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.
Hourly ($200/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Class A Felony Certification||Wisconsin State Public Defender||2015|
|2013 Chamber Young Professionals Award Nominee||Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce||2013|
|Owner||Kiefer Law Office, LLC||2011 - Present|
|Assistant District Attorney||Dane County District Attorney||2007 - 2011|
|Foreign Service Officer||US Department of State||2005 - 2006|
|Assistant Attorney General||Wisconsin Department Of Justice||2003 - 2005|
|Associate||Godfrey & Kahn||2001 - 2003|
|Luce Scholar||Luce Foundation||2000 - 2001|
|Judicial Law Clerk||US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois||1998 - 2001|
|Attorney||Foley & Lardner, LLP||1998 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Dane County Board of Supervisors||Supervisor||2012 - Present|
|James E. Doyle American Inn of Court||Member||2009 - Present|
|Dane County Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|State of Wisconsin v. Mitchell Lange, 2009 WI 49||Won a 7-0 decision in the Wisconsin Supreme Court|
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|State Bar of Wisconsin publication||Wisconsin 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|
|Harvard University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|James E. Doyle American Inn of Court||Lessons Learned in Switching from Criminal Prosecution to Criminal Defense||2014|
|Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Defending Len Bias Cases||2014|