Nicholas J. Passe

Nicholas J. Passe

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in La Crosse, WI

Passe Law Office, LLC
 | 223 3rd St N, La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-783-5545
Fax: 608-789-5545
Selected To Rising Stars: 2013, 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (30%),
  • Family Law (20%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (10%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Passe is a La Crosse native dedicated to helping his clients achieve their short-term goals while also keeping the bigger picture in mind.  He has a Martindale Hubbell AV preeminent rating and has been a SuperLawyers Rising Star designee five times now.  He served as President of the La Crosse County Bar Association (2016-17) and has been active in the community on a number of boards and in other ways both publicly and behind the scenes.


    About Nicholas Passe

    Admitted: 2006, Wisconsin

    Professional Webpage:


    • Recognizing material contributions to the Rotary International Foundation, Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, 2013
    • AV Preeminent-rated, Martindale Hubbell, 2013

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Member - Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ("WACDL") (2007-present)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Treasurer - La Crosse County Bar Association (2007-2009), 2007
    • Member - La Crosse Area Criminal Defense Lawyers ("LACDL"), 2006
    • Secretary - La Crosse County Bar Association (2014-2015 year), 2014
    • President-Elect - La Crosse County Bar Association (2015-2016 year), 2015
    • Bench/Bar Liaison - La Crosse County Bar Association (2009-2014), 2009
    • President - La Crosse County Bar Association (2016-2017 year), 2016

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Volunteer - Wisconsin Bar Association Lawyer Hotline (2008-present)
    • 7 Rivers Alliance Board of Directors - This is the regional economic development planning authority for Southwest Wisconsin, Southeast Minnesota and Northeast Iowa., 2017
    • Board Member - Coulee Council on Addictions (2012-present)
    • La Crosse Downtown Rotary Board of Directors, 2016
    • Various community service activities - La Crosse Downtown Rotary (2008-present) - Kids Coulee, Rotary Lights, Rotary Fruit Baskets, host/organizer of NCAA Basketball tournament fundraiser.
    • Volunteer - La Crosse County Bar Association Free Legal Clinic (2012-present)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Presentation to La Crosse County Bar Association regarding how addictions affect our clients and the Courts., Speaker, Addictions and the Courts, La Crosse County Bar Association, 2017


    • Sale of "Patros Property" industrial real estate to City of La Crosse, WI., 2010
    • Sale of large advertising business to much larger national competitor., 2011

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • 10/10 rating (as of June 2016)
    • Martindale - Hubbell AV Rating (2013)
    • Practiced before Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2015

    Educational Background:

    • J.D. - University of Oregon, 2006
    • B.S. - Political Science - University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2002
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    Office Location for Nicholas J. Passe

    223 3rd St N
    La Crosse, WI 54601

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    Last Updated: 4/14/2020

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