home partners practice areas contact links image
  Charles Pellino   Gerald Mowris  
Charles Pellino Gerald Mowris
Gerald Mowris

A crucial member of the Pellino & Mowris, SC team and a respected leader in the Wisconsin State Bar, Gerald Mowris does trial work 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 expert representation. Mr. Mowris' style is to help clients cope with their situation by exploring with them various legal options to discover the best course of action.

After attending Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin — Madison, Mr. Mowris received his J.D. from the UW Law School in 1973. After six years in the trenches as an assistant Dane County district attorney, he entered private practice, with Pellino, Rosen, Mowris & Kirkhuff.

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. Deeply committed to his clients and his profession, Mr. Mowris is well respected in the legal community.

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. He was voted one of the best criminal attorneys in Madison by the Madison Magazine poll for many years. Gerry has also been selected within the top 5% of the state's lawyers by being designated as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer in Milwaukee Magazine. He lectures to high school students, classes at the University of Wisconsin Law School and fellow attorneys about the criminal justice system, family court, and ethics.

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 two grown children.

If asked why clients benefit from working with Pellino & Mowris, SC, he will cite the firm's depth of experience, creativity and teamwork. The strength of Mr. Mowris' practice, and the reputation of the firm, derives from the knowledge that they help clients through some of the most difficult times of their lives.

Contact him via email at gmowris@pmlawyers.net.


Gerald Mowris

Married with two grown children

Partner, Pellino & Mowris, SC (December, 2011-present)
Partner, Pellino, Rosen, & Mowris, S.C. (January, 2010-December, 2011)
Partner, Pellino, Rosen, Mowris & Kirkhuff, S.C. (1987-2009)
Associate, Fritschler, Pellino, Schrank, & Rosen (1979-1987)
Assistant District Attorney, Dane County (1973-1979)
Law Clerk to the Honorable P. Chas. Jones (1972-1973)

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

State Bar of Wisconsin: President (2001-2002)
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)

Voted by Martindale-Hubbell as the highest rating given to attorneys - AV

AV Award
U.S. Army Reserves JAG Corps, Major, retired

Frequent CLE author and lecturer for the State Bar Association, Dane County Bar Association, Dane County Criminal Defense Attorney's Association, the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and other groups.

Frequent guest lecturer for various classes at the U.W. Law School Mock trial coach, Madison Memorial High School (1998-2000)

ARC Community Services, Board of Directors (1976-Present); Chair (1985-92), (2008-present)

YMCA of Dane County, Board of Directors (1993-95)

National Ski Patrol, Indianhead Mountain, Michigan, Member (1977-Present)

Little League Coach, West Madison Little League (1990-1997)

Portage and Paddle participant from 1991-2006


Contact: 131 West Wilson, Suite 1201, Madison, WI 53703 , 608.255.4501