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Jennifer Lough

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in La Crosse, WI

Belzer, Schroeder & Lough SC
300 North 2nd Street, Suite 200
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-975-5619
Fax: 608-784-8091
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018
Licensed in Wisconsin Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (70%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)
Attorney Profile

Focusing her practice exclusively on criminal defense matters, Jennifer Lough is a partner at Belzer, Schroeder & Lough. Located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, she furnishes advice and counsel people throughout the state. Ms. Lough has been admitted to practice before all Wisconsin state courts since 2006.

Ms. Lough represents clients who have been charged by the state with having committed misdemeanor or felony offenses. The types of cases that she has worked on during her tenure in private practice have included domestic violence, operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, sexual assault, drug possession and distribution, weapons violations and white collar crimes, and she has been able to obtain positive results in many of these instances, including acquittals as well as through the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecutor.

Ms. Lough has spent more than five years as a prosecutor with the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office, where she chaired many complex jury trials. This experience has allowed her to often anticipate the types of tactics that the state will employ against her defendant clients, and her successes in private practice have earned her the recognition of her fellow attorneys, including a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Ms. Lough majored in psychology and criminology at Marquette University in Milwaukee and received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude in 2000. After graduation, she joined the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office where she served as a victim's rights specialist with the domestic violence unit before deciding to pursue her legal education at Marquette University Law School. A 2006 recipient of a Juris Doctor cum laude, Ms. Lough is also a past president of the La Crosse County Bar Association.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI


3 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018

About Jennifer Lough

First Admitted: 2006, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • La Crosse County Bar Association, President-Elect, 2017-2018
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • La Crosse County Bar Association, President
  • La Crosse County Bar Association, Secretary, 2016-2017
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Educational Background

  • Marquette University, Bachelor of Arts, Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Major: Psychology and Criminology, 2000

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Guest Adjunct Lecturer of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Spring 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • La Crosse County Free Legal Clinic, 2012-Present
  • Pro Bono Honor Society, 2018
  • Member of the Board of Directors for New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center
  • Habitat for Humanity – La Crosse, Board of Directors, 2013-2020
  • New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center – La Crosse, Chair of Fundraising, Education, and Marketing Committee, 2014
  • New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center – La Crosse, Board Chair, 2016


  • "Rising Star in Criminal Defense in Wisconsin": Milwaukee Magazine (SuperLawyers), 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • Friend of Education, Education Association of Waukesha, 2010
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Office Location for Jennifer Lough

300 North 2nd Street
Suite 200
La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone: 608-975-5619

Fax: 608-784-8091

Last Updated: 6/25/2021

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