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Keith Belzer is a nationally recognized lecturer and teacher on criminal defense issues, trial techniques and strategies.  In addition to his position on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and the Wisconsin Trial Skills Academy, Mr. Belzer has lectured or taught for over 50 criminal defense groups or conferences.  He has presented to the Israeli National Public Defender, the Puerto Rican CJA Panel and The People’s Republic of China, where Mr. Belzer was the keynote speaker at the first public defender regional training ever held in China. 


In 2005, 2006 and 2007 Mr. Belzer’s peers named him one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the State of Wisconsin as published in Milwaukee Magazine.  In 2006 Mr. Belzer received one of 12 statewide Leaders in the Law awards from the Wisconsin Law Journal.  


One of Mr. Belzer’s cases, the retrial and exoneration of Evan Zimmerman, a man previously falsely convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a homicide that he did not commit, was the subject of a feature length documentary, Facing Life, the Retrial of Evan Zimmerman, which can be seen on the Arts and Entertainment Network and the Biography Channel. 


Mr. Belzer is also a frequent commentator on national, statewide and local legal issues and has appeared on such nationally syndicated shows as Good Morning America, The O’Reilly Factor and Geraldo at Large.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 95%
    24 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Unspecified: 5%

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    Keith is incredibly skilled in criminal defense. His ability to relate to jurors and explain complicated concepts makes him an asset as a defense attorney.


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Contact info

300 N 2nd St # 200
La Crosse, WI, 54601-2001


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Wisconsin Super LawyerMilwaukee Magazine2008
Alumni Acheivement AwardKnox College2008
Wisconsin Super LawyerMilwaukee Magazine2007
Leaders in the LawWisconsin State Bar Journal2006
Wisconsin Super LawyerMilwaukee Magazine2006
Hanson AwardWisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2006
Wisconsin Super LawyerMilwaukee Magazine2005
Hanson AwardWisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2005
Dedicated Service AwardWisconsin State Public Defender1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerDevanie, Belzer & Schraeder, S.C.2000 - Present
Assistant State Public DefenderWisconsin State Public Defender1992 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Criminal Defense CollegeFaculty1996 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1992 - Present
Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Wisconsin vs. Evan ZimmermanExoneration on Innocence Project Case
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute SeminarThe Art of Voir Dire2009
NACDL PublicationDirect Examination Like There's Money at Stake2007
National Business InstituteJury Selection2006
NACDL PublicationPreparing Experts to Testify2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1992
Knox CollegeTheaterBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Criminal Defense CollegeCriminal Defense Issues2008
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysCriminal Defense Issues2007
Idaho Federal Defender's OfficeCriminal Defense Issues2006
People's Republic of ChinaCriminal Defense Issues2005
Mass. Public Defender's OfficeCriminal Defense Issues2004
Alaska Public Defender's OfficeCriminal Defense Issues2003
Indiana Public Defender's OfficeCriminal Defense Issues2002
Los Angeles Federal Defender's OfficeCriminal Defense Issues2001
Arizona Public Defender's OfficeCriminal Defense Issues2000
Puerto Criminal Defense AttorneysCriminal Defense Issues1999
Israeli Public DefenderCriminal Defense Issues1999
Wisconsin State Public DefenderCriminal Defense Issues1998