The Wisconsin Association for Justice Bestows 

Daniel A. Rottier

The Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

Daniel A. Rottier received the Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ) on Friday, December 5, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

The Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award is bestowed on a WAJ member who has made an outstanding contribution to the public interest or who has demonstrated compassion and commitment to advocacy on behalf of injured consumers.  

In presenting the award, WAJ President Christine Bremer Muggli stated, “Dan Rottier has demonstrated a true commitment to trial advocacy and to the rights of injured consumers.  Over the course of 32 years in trial practice, he has conducted more than 125 jury trials.  This is an amazing record.  He has handled cases throughout Wisconsin and in 17 other states dealing mainly with product liability and medical malpractice.  He is indeed proud to wear the moniker of ‘trial lawyer.’”

In 2008 alone, Rottier has won three medical malpractice trials. 

  • Walker v. Wood.  Plaintiff suffered severe scarring in a botched breast reduction surgery.  (Rock County)
  • Marzofka v. Esser.  Plaintiff underwent a laparoscopic hernia repair with resultant colon perforation and ultimately had a total colectomy with permanent ileostomy. (Wood County)
  • Schulz v. Case.  Plaintiff has MS and was evaluated for a Baclofen Pump and received test dose of Baclofen which caused respiratory failure and subsequently severe brain damage.  (Milwaukee County)


In addition, during 2008, Dan was also able to reach the following settlements on behalf of clients victimized by medical errors:


  • For a 40-year-old man whose cardiac problem was undiagnosed, resulting in a cardiac arrest and brain injury.
  • For death of a husband and father of two having chest pain whose heart attack went undiagnosed resulting in his death.
  • For a woman who died from a perforated ulcer and peritonitis that went undiagnosed by a nurse practitioner at the Dean clinic. 


Rottier has been doing trial work since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School in 1976.  After three years of general practice, he began working for the Habush firm in its Madison office when it was established in 1979.  He is now the Chief Operating Officer of Habush Habush & Rottier  S.C., with thirteen offices throughout Wisconsin.   He is admitted to practice in all courts in Wisconsin, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin, the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States, where he successfully argued Molzof v. United States of America.

Rottier is an active member in numerous trial lawyer organizations.  He is past President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, past chair of the Wisconsin Civil Justice Education Foundation, and past chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  He was a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice and the State Bar of Wisconsin.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Dane County Bar Association and the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.  He is on the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin Law School.  He is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Wisconsin Law Foundation.  He has been certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocates and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In its publication, Law and Politics has included him in the top ten lawyers in Wisconsin in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Rottier has taught trial advocacy at the University of Wisconsin Law School and is a frequent lecturer to various professional groups, including the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin and at the Marquette University School of Law.

On receiving the award, Rottier expressed his appreciation and humility in receiving the award, saying, “It is an honor and privilege to receive this recognition named after Robert Habush; someone I have had the pleasure of working with for 29 years and who has done so much for this organization and the civil justice system.”

Rottier lives in Madison with his wife, Frankie, and their four children.

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