Keith A. Belzer

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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: 2005 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense
    Attorney Profile

    Keith A. Belzer is a founding partner of the law firm Devanie Belzer & Schroeder, located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. As a trial attorney, Mr. Belzer handles cases involving criminal defense, civil rights and personal injury.

    As a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and a member of the Wisconsin Trial Skills Academy, Mr. Belzer is a frequent lecturer on criminal defense issues and trial techniques. In addition to national appointments, he has presented to legal authorities and public defenders in Israel, Puerto Rico and The People's Republic of China.

    Some of his more notable successes include a $5.4 million civil rights verdict in Lawson v. Trowbridge, et al., and his work with the Gideon Initiative in Israel. His firm is also famous for its success in the retrial and exoneration of Evan Zimmerman, a previously convicted felon, whose story was the subject of a feature-length documentary aired on national television.

    Mr. Belzer received his law degree from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1992. Previous to that, he worked for nearly a decade in the theater industry as an actor, director and playwright.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Criminal Defense
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Overdrawn Bank Account, Parole, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Criminal Domestic Violence


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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020

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    About Keith Belzer

    Admitted: 1992, Wisconsin

    Professional Webpage:


    • Leaders in the Law Award, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2006
    • Dedicated Service Award: Wisconsin State Public Defender, 1996
    • Leadership and Service Award: Loyola University Law School, 1992

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Gideon Initiative. Advised Israeli government on developing and implementing a trial skills program for Israeli public defenders.
    • Partner: Devanie, Belzer & Schroeder S.C.
    • Board of Directors - Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • State Public Defender: 1992-2000
    • Actor, Director Playwright: Chicago, Illinois, 1985-1992    
    • Wisconsin, 1992
    • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2001
    • La Crosse Regional Training Coordinator: 1997-2000  
    • Passell for Judge Campaign. Media consultant in successful campaign  
    • Member, Wisconsin State Bar, 1992
    • La Crosse County Bar Association  
    • Assistant to the Training Director: 1999-2000

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Sentencing Strategies Committee - La Crosse Couny Board
    • Community Advisory Board - Unified Family Court Project
    • Board President - Coulee Region Mediation and Restorative Justice
    • Wisconsin Coalition Against the Death Penalty 

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico
    • Pima County Public Defender, Tucson, Arizona
    • Missouri State Public Defender
    • Wisconsin State Bar
    • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • La Crosse Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Marquette Law School
    • Viterbo University
    • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    • Knox College  
    • Peoples Republic of China
    • National Criminal Defense College: Trial Skills College
    • National Criminal Defense College: Advanced Cross-Examination
    • National Criminal Defense College: Theories and Themes


    • Lawson v. Trowbridge, et al. Resulted in a $5.4 million civil rights verdict

    Educational Background:

    •  Knox College, Bachelor of Arts, 1985
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    Office Location for Keith A. Belzer

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

    Phone: 608-975-5619

    Fax: 608-784-8091

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