About Us

The Wisconsin Criminal Defense Blog is published by the attorneys at Nicholson & Gansner, S.C. – a Wisconsin defense firm serving Madison and the surrounding areas. This blog is intended to be an educational forum on all things related to criminal law in Wisconsin. Our lawyers provide commentary on current legal events and information on Wisconsin laws and criminal charges – all with the intention of educating Wisconsin citizens on their rights when it comes to criminal law matters.

Read more about our attorneys below:

Jessa K. Nicholson

Shortly after graduating cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School, Nicholson hit the ground running, winning both her first bench trial (a reckless driving traffic ticket) and her first jury trial (a seven count felony case involving charges of battery, sexual assault, bail jumping, and intimidation of a witness) at age 24, just eight months into her trial practice. Nicholson has handled all types of criminal and traffic matters, from simple speeding tickets to 1st degree intentional homicides. Nicholson is comfortable dealing with the pressures associated with high profile cases, and is familiar with dealing with the press.

Nicholas F. Gansner

Attorney Nick Gansner is a Madison native and a graduate of West High School, Dartmouth College, and the University of Virginia School of Law.  Before joining the firm, he worked closely with several judges and prosecutors. As a prosecutor, Gansner was lauded for his decency and compassion in working with victims of crime as well as his expertise, skill, and powerful advocacy in the courtroom.  He brings those same qualities to his representation of those accused of crimes, and to those bringing civil or family actions: decency, compassion, skill, and powerful advocacy.

Nathan Otis

Nathan has been practicing law since 2010. Since joining Nicholson & Gansner in January of 2013, Nathan has represented clients in a variety of criminal and family matters.  The majority of his practice focuses on criminal defense, where he represents individuals facing a wide array of charges, including OWI, drug possession, and fraud. Nathan also devotes a substantial amount of his practice to family law.  In this capacity, he has assisted clients in matters including divorce, establishing paternity and child-placement, child-support modification, and obtaining guardianship of minors.