Nicholas J. Passe

Nicholas J. Passe

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law 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 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (30%),
  • Criminal Defense (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (10%)
Attorney Profile

I have been the youngest-ever president of the La Crosse County Bar Association and achieved a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent peer-review rating faster and younger than anyone in the area to the best of my knowledge.  I pride myself on civic involvement (Coulee Council on Addictions Board of Directors, 7 Rivers Alliance Board of Directors, La Crosse Downtown Rotary Board of Directors) and on my work.  I am known for getting to the nub of matters quickly and for achieving favorable outcomes for clients as efficiently as possible.  I advise my clients with an aim not only to maximize their positions in the immediate matters I am helping them with, but also for their long-term health and prosperity.


About Nicholas Passe

Admitted: 2006, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage:


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

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

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

Other Outstanding Achievements:

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

Educational Background:

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

223 3rd St. N.
La Crosse, WI 54601

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Last Updated: 6/28/2018

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