December 11, 2017 (Madison) The Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ) is proud to name Eric M. Knobloch of Milwaukee as the Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer of 2018. Knobloch received the award and was honored in front of his friends and colleagues at WAJ's annual President's Dinner on December 7 in Milwaukee.
Eric is an attorney at Gruber Law Offices, LLC in Milwaukee. Eric has spent his entire career dedicated to helping his injured clients hold wrongdoers responsible. He currently serves as a member of the WAJ Board of Directors and is proud to have been a member of the organization for his entire legal career.
Eric stands out for his skill at and willingness to try cases in the court room. During the past year alone, Eric has tried six cases to verdict. The right to a civil jury trial, embedded in the U.S. (7th Amendment) and Wisconsin (Article I, § 5) constitutions, is one of our oldest consumer safety nets. The frequency of jury trials, however, has long been in decline, making Eric's skill and record all the more impressive. For example, in 2017, there were only 186 civil jury trials in the state of Wisconsin (for tort cases).
"Eric has honed his skills to achieve outstanding results for his clients while keeping alive the proud tradition of the civil jury trial," said Heath P. Straka of Madison, who served as WAJ President in 2018, "I could not be prouder to be presenting Eric with this award."
Eric is a graduate of the Marquette University Law School. He is licensed to practice in both Wisconsin and Illinois and is a proud member of the Milwaukee Bar Association. He has previously been honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal as an "Up and Coming Lawyer."
He lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife, Melissa, and three children.
About the Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer Award: This award recognizes a trial lawyer who has shown exceptional dedication to their craft and reflected WAJ's mission of protecting access to the courts. WAJ's mission includes promoting the administration of justice for the public good, upholding the honor and dignity of the profession of law, and protecting and exercising the right of trial by jury.
To be eligible, a nominee must be a licensed attorney under 40 years of age or in practice less than 10 years who has shown outstanding dedication to the Wisconsin Association for Justice or demonstrated significant legal skill and accomplishment.
The Wisconsin Association for Justice was founded in 1957. As the largest statewide voluntary bar association, WAJ's mission is ensuring a fair and effective judicial system and the protection of the Constitutional right to a civil jury trial.