Deja Vishny


Criminal Defense Lawyer






Deja Vishny

Deja Vishny is a criminal defense lawyer who is available as a consultant, trainer, and expert witness. She is a specialist in homicide and false confession cases as well as suppression, trial skills and providing effective assistance in criminal defense cases. Deja is available as a consultant for defending homicide, confession, and other serious felony matters. She is a nationally known trainer and speaker for your criminal defense, public defender, or state bar organization. She testifies as an expert witness in post-conviction hearings regarding ineffective assistance of trial counsel.   She has represented the accused in over 125 homicide cases, handles thousands of cases during her career, and is well informed on how to best represent a client in every stage of a criminal proceed. Deja Vishny has lectured for criminal defense associations, public defender offices, state bar associations and NGO’s on defending confession cases, suppression and various aspects of trial practice in over 40 states and India. She is on the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College and served on the Boards of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National Criminal Defense College, and the Wisconsin State Bar Criminal Law Section. In 2023 NACDL she was the recipient of NACDL’s Champion of Justice award.  Additionally, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers presented her with two lifetime achievement awards for her work as a criminal defense lawyer and another for the defense of the indigent accused. She is a five time recipient of WACDL’s award given to those who get acquittals in homicide cases. In 2012 Deja Vishny was honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal with a ‘Women in the Law’ award. She has been named a “Superlawyer” several consecutive years. Previously she worked for the Wisconsin State Public Defender from 1980 to 2018, where she was the Homicide Practice Coordinator and Deputy Training Director and a well-respected trial lawyer. She served as an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School, where she taught trial advocacy for 20 years.



Consultant and Trainer at Deja Vishny

January 2019 – Present | Milwaukee Wi


Author at James Publishing Company

March 2016 – Present


Criminal Defense Lawyer of Counsel

Motley Legal
Nelson Defense Group


Faculty at National Criminal Defense College

June 1998 – Present | Macon Georgia


Adjunct Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School

August 1991 – Present | Milwaukee Wisconsin

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