Jennifer Lough

Top rated criminal defense attorney in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Schroeder & Lough SC
Jennifer Lough
Schroeder & Lough SC

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Wisconsin since: 2006

Education: Marquette University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018

Schroeder & Lough SC

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


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

Attorney 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.

Attorney 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.

Attorney 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, Attorney Lough is also a past president of the La Crosse County Bar Association.

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Criminal defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Arrest & arraignment, Assault & battery, Criminal fraud, Criminal law, Drug & alcohol violations, Expungement, False accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Motor vehicle offenses, Murder, Sex offenses, Theft, Traffic violations, Criminal domestic violence, DUI/DWI

  • 60% Criminal defense
  • 40% Criminal defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 2006, Wisconsin

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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

Office location for Jennifer Lough

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

Phone: 608-975-5619


4 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2018

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