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Keith R. Wessel

Senior Partner

Attorney Keith Wessel started the firm in 1995. He began his practice in criminal law and family law. He now works primarily in the area of family law.  Prior to going to law school Attorney Wessel worked extensively in politics as a photographer and field organizer. He continues to seek law reform because of this experience.


J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, December 1994

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison , 1986

Iowa State University studied photo-journalism and math, 1973-1975

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Wisconsin, 1994
Legal Experience
  • Wessel, Lehker & Fumelle Inc., Attorney at Law 1995-Present
  • Private practice attorney with primary emphasis on family law.
Political Organizer

National Campaign Staff, Hart for President 1984
Organized congressional districts; managed local volunteers and campaign staff in canvasing and fund raising efforts; conducted print, radio and television interviews.

Public Policy Debates
Proposed and conducted three public policy debates during last year in law school. These projects involved organizing co-sponsoring groups; drafting press releases, guest columns and statutory proposals; and conducting television and radio interviews. Click here to see WEB page information from that era.


National Campaign Staff, Hart for President 1984
Traveled with candidate taking promotional photographs; organized staff of photographers and darkroom at Democratic National Convention

Regional Campaign Staff, Udall for President 1976
Traveled with candidate taking photographs for promotional purposes

National Campaign Staff, McGovern for President 1972
Organized national darkroom and files for staff of seven photographers; traveled with candidate to take promotional photographs


Album/CD covers;

  • Brian Lee
  • Grateful Dead -- Dick's Picks 18,


  • The Story of AC/DC: Let There Be Rock, by Susan Mesino
  • The Strategies of Zeus, by Gary Hart
  • Steve Goodman: Facing the Music, by Clay Eals
  • The Psychedelic Slacker, by Alan Mark Train
  • The Liberals' Moment, The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party, by Bruce Miroff
  • For You, Original Stories and Photographs by Bruce Springsteen's Legendary Fans, by Lawrence Kirsch
  • The Light in Darkness, by Lawrence Kirsch


Time Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Marin Business Journal, Political Profiles, On Stage, Rock Scene, Madcity Music Sheet, College Media Journal, Music City News, Performance, Buddy Magazine, National Journal,


Law & Society Newsletter,


The Des Moines Register, Ames Daily Tribune, East-West, The Chinese Pacific Weekly, In These Times, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The San Francisco Independent, Waterloo Courier, The Daily Cardinal, Hy Tone Music News, Lively Times, Milwaukee Journal, Isthmus, Rick's Cafe, Iowa State Daily, Reliable Source,


NBC Meet the Press, Iowa Public Broadcasting Network, The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern, One Bright Shining Momenta Documentary Film by Stephen Vittoria,


Encyclopedia Britannica,

See photographs

Self employed contractor 1969-1992
Remolded commercial office buildings, private homes and apartments; designed and built custom furniture; consulted on office space management 
Computer Experience

Hardware: Maintained and set up electronic equipment--sound systems, lighting systems and computers for personal and professional purposes; consulted with typesetting firms regarding running cables in internal walls for aesthetic purposes; very well read regarding cutting edge computer technology

Software: Experienced with MS DOS, OS/2, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP Professional, Compugraphic Typesetting, Adobe Illustrator, PC Write, PC File, WordStar 5.0, WordPerfect 5.1, WordPerfect for Windows 6.1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Lexis and Westmate for DOS and Windows, LoisLaw, TimeMatters, Procomm, Telix, HTML, Notepad, Netscape, MS Explorer, Frontpage, Dreamweaver, Paradox, Quatro Pro, MS Excel, MS Word,