For Immediate Release: Sunday, December 4, 2011
For More Information Contact: Jane Garrott, Executive Director, (608) 257-5741

Wisconsin Association for Justice Elects New Leadership for 2012

MADISON, WI - Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ) members elected a new president and other officers Friday at the organization's annual meeting in Milwaukee.  Green Bay Attorney Ed Vopal will lead the statewide lawyers organization in 2012.

WAJ has a membership of almost 900, a board of directors of 99, and maintains an office in Madison.

"I am honored by the confidence of my peers, and hope to advance the cause of civil justice in Wisconsin in 2012," Vopal said.  "I and the entire association are strongly committed to protecting the rights of Wisconsin residents to access to the court system, and their right to a jury trial."

Vopal received his undergraduate degree in English, cum laude, from Northern Michigan University in 1991, and his law degree from Valparaiso University in 1994.  He has been a shareholder at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. since July 2001, and practices in the Green Bay office.

Also elected to WAJ leadership were:

  • Jeffrey A. Pitman, Grafton, as President-Elect.  Pitman is a shareholder of Pitman, Kyle, Sicula & Dentice, S.C., in Milwaukee and Watertown specializing in representing victims of serious injury and nursing home abuse and neglect.
  • Christopher D. Stombaugh, Platteville, as Vice President.  Stombaugh is a partner in Laufenberg, Stombaugh and Jassak, S.C., in Platteville where he focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and stray voltage damage to dairy cattle.
  • Ann S. Jacobs, Milwaukee, as Secretary.  Jacobs is a shareholder with Domnitz & Skemp, S.C., in Milwaukee specializing in representing victims of serious injury, automobile accidents and nursing home abuse and neglect.
  • Russell T. Golla, Stevens Point, as Treasurer.  Golla is a partner with Anderson, O'Brien, Bertz, Skrenes & Golla in Stevens Point where he focuses personal injury, product liability, commercial litigation, construction and environmental litigation, insurance and employment law.

"Our Legislature's 2011 agenda included some considerable setbacks to civil justice for Wisconsin," Vopal said.  "I hope to work with senators and assembly members to advance the right of every Wisconsinite to access a fair judgment from our legal system in 2012."

The Wisconsin Association for Justice stands with consumers to promote a fair and effective justice system for every citizen, not just the privileged and wealthy.

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