Professional Honors and Community Involvement

SuperLawyers Magazine Wisconsin Rising Star - 2013, 2016-2019

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated - 2013-present 10.0/10.0 rated - 2017-Present

La Crosse County Bar Association - President - 2016-7

La Crosse County Bar Association - President Elect 2015-2016

La Crosse County Bar Association - Secretary 2014-2015

La Crosse County Bar Association - Bench/Bar Liaison 2009-2014

La Crosse County Bar Association - Treasurer 2007-2009

LCBA Free Legal Clinic Volunteer - 2012-present

La Crosse Area Young Lawyers Association - President 2008-2009

Wisconsin Bar Association Lawyer Hotline Volunteer - 2008-present

Coulee Council on Addictions Board of Directors - 2012-2019

La Crosse Downtown Rotary member - 2008-present

La Crosse Downtown Rotary Board of Directors - 2016-present

7 Rivers Alliance Board of Directors - 2017-present

Bethany St. Joseph Corporation Board of Directors - 2019-present


Wisconsin Supreme Court oral arguments in State v. Hogan  - 2015

State Bar of Wisconsin Leadership Development Summit - 2015

Volunteering at LCBA Free Legal Clinic - 2016

Coulee Council on Addictions Capital Campaign Kickoff - 2017

Coulee Recovery Center Grand Opening - 2018

Advocating for Reform of Wisonsin Indigent Defense System Finances- 2019 12

Nick completes his year as President of the La Crosse County Bar Association 4/24/2017

About Attorney Nicholas J. Passe

Nick was born in La Crosse in 1979. After attending Holy Trinity Elementary, Aquinas Middle School and Aquinas and Central High Schools, he attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for a year before transferring to the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  While there he interned under Roger Pilon and Timothy Lynch at the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies in Washington, DC for a semester and served as an intern for State Senator Alberta Darling while working odd jobs at Wisconsin Public Radio and as a legal secretary for Foley & Lardner, a large Madison law firm.

After graduating in 2002, Nick moved to Oregon and attended the University of Oregon School of Law from 2003-2006.  While there he clerked for a circuit court judge and interned for two District Attorney's offices, gaining lots of courtroom and trial experience. 

Nick began practicing law in La Crosse, Wisconsin in October 2006 and was hired by Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd. in April 2007.  After 8 1/2 years there practicing in State, Municipal and Appellate Courts, Nick started the Passe Law Office with the goal of providing great legal services to all clients.

Trivia: Nick has a family history in the La Crosse legal community stretching back over 100 years.  Nick's great-great grandfather was Deputy Secretary of the Navy (under Theodore Roosevelt) Robert Cowie.  Robert Cowie then became Trempealeau County District Attorney and then Trempealeau County Judge.  Cowie next moved to La Crosse and founded the predecessor firm to Hale, Skemp, Hanson, Skemp & Sleik, named Cowie & Hale, before being elected as Circuit Court Judge in La Crosse, a position he held until his death in 1951.  Nick's grandfather, Joe Becker, began practicing law in La Crosse in 1953.   He practiced with a number of firms and was heavily involved with the Housing Authority of the City of La Crosse, ultimately retiring from Sauer, Becker, Flanagan & Lynch in 1997.  Nick's aunt, Bridget Rabb, is also a Wisconsin attorney.  Nick's sister, Gretchen Passe Roin, is an attorney in Boston, MA and is married to Benjamin Roin, an intellectual property professor at MIT.  Nick continues his family history of providing top-notch legal representation in La Crosse, and of professional leadership and civic involvement. 

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