Wisconsin Association for Justice Elects 2014 Leadership Team
The Wisconsin Association for Justice has elected a new leadership team for 2014 with an emphasis on protecting court access as a priority.
Christopher Stombaugh, of The Keenan Law Firm, Platteville, was elected President at this week's annual association meeting. "We remain fully committed to our mission of keeping the courthouse doors of Wisconsin open to all of our people, not just the powerful corporations and insurers who file most of the lawsuits in our state. Our members and Wisconsin's jury system are the last, best hope for ordinary folks; those without any other voice, to get justice. Our courtrooms need to remain the one place in our government where big money doesn't talk," said Stombaugh.
Stombaugh's practice has been devoted to the service of injured families in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa as well as farm families afflicted by stray voltage.
Also elected to the Wisconsin Association for Justice leadership positions are:
Ann S. Jacobs, Milwaukee, President-Elect.
Jacobs is the founder of Jacobs Injury Law, S.C. Named as one of Wisconsin's top lawyers by both M Magazine and SuperLawyers, Jacobs focuses on medical malpractice, nursing home abuse or neglect, and personal injury cases.
Russell T. Golla, Stevens Point, Vice President.
Named as a Civil Trial Specialist since 1999 by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Golla has focused on personal injury, complex commercial construction, and environmental litigation. He is a partner with Anderson, O'Brien, Bertz, Skrenes & Golla.
Benjamin S. Wagner, Milwaukee, Secretary.
Former Chair of the New Lawyers Section of the Wisconsin Association of Justice, Wagner has successfully tried numerous personal injury cases in southeastern Wisconsin. Wagner was listed in the Best Lawyers In America in 2012 and 2013. He is a shareholder at Habush, Habush, & Rottier S.C.
Heath P. Straka, Madison, Treasurer.
Fluent in Spanish, Straka volunteers with the Dane County Bar for non-English speaking legal services. A partner at Gingras, Cates & Luebke, Straka focuses on class action suits involving wage and hour violations, bad faith insurance claims, and medical malpractice.
The Wisconsin Association for Justice was founded in 1957. As the largest statewide voluntary bar association, its members support a mission of working for a fair and effective justice system - one that ensures justice for all, not just a privileged few.