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Chris Doerfler, Founder of The Doerfler Law Firm & BadgerLawyer

Chris Doerfler came up from the workingman’s world. He was on his own when he was 18 and put himself through college working in ditches. Building cabinets. Running a Bobcat. Tamping – if you’ve ever tamped, you know what we mean. That’s work. Chris met a lot of people working those 14 hour days in the hot sun, and there’s two things he learned. One, working men and women are some of the hardest working, most decent folks you’ll ever meet. And two, it’s a heckuva privilege to get to be a lawyer. Chris still works 14 hours most days, but he never forgets that he gets to be warm on cold days and cool on hot ones. And he never forgets the people who worked alongside him on his journey and the people who helped him get where he is. He knows the economy is always tight for regular folks, and he knows regular folks need lawyers too. So along with providing super good legal services, the Badger gives you a super good price.

Our Client Service Philosophy: Listen, Evaluate, and Explain

Chris believes that success in the legal arena is not as much about getting a certain verdict, but about getting the results his clients want. Choices in the legal system are never easy. A complex array of factors goes into every decision. What are my chances? What happens down the road if I do this or don’t do that? How much will it cost me? Can I go through a trial without having a nervous breakdown? How will this affect the kids?

People faced with legal troubles have to find their own balance, that comfortable spot where all the competing concerns come together to form a goal that best works for them. Sometimes that’s all out warfare – trial without any chance of compromise. Most often, clients are looking for something a lot gentler than that.

What’s important is that the first thing Chris will do for you is listen. Not just hear the words coming out of your mouth, but genuinely listen. Hear you and learn what you are thinking, needing, suffering.


After that, Chris will evaluate your legal situation. This means he takes the facts of your case and projects the most likely results for all the strategies available.

Then, he will explain to you what the possible outcomes are, which are realistic, and which aren’t. He’ll give you the news honestly.

Then, once your questions are answered, you and Chris will decide ongoals. How do you want your case to come out?  Do you want your day in court, or is settlement in the cards? Are you innocent of some charges but willing to deal on others? Are you flexible on support but firm on visitation? Can you handle the stress of trial? Are the facts with you or against? You and Chris will work together to decide what path to take.

Once goals are established, Chris will set about accomplishing them. You will remain an integral part of this process. Unlike some other lawyers, Chris believes you should stay closely connected to your case and your litigation team. That means call any time with questions, and we’ll be glad to let you know how things are going. Remember that short phone calls are always free. Together, you and Chris will find the best possible way to accomplish the best outcome possible for you.




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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    19 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Family: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    19 years, 100 cases
  4. General Practice: 5%
  5. Bankruptcy: 5%



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    I endorse this lawyer. Chris has an impressive resume and is a prolific contributor to this site. His answers are always helpful, informative, and intelligent. He clearly cares about his clients.


    Scott Silva Criminal defense Attorney
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    Chris is one of the most creative attorneys with whom I have ever worked. Chris and I worked closely together on numerous cases in Arizona, and I remain amazed at his ability to effortlessly devise persuasive arguments for nearly any legal conundrum. I would highly and unquestionably recommend Chris to resolve any legal problem with which you may be faced.


    Philip Overcash Litigation Attorney
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Contact info

Doerfler Law Firm, LLC

125 N. 4th Street
La Crosse, WI, 54601


WIGood Standing199703/20/2015
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDoerfler Law Firm, LLC2005 - Present
AssociateJones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C.2000 - 2005
Staff AttorneyMaricopa County Public Defender1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
La Crosse County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2005 - Present
Maricopa County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Pacheco144 year prison sentence overturned!
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Publication nameTitleDate
La Crosse MagazineHow Can You Defend Those People?2009
La Crosse MagazineWhy Do Lawyers Cost So Much?2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of WisconsinN/AJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of Wisconsin, MadisonHistory, Computer ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
JS&H Annual Update on the LawWhite Collar Crime & Parallel Proceedings2005
The Criminal trial, Start to FinishCriminal Trial Advocacy2004
Current Topics in Education LawTopics in Education Law, No Child Left Behind2003