J. Michael End Recipient of the first

Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

by the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers


J. Michael End was the recipient of the first Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers (WATL).  Attorney End received the award at the Presidents’ Reception and Dinner on Friday, December 1, 2000 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Incoming WATL President M. Angela Dentice (Milwaukee) and Outgoing WATL President Kevin Lonergan (Appleton) hosted the event.

WATL established the Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award to recognize a trial lawyer who has made contributions to the trial bar by handling a case involving a significant change in the law or a precedent-setting suit, or by donating time on a committee or project that benefited injured consumers.

Attorney End was one of four finalists for the award.  The other finalists were attorneys William Gleisner, III of Milwaukee, James Olson of Madison and Robert Slattery of Waukesha.

Outgoing WATL President Kevin Lonergan said, “Choosing the recipient of the award was a very difficult decision because all four finalists exemplify the many ways trial lawyers use their skills and determination to create a more just society.  They serve as inspiring models for us all.” 

Attorney End received the award for his compassion and commitment on behalf of injured consumers.  Former WATL President Don Prachthauser wrote, “Mike’s character, work ethic, and intelligence make him an ideal role model for all lawyers.  In my opinion, his approach to the practice of law is exemplary.  Mike has always taken on difficult cases for people who deserve to have their cases heard in court.  He appears to be motivated by a need to ‘do the right thing.’”  One case Mr. End is handling is Maurin v. Hall, where a West Bend circuit court held Wisconsin’s wrongful death cap unconstitutional.

Mr. End is a partner with the Gray & End law firm in Milwaukee and limits his practice to personal injury lawsuits, specifically handling medical malpractice claims.

Mr. End was very humbled upon receiving the award, thanking those who nominated him.  He expressed his great honor in receiving an award named for Robert Habush.  He specifically recalled hearing Mr. Habush speak to his law school class 28 years ago and was very impressed with the presentation and over the years he has often visited courtrooms to watch Mr. Habush present his case before a jury.

WATL named the award after Robert L. Habush for his years of dedication and commitment to the fight for the rights of accident victims nationwide and for the tremendous time and energy he has devoted to WATL.  Mr. Habush has served WATL in many capacities, twice being president (1968-69 and 1971-72) and for ten years chairing the Legislative Committee.  He also served as president of the national Association of Trial Lawyers of America from 1986-87.

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