Robert L. Habush




Having the Trial Lawyer ofThe Year Award named after me had been the finest tribute of my career that I have received. I have tried about 150 cases to a jury but in the 1960s-1990 most everything got tried and there were few settlements in my primary specialty of products liability and third party work place accidents and a lot of disputed auto and truck cases; and no mediation which has been a curse for young lawyers who want to get to trial.  I have taught at both state law schools and lectured arround the country.  I have devoted time and money to AAJ and WAJ.  In other words, I have tried to practice and exemplify the criteria which is set forth for the award in my name.  

I hope future nominees are held to that same standard.



Robert L. Habush

Robert L. Habush is the Chairman of the Board of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® He received his undergraduate degree and his juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Habush was Order of the Coif and a member of the Law Review.

Mr. Habush is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, where he served on the Board of Directors. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Trial Advocates and was the first President of the Wisconsin Chapter. He is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Habush has held leadership roles in the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), serving on the Board of Governors, 1969-1970 and 1983-1986, as National Parliamentarian, 1971-1972, as National Secretary, 1972-1973, as President-Elect and then President, 1985-1987. He has also been instrumental in the success of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, serving as its President from 1968-1969 and 1970-1971.

Mr. Habush is admitted to practice before all Wisconsin courts and has been admitted pro hac vice in many courts around the country. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Bar Association. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar.

Mr. Habush has taught courses at both the University of Wisconsin Law School and the Marquette University School of Law over the past twenty-five years. He has authored law review articles and was the author of “Cross-Examination of Non-Medical Experts” in the Art of Advocacy series by Matthew Bender Company. He has lectured before professional groups throughout the country in the area of trial practice.

Mr. Habush has been named the recipient of the AAJ Harry Philo Award and Champion of Justice Award. The Wisconsin Association for Justice has named its annual award to an outstanding trial lawyer, “The Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.” He has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from his peers in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for over 30 years. In 2001, for his victory in the Miller Park crane collapse case, Mr. Habush was named one of the top litigators in the United States. He practices in the Milwaukee office.


Resume for Robert L. Habush



  • Milwaukee, WI


Admitted to Bar

  • 1961 Wisconsin and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • Also admitted in the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit Supreme Court of the United States



  • 1961 University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Order of the Coif; Member of Law Review
  • 1959 University of Wisconsin, B.B.A. (Accounting)


Memberships and Leadership Positions in Wisconsin


National Bar Associations and Leadership Positions


  • Recipient of two Lifetime Achievement Awards
    • 2013 – Milwaukee Bar Association,
    • 2011 – Wisconsin Law Journal, Leaders in the Law
  • 2005 – 2013 Top 10 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® List
  • 2007 Received the Truman Q. McNulty Service Award for a lifetime of distinguished service to the legal profession, the State Bar, the state, and the nation for leadership in educating the public in the rule of law
  • 2004 Milwaukee Chapter of the AJC – 2004 Community Service Human Relations Award
  • 2003 AAJ named its endowment the Robert L. Habush AAJ Endowment
  • 2003 Named as one of ten Wisconsin Leaders in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal
  • 2003 Received the 2003 Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin Law School
  • 2002 Recipient of The American Association for Justice’s highest award, The Leonard Ring Champion of Justice Award
  • 2001 Named by the National Law Journal as one of the top ten litigators in the United States
    • Award Named in his Honor: The Wisconsin Association for Justice Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Awarded Evan P. Helfaer Donor Award from the National Society for Fundraising Executives
  • 1999 Recipient of The American Association for Justice Harry Philo Award
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 20 years
  • Named as the top Personal Injury Lawyers in Milwaukee from Milwaukee Magazine For 2003-2004
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America, World, Midwest, and American Law


Law School Contributions

  • Marquette University Law School, Benefactor
    • Habush Advocacy Scholarship
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Benefactor
    • Habush/Bascom Chair in Trial Advocacy
    • Robert L. Habush Moot Court Advocacy Fund
  • Howard B. Eisenberg Memorial Hall, Benefactor
  • Wisconsin Civil Justice Education Foundation, Benefactor


  • Adjunct Professor, Marquette University Law School, Fall 2004
  • Past Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Trial Advocacy
  • Annual Lecturer, Advanced Products Liability Seminar, Marquette University Law School
  • Frequent lecturer to AAJ and Wisconsin Trial Lawyers, State Bar of Wisconsin, ABA, state trial lawyer associations



  • The Art of Advocacy: Cross-Examination of Non-Medical Experts, Matthew Bender & Co., 1981 (annually supplemented)
  • “A Panel State: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”, Trial Diplomacy Journal, Winter 1983-84, Vol. 6, No. 4
  • “Maximizing Damages Through Trial Techniques”, Trial Magazine, April 1984 (quoted in part in Forbes, June 18, 1984)
  • An Interview of Robert L. Habush Entitled “Hey Manufacturer, You Blew It” presented in “The Trial Masters: A Handbook of Strategies and Tactics That Win Cases”, Bertram G. Warshaw, Editor Prentice Hall, 1984
  • “Hey Manufacturer, You Blew It”, Trial Diplomacy Journal, Summer 1980, Vol. 3, No. 2
  • Contributing Author to Masters of Trial Practice – Techniques of 22 Nationally Recognized Advocates; Wiley Law Publications, 1988
  • Contributor to Trial Practice Series – Successful Trial Techniques of Expert Practitioners, Robert V. Wells, J.D., Ph.D., Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1988, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Contributor to The Art of Advocacy Skills in Action Series –Cross-Examination of Non-Medical Experts Videotape Series, Matthew Bender & Co.
  • Contributor to Crashworthiness: AAJ Anthology Series, AAJ, 1989, Washington, D.C.
  • Contributor to Excellence in Advocacy – Trial Expertise and Wisdom from the National College of Advocacy, AAJ Press, 1992, Washington, D.C.
  • Biography:  Courtroom Avenger -- The Challenges and Triumphs of Robert Habush, by Kurt Chandler, 2014, American Bar Association






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