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Timothy D. Kiefer

Criminal defense Attorney at Madison, WI

4.9   69 reviews

also known as Tim Kiefer

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State WI
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Timothy

Learn Timothy’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas

 

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, 317 383.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016
Client's Choice
2021 2020 2019 + 3 ...

Photos and videos

As a member of the Dane County Board of Supervisors, I led the effort to bring to Dane County this portrait of the county's namesake, Nathan Dane.  This copy of the original portrait was painted by Harvard student Neng Thao.  Photo by David Nevala.

Location

Kiefer Law Office LLC
10 E Doty St Ste 800
PO Box 1546
Madison, WI, 53701-1546

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  69 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Tim did a fantastic job in representing me in a very unique case with respect to an OWI charge. Tim was able to put the right evidence together to develop a solid case to the point it was eventually reduced. Straightforward, honest, knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
Posted by Mark | December 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Tim represented me on a case in 2022. He was extremely knowledgeable and explored and explained all options regarding my case. I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to criminal defense and he was very honest and explained everything in laymen’s terms. He made sure I knew exactly what was going on and I ended up with the best case scenario. He was very thorough, he obviously knows what he is doing and I could tell I was being represented by one of the best in the business. He made me feel as if I was in very good hands and this lowered the anxiety I felt about what was going on. I would highly recommend him for anyone going through a tough experience that they don’t know a lot about. He was very easy to work with, very empathetic and he was very fair and open with exactly what I was being charged, and hiring him to represent me was worth every penny I spent. If you’re looking for a lawyer, you can feel very confident you have the best in the business looking out for your interests!
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Posted by George | June 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Reliable, Competent, and Tenacious
I hired Tim to help me with a contentious civil matter in my divorce as well as an OWI that coincided with this very tough time in my life. He was always on top of things, incredibly strategic and competent, and in the end helped me secure outcomes that have allowed me to begin moving forward with my life on a positive foot. I would HIGHLY recommend Tim to anyone who is requiring legal services within his areas of expertise. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
He got my case dismmissed!
I had a small claims lawsuit against me for a hacked PayPal account. I didn't know what to do but Tim walked me through everything patiently and got my case dismissed. Thank you, Tim!!!!
Posted by Thomas | January 6, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Incisive, thorough, ethical, knowledgeable
When I called upon Tim Keifer for legal help for my sister, who is unfortunately going through a painful divorce he immediately identified the issues, contacted her directly and referred her to competent counsel specifically for the issues in her case.
Posted by Imran | December 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
I was charged with a criminal offense I was really worried but then I hired Attorney Kiefer and he did an exceptional job by getting me a great deal. The charge was dropped to a non criminal offense. Attorney Kiefer is very knowledgable in what he does. He knows what he is doing. Had I not hired Attorney Kiefer the outcome would been harsh in court.
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Posted by Janice | June 7, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Tim Kiefer
Tim Kiefer provided a phone consultation with specific recommendations, after he asked questions related to my issue. His assistance was professional and comprehensive. I will follow up with confidence.
Posted by Bjorn Brunvand | March 28, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The extra mile
Tim reached out to my office in Florida to examine every potential angle on behalf of his client in Wisconsin who was facing a DUI. It is without hesitation that I would recommend his office for clients in need of a criminal defense lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Tim had a very calm, professional, and detailed approach to our situation. He helped remove unnecessary stress and walked us through step by step
Posted by Matthew | November 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks to Tim I have the opportunity to turn my life around!
I had Tim recommended to me from a family friend, she had nothing but great things to say of him. To say that he lived up to those expectations would be an absolute understatement, he was absolutely fantastic to work with! I made an awful mistake that I will always regret, but Tim was reassuring and supportive from the very first phone call! He gave a clear indication of where he thought the case would go, and gave precise counsel on how to move forward with my life. He worked hard for my best interest and made sure that I would be given a second chance, and thanks to him I'm getting that second chance through the deferred prosecution program! Thanks to Tim I have the opportunity to leave my mistakes behind and move forward with my life! Thank you for everything Tim, you were fantastic in every single way!
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Free legal consult
Very knowledgeable and was able to answer my questions :) No pressure to use services and made a great referral to someone more specialized in the case I might have been seeking
Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Registering a foreign divorce
The State Bar of Wisconsin referred me to Tim Kiefer when I asked for an attorney who could help me obtain recognition of my foreign divorce in Wisconsin. Tim spoke with me for 25 minutes to understand the details of my case and to clarify what I am seeking. He advised me that I need to obtain a Qualified Domestic Relations Order from the State of Wisconsin and he explained in detail why this is necessary. He told me the particulars of my case are not within his area of expertise, that he knew there are attorneys in Wisconsin who can help me, and he offered to share my request with his colleagues if I was agreeable to him doing that. Tim located another attorney for me on the same day that I spoke with him. He kept my name confidential and sent me an email with the new resource. Really, Tim went above and beyond especially considering there was no gain for him. A consummate professional in his field! I am truly grateful for his help and impressed with the level of respect and skill he treated me with.
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Posted by John | March 1, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responsive and capable
Mr. Kiefer was recommended to me by another attorney with expertise in a different field, and Mr. Kiefer lived up to the recommendation. He provided the accurate legal advice that I needed in a short period of time. I would not hesitate to hire him in the future.
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
OWI case
I was charged with drunk driving and Attorney Kiefer got the case dismissed
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Complicated questions resolved, and quickly.
My husband and I retained Attorney Kiefer to sort out a complicated legal problem involving both state criminal law and municipal ordinances. He explained which laws and ordinances applied and gave me a clear understanding of the situation the next day."
Posted by Ken | November 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Packerboy Estates owner
Attorney Kiefer was very professional and handled my case with the utmost respect and dignity. He got the job done I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Battery charge dropped saved my career.
I left a very manipulative husband and ended up getting a Battery charge on top of going through divorce. I was so relieved to get the charge dropped. I am an RN and nursing is my passion and my husband tried his hardest to ruin my livelihood. Tim took the reigns and so glad I hired him as my Attorney :) thank you Tim so much... I can now continue my new job, in a new state and new life without a Battery charge over my head anymore.
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Posted by Linda | July 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Tim was very knowledgeable and helpful with my case. I would definitely hire him again.
Posted by Alan | May 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very professional and thorough
I recently consulted with Tim about a traffic accident involving city damage. Tim consulted with me about all the options and the ramifications of those decisions. It was a very thorough, thoughtful discussion. He explained clearly the different options and made certain that I understood those options. I felt treated well and respected very much and appreciated it. I am very glad that I consulted with Tim on this matter and would be happy to do so again if the
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Posted by Tommy | May 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Happy Client
Tim did a really great job for me. I was initially charged with a felony in Madison and Tim worked to have the felony charge dismissed. Tim was able to work with the DA's office and I was placed into the First Offender program where upon completion I won't have any charges on my record. Tim was easy to work with and all of the communication was smooth. Tim was very organized and seemed to be very comfortable and knowledgable. He definitely knows the ins & outs of the Madison system. Thanks Tim!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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
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Education

