Belzer, Schroeder & Lough

Attorney Keith Belzer

experienced criminal defense attorney Keith Belzer

Keith Belzer

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(608) 784-8055

Nationally Recognized Criminal Defense Attorney

La Crosse criminal defense attorney Keith Belzer is a nationally recognized lecturer and teacher on criminal defense issues, trial techniques and strategies. As a faculty member at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, and a member of the Wisconsin Trial Skills Academy, Attorney Belzer is a frequent lecturer on criminal defense issues and trial techniques, having lectured or taught for over 50 criminal defense groups or conferences. In addition to national appointments, he has presented to the Israeli National Public Defender and the Puerto Rican CJA Panel (Criminal Justice Act). Attorney Belzer has presented in The People's Republic of China, where he was the keynote speaker at the first public defender attorney regional training ever held in China.

Selected as a Top Criminal Defense Lawyer in Wisconsin

Since 2005, for seventeen consecutive years, Attorney Belzer has been selected one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin as published in Milwaukee Magazine. His peers rated him as one of the SuperLawyers for criminal defense law. SuperLawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Also, in 2006, Mr Belzer received one of 12 statewide "Leaders in the Law" awards from the Wisconsin Law Journal.

One of Belzer's cases, the retrial and exoneration of Evan Zimmerman, a man previously falsely convicted and sentenced to life in prison for a homicide that he did not commit, was the subject of a feature length documentary: Facing Life, the Retrial of Evan Zimmerman, which has been broadcast on the Arts and Entertainment Network and the Biography Channel.

In La Crosse County Wisconsin, Attorney Keith Belzer has been appointed to the La Crosse County Committee Examining the Disproportionate Arrest Rate of Minorities, and has been named Co-Chair of the La Crosse County Criminal Justice Management Council.

Belzer is also a frequent commentator on national, statewide and local legal issues and has appeared on nationally syndicated shows including Good Morning America, The O'Reilly Factor, and Geraldo at Large.

Belzer has also worked as an actor, director and playwright. Belzer has acted in Illinois, Wisconsin, Vermont and Connecticut. Plays he has written have been produced in California, Illinois, Connecticut, and Wisconsin. Prior to law school, Belzer co-founded one theater company and managed two others and devoted close to a decade of his life exclusively to the world of theater.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1992
  • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2001


  • Juris Doctor: Loyola University of Chicago Law School, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts: Knox College, 1985

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys - Board of Directors
  • La Crosse County Bar Association
  • National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia - Faculty
Wisconsin State Bar Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • La Crosse County Criminal Justice Management Council - Co-Chair
  • Coulee Region Mediation and Restorative Justice - Board President
  • Unified Family Court Project - Community Advisory Board
  • La Crosse County Board - Sentencing Strategies Committee
  • Wisconsin Coalition Against the Death Penalty

Awards and Recognition

  • Leaders in the Law , Wisconsin Law Journal 2006
  • Dedicated Service Award: Wisconsin State Public Defender, 1996
  • Leadership and Service Award: Loyola University Law School, 1992
  • Top Criminal Defense Lawyers in Wisconsin: Milwaukee Magazine (SuperLawyers designation), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
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  • Partner: Belzer, Schroeder & Lough S.C.
  • State Public Defender, 1992-2000; Assistant to the Training Director, 1999-2000; La Crosse Regional Training Coordinator, 1997-2000
  • Actor, Director Playwright, Chicago, Illinois, 1985-1992

Selected Consultations

  • Lawson v. Trowbridge, et al. Resulted in a $5.4 million civil rights verdict
  • Gideon Initiative. Advised Israeli government on developing and implementing a trial skills program for Israeli public defenders.
  • Passell for Judge Campaign. Media consultant in successful campaign.
  • Levine for Judge Campaign. Media consultant in successful campaign.
  • Doyle for Judge Campaign. Media consultant in successful campaign.

Selected Lectures, Presentations and Demonstrations

  • 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
  • United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico
  • Pima County Public Defender, Tucson, Arizona
  • Missouri State Public Defender
  • Wisconsin State Public Defender
  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • La Crosse County Bar Association
  • La Crosse Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Marquette Law School
  • Viterbo University
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Knox College

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