Judge James R. Beer

James Beer

Judge James R. Beer, Circuit Judge of the State of Wisconsin, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the Judiciary.

Through hard work, Mr. Beer has earned the title of circuit judge in the state of Wisconsin, fulfilling a lifelong interest in the judicial portion of the law. As a child, Mr. Beer’s best friend was the son of a judge who taught them how to play chess at five years old. He was interested in the court, and was able to stop by the judge’s courtroom to watch. When Mr. Beer was an undergraduate, he decided to apply to law school, later becoming one of four applicants to a position on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Like his predecessor, Mr. Beer was appointed by Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, and one year later he won the office.

Mr. Beer is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he first applied for law school and where he earned a BS in 1969. He completed a JD in 1972 from the Marquette University Law School, and further studied with the National Prosecutors School at the Northwestern University School of Law. As a judge, Mr. Beer is proud of creating a drug court where he serves as judge, and of receiving the legislation to approve a second branch. He was able to convince the county board to approve building a new justice center, a 60 thousand square-foot facility with security.

Over the years, Mr. Beer has become a resource on criminal law, personal injury, real estate law, and bankruptcy law. He has over 21 years of experience in the field. In his free time, Mr. Beer is known as an avocational archaeologist, and is a former vice president of the Badger State Archaeological Society. He was also a former president of the board of directors of the Genuine Indian Relic Society, and Mr. Beer’s Native American birdstone carvings were featured in the Wisconsin Archaeologist magazine.

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