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Jessa K. Nicholson

Criminal defense Attorney at Madison, WI

5.0   3 reviews

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Practice areas
Licensed for 16 years
State WI
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/05/2022

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Nicholson & Gansner, S.C.
14 West Mifflin Street.
Suite 103
Madison, WI, 53703-3115


5.0 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Sesha | April 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family law
Jessa, Nicholson was an Amazing lawyer!! She was hardworking and extremely dedicated. I was fortunate enough to receive her as a referral by a larger firm who thought she was the best to handle my child custody case. I not only won, but gained more than expected. Honest &professional.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2014
My First Call
Jessa is amazing. My family called her office when I caught my last case, and she was willing to come and visit me in the jail. I was accused of multiple charges, distribution, a shooting, and also facing revocation for violating my probation. Jessa fought for me the entire way, including my trial, where I was found NOT GUILTY! My revocation was dropped for an ATR of time served and now I'm back in the world where I belong. If I ever catch another case, Jessa is going to be my first call.
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Posted by Post your review anonymously | July 23, 2014
Jessa is wonderful! I trust her completely! I have a great deal of respect for her, just like she treats me. No matter what the situation is, I know she's fighting for me till the end!


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Nicholson & Gansner, S.C.
  • 2006 - Present


  • University of Wisconsin
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • State v. M.B.
  • Dismissed
  • State v. A.M.
  • Acquitted at Jury Trial
  • State v. M.B.
  • Acquitted at Jury Trial
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  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Martin Hanson Advocate Prize
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Warrior Award
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • WACDL Summer Seminar
  • Discovery in the Electronic Age
  • 2014
  • Women Law Student Association
  • Small Firm Law, Women in the Field of Criminal Defense
  • 2014
  • WACDL Summer Seminar
  • Grey Matters: Psychological Factors as Mitigation at Sentencing
  • 2013
  • Women in Law
  • Small Firm Law, Women in the Field of Criminal Defense
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jessa is an excellent attorney -- a strong and capable advocate. I highly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Nicholson is a creative and aggressive advocate with a well-deserved reputation for innovation and success. Her thorough knowledge of trial practice and comfort in front of jurors makes her an exceptional trial lawyer. If I or one of my sons were accused of a crime, she'd be the one I'd call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jessa is one of the top criminal defense attorneys practicing in Wisconsin. I am proud to call her my partner and colleague."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Nicholson is without a doubt one of the brightest rising stars in the field of criminal defense trial attorneys. She has a won several hard fought jury trials in the last few years and does not shy away from a hard fought battle over serious charges. I've personally seen Attorney Nicholson at work in court, reviewed the entire trial court record and transcripts from a case she handled at the trial level and followed her hard fought victories at trial over the past several years. With that insight in to the high standard of her work, I would endorse Attorney Nicholson without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a strong advocate who knows the system well."
Criminal defense
Criminal defense

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Madison Criminal defense Lawyer Jessa K. Nicholson
Jessa K. Nicholson
Criminal defense Attorney
Madison, WI
Licensed for 16 years
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