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I help people get through tough times in their lives. 

Maybe you are getting divorced, you’ve been stopped for drunk driving, or you’ve been charged with a crime.  You need experienced legal counsel representing you.

I focus my practice on the following areas:

Criminal law and drunk driving.  I have defended people charged with everything from first offense drunk driving to first degree intentional homicide.

Family law.  I have represented spouses and parents in cases involving divorce, child support, maintenance, child placement, and restraining orders. 

Civil litigation.  I have represented companies and individuals in civil disputes in state and federal court.

During my career I have taken over 25 cases to jury trial.  I have established a solid reputation in the legal community for "not being afraid to go to trial" and for winning jury verdicts.  I have worked at every level of the Wisconsin state court system, from municipal court all the way to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, see State v. M.A.L., 2009 WI 49, 317 Wis.2d 383.

I earned my law degree from Harvard Law School in 1998.  Prior to opening my own law practice, I served as a Dane County assistant district attorney and Wisconsin assistant attorney general. As an assistant district attorney, I handled drunk driving cases, white collar fraud cases, and drug cases. I have the experience you need to navigate the criminal or traffic court system.

I offer a free 30-minute consultation, either by phone or in person.  The sooner you contact me, the sooner I can get to work helping you.










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Practice areas


  1. Family: 30%
    1 year
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    1 year
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    1 year
  4. Litigation: 20%
    1 year



Hourly ($200/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sarah M. Schmeiser

    Tim is well versed in the law and experienced on criminal law issues. He is not afraid to take a case to jury trial. Tim even won a not guilty verdict on a reckless homicide charge.


    Sarah Schmeiser Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Kristin A. Degeneffe

    Tim is smart, cordial, and articulate. He is a pleasure to work with.


    Kristin Degeneffe Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Kiefer Law Office LLC

10 E Doty St Ste 800
PO Box 1546
Madison, WI, 53701-1546


WIGood Standing199803/23/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Class A Felony CertificationWisconsin State Public Defender2015
2013 Chamber Young Professionals Award NomineeWaunakee Area Chamber of Commerce2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerKiefer Law Office, LLC2011 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyDane County District Attorney2007 - 2011
Foreign Service OfficerUS Department of State2005 - 2006
Assistant Attorney GeneralWisconsin Department Of Justice2003 - 2005
AssociateGodfrey & Kahn2001 - 2003
Luce ScholarLuce Foundation2000 - 2001
Judicial Law ClerkUS District Court for the Northern District of Illinois1998 - 2001
AttorneyFoley & Lardner, LLP1998 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dane County Board of SupervisorsSupervisor2012 - Present
James E. Doyle American Inn of CourtMember2009 - Present
Dane County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Wisconsin v. Mitchell Lange, 2009 WI 49Won a 7-0 decision in the Wisconsin Supreme Court
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Publication nameTitleDate
State Bar of Wisconsin publicationWisconsin Criminal Defense Manual, 6th edition (Editorial Review Board member)2015
Wisconsin Lawyer"Real Lawyers" (book review)2015
Wisconsin Lawyer magazine"When Government Was Good: Memories of a Life in Politics" (book review)2001
Harvard Negotiation Law Review"A Case Study in Two-Track Diplomacy: The Lawyers Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control" (book review)1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of Wisconsin, MadisonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
James E. Doyle American Inn of CourtLessons Learned in Switching from Criminal Prosecution to Criminal Defense2014
Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationDefending Len Bias Cases2014