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Jessa Nicholson Goetz - Madison, WI

22 East Mifflin StreetSuite 90 Madison, WI 53703

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Updated: 10/25/2022

Madison Criminal Defense Lawyer


Atty. Jessa Nicholson Goetz is the founding partner of Nicholson Goetz & Otis, S.C., and is widely regarded as one of the most skilled sensitive crimes defense attorneys in the State of Wisconsin. While Nicholson handles all types of state criminal charges, her focus has been on defending individuals accused of what can be the most controversial and serious crimes in our justice system - sexual assault (of both adults and children), homicide, attempted homicide, and child abuse...

About Jessa Nicholson Goetz

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Founding Partner


  • English


Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 2006
  • Michigan

Other Affiliations

  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2006 - Present (Member)
  • Dane County Bar Association, 2006 - Present (Member)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member)
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Project (Coordinator)
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (DCCDLA) (Vice President)
  • Wisconsin Bar Association (Member)


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin, 2006
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Dean's List - 2003
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2003
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Economics
    Major: History of Art

Classes and Seminars

  • Faculty, WACDL’s Trial College
  • Teacher, Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Teacher, Wisconsin State Public Defender
  • Teacher, Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
  • Teacher, Wisconsin State Bar
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Wisconsin Law School


Other Sources of Feedback About Jessa Nicholson Goetz

Included on the 2023 Wisconsin list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Jessa Nicholson Goetz on Super Lawyers


  • Super Lawyers
  • Dane County Criminal Defense Lawyers Warrior Award, 2010 and 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Named One of Wisconsin's Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Martin Hanson Memorial Advocate's Prize by the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL), 2013 and 2015
  • Best Criminal Defense Attorneys List, Madison Magazine
  • Women Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Top 25
  • Madison Top 25 Lawyers, Super Lawyers

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Office Information


22 East Mifflin StreetSuite 90 Madison, WI 53703


  • 608-819-8273

Accepts Credit Cards




  • Jury Selection in the Age of the #MeToo Era
  • "For The Defense”, a quarterly publication by the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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