Jessa Nicholson Goetz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Madison, WI

Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C.
 | 22 East Mifflin Street, Suite 90
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-237-6854
Fax: 608-819-8273
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (80%),
  • Family Law (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Jessa Nicholson Goetz is a partner at Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C., located in Madison, Wisconsin. Focusing her practice on criminal defense, she represents clients throughout the state who have been charged with felonies and misdemeanors including homicide, battery, sexual assault, drug distribution and possession, reckless endangerment and extortion.

    Ms. Nicholson received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, graduating magna cum laude in 2003 with a dual major in economics and history of art. As an undergraduate, she worked as an advocate in a local domestic violence shelter. She then went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Law School. Named to the dean's list in the fall of 2003, she graduated cum laude and received her Juris Doctor in 2006. While in law school, Ms. Nicholson served as an intern at the Kenosha branch of the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office. She has been with Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C., since her graduation.

    Ms. Nicholson is an annual speaker at her alma mater's Women Law Students Association and has led seminars on a variety of criminal defense matters for the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, of which she has been a member since 2006. The organization further honored Ms. Nicholson in 2013 by presenting her with the Martin Hanson Memorial Prize.

    Since 2009, Ms. Nicholson has served as coordinator for the Dane County Criminal Defense Project. Highly regarded by her fellow professionals, she has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo, and in 2010, she was given the Warrior Award by the Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, Ms. Nicholson is an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Dane County Bar Association and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. 

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Murder, Parole, Probation, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements


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    Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021

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    About Jessa Nicholson Goetz

    Admitted: 2006, Wisconsin

    Professional Webpage:


    • Named One of Wisconsin's Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Warrior Award (Outstanding Work in Criminal Defense), 2015
    • 10 Best - Client Satisfaction, American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, 2015
    • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
    • Warrior of the Year, DCCDLA, 2015
    • Warrior Award, Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2010
    • The Advocate’s Prize/Hanson Memorial Award from WACDL, 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Dane County Bar Association, Member, 2006 - Present
    • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2006 - Present
    • Wisconsin, 2006
    • Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2015
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Domestic Violence Project/SAFE House, Washtenaw County, Michigan, from 2000-2003

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, Women Law Student Association, University of Wisconsin - Madison Law School since 2011
    • Wisconsin State Journal

    Educational Background:

    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.A., magna cum laude, Major: Economics, Major: History of Art
    • Named on the Dean's List of academic achievement in the fall, 2003
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    Office Location for Jessa Nicholson Goetz

    22 East Mifflin Street
    Suite 90
    Madison, WI 53703

    Phone: 608-237-6854

    Fax: 608-819-8273

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    Last Updated: 6/1/2021

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