  • Harvard University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Wisconsin v. Mitchell Lange, 2009 WI 49
  • Won a 7-0 decision in the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Associations

  • 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

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Warrior of the Year
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Class A Felony Certification
  • Wisconsin State Public Defender
  • 2015

Publications

  • State Bar of Wisconsin publication
  • Wisconsin Criminal Defense Manual, 6th edition (Editorial Review Board member)
  • 2015
  • Harvard Negotiation Law Review
  • "A Case Study in Two-Track Diplomacy: The Lawyers Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control" (book review)
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • 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

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (19)
Endorse Timothy
Licensing Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tim consulted me regarding defense of a client whose professional license was being investigated. He achieved a good result for the client. Tim understood the specialized issues involved in these cases, and did an excellent job!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tim. I have referred several clients to him who were outside of my practice area and they were very pleased with his advice and work. I also have worked with him as the opposing lawyer on family cases, and know him to be a strong and fair advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tim. If my clients have criminal problems in Madison I'd send them to Tim!"
Family Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Timothy Kiefer has a niche practice of family law with criminal defense components. I endorse Mr. Kiefer if you a looking for a lawyer who has experience with these types of cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would certainly refer any clients I have with a legal need in the Madison, Wisconsin area to Tim Kiefer. Tim has the experience, intellect, and personality to very effectively represent his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim is a great lawyer in Wisconsin. He very knowledgable of the law and follows up in a timely manner with his clients. I highly recommend you using his services!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Tim is smart, cordial, and articulate. He is a pleasure to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tim is a great attorney. He is very generous with his time, especially when it comes to mentoring new lawyers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Attorney Kiefer without hesitation. He combines a sharp intellect with an excellent work ethic and real concern for his clients. I rely on him as a trusted adviser and can refer clients to him confident that they'll receive top-notch legal service."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer because of his level of professionalism, and meticulous attention to detail. Tim cares strongly about his clients and has my highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kiefer is a smart, personable, persuasive, ethical, hard-working, and all around good lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.Tim is a tireless advocate who fights for his clients. Tim knows the law inside and out and is always well prepared."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've had the pleasure of working on cases with Tim while he was an Assistant District Attorney and, more recently, in private family law cases. I appreciate his willingness to share his knowledge about legal proceedings with other lawyers. I feel confident that his clients are in good hands when they hire him to represent their interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Kiefer not only cares about his clients and the criminal defense profession, he is constantly supporting and helping his fellow colleagues. He is very knowledgeable and has impressive trial experience. I definitely endorse Attorney Kiefer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Kiefer has years of experience as both a prosecutor and defense attorney handling serious crimes, giving him a well rounded perspective on the merits of a case and how to properly handle a defense. There's no question his talents and reputation continue to gain recognition with his very recent jury acquittal in a drug related homicide case."
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Madison Criminal defense Lawyer Timothy D. Kiefer
Timothy D. Kiefer
Criminal defense Attorney
Madison, WI
Licensed for 25 years