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Big city lawyer. Small town roots.

Chris Doerfler has lived all over. He grew up in a small town in western GA. He went to college in little Blair NE. He spent a few years in law school at Madison. Then he lived in thriving, five million person Phoenix, AZ for ten years, where he learned litigation from some of the best legal minds in the country at one of the top firms in the state. Now he makes his home in La Crosse, where he’s proud to be raising his young family in the hometown he’s adopted.

In Phoenix, Chris practiced at an 80 lawyer firm. He defended one governor and took on another. He challenged the entire Department of Corrections. He took on a cadre of the best lawyers in Phoenix. He tried dozens of cases. He got a 140+ year sentence overturned. He defended Olympic coaches and Beauty Queens. He fought hard, tough, and smart, fearlessly pursuing justice, fairness and the rights of his clients. Most of all, he enjoyed the ride.

Chris turns over every leaf, researches, investigates, examines every issue. If there’s a way out of this, whether by force or finesse, Chris will find it for you. If you ever find yourself wishing you could drive over to Madison, Milwaukee or the Twin Cities to get a big city lawyer to fight your case, save the gas. Chris is a big city lawyer, but he’s local and you can have him all to yourself.

Bar Admissions:
Arizona, 1997
Wisconsin, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1997
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2001

University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin, 1997
      J.D., With Honors
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1992
      Major:  History
      Minor:  Computer Science

Dana College, Blair NE, 1986-1988

Classes/Seminars Taught:
“The Criminal Trial from Start to Finish in Arizona”, Lecturer, 2003
“An Introduction to Education Law for Administrators & Lawyers”, Lecturer, 2003
“Parallel Proceedings: Where Criminal and Civil Law Intersect”, Lecturer, 2005
Trial Advocacy Instructor at the Maricopa County Public Defender
Trial Advocacy Instructor, National Business Institute
Trial Advocacy Instructor, Arizona Bar Foundation
      High School Mock Trial Program 2000-2007
Trial Advocacy Instructor, Arizona School for the Arts,
      Mock Trial Program (State Championship every year, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finish)

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 2003
Arizona Attorney for Criminal Justice, Member, 1997
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member, 2005
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member,2005
La Crosse Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2007

Employment Positions:

Maricopa County, Public Defender, 1997 - 2000
Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, 2000 - 2005
The Doerfler Law Firm, LLC, 2005-present, 2008 - present, 2009 - present

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