury Instruction Committee, Bench-Bar Committee and Moot Court Committee


Milton Area Athletic Hall of Fame - President & Speaker


Milton Monsters Youth Wrestling Club - Supporter & Past President


Janesville Area Crime Stoppers - Board of Directors


Milton FFA Outstanding Service Award 1997-1998, Lifetime Member


Attorney & Supporter - Multiple Youth Sports Organizations


Milton Kiwanis Club (Past)


United Way of Rock County (Past)


Juvenile Court Advisory Board (Past)


Rock County Narcotics Enforcement Team (Past)


Saint Mary's, Milton, Jail Ministry Board (Past)


Memorial Community Hospital, Board of Directors (Past)


Muskellunge Lake Association, Secretary (Past) & Member