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Payal Khandhar

Payal Khandhar

Madison, Wisconsin
608-422-5114 (Direct Line)

I am a criminal defense attorney, by profession and by passion. This means regardless of your charges, when you are in the courtroom, I am your voice. Whether there are dozens of people supporting you, or I am the only one by your side, I will defend you. My objective is to understand you, your circumstances, and make sure that my representation fits your needs and goals. I will not only make sure that you are fully prepared and understand the process, but most importantly, I will make sure that the court understands who you are and your best interests. Having worked as a caseworker for several years before practicing law, my passion is people, and making sure that their voice is not lost in the system.

Payal Khandhar graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002 with an undergraduate degree in psychology and political science.  In 2009, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and began working for the Wisconsin State Public Defender until she began her partnership with Attorney Murali Jasti in 2016.  

Payal is a member of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Dane County Bar Association, and Women in Courts and Corrections. She also volunteers as a President of the Board of Directors for the Madison-Area Urban Ministry and as a Rubin’s for Kids mentor. In addition to practicing as an attorney, she is also a Supplemental Court Commissioner.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Traffic Defense
  • Revocation Hearings (Administrative Law)

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 2009


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 2009
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Major: Psychology
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2016 - Present
  • Dane County Bar Association, Member, 2016 - Present
  • Women in Courts and Corrections, Founding Member, 2017 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Wisconsin State Public Defender, Attorney, 2009 - 2016

Pro Bono Activities

  • Madison area Urban Ministry, Board Member, current Board President, 2016 - Present
  • Rubin's For Kids Mentor, 2017 - Present


  • English (Primary)

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