For Immediate Release: Friday, December 23, 2011
For More Information, Contact: Jane Garrott, Executive Director, (608) 257-5741
Attorney George Curtis Wins Lifetime Service Award from Wisconsin Association for Justice
Oshkosh Attorney George W. Curtis received a Lifetime Service Award from the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ) at its Annual Meeting in Milwaukee. Curtis served as president of WAJ in 1987. He has also been named a Super Lawyer by Milwaukee Magazine for many years.
“George has been a zealous advocate for the injured people who have retained him,” said WAJ Immediate Past President Mike End, who presented the award to Curtis. “He is a legend in his area of practice in the Oshkosh area.”
Practicing law since 1962, Curtis also served as treasurer, secretary and vice president of the organization. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, a fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation, a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), and a past member of the AAJ Board of Governors.
He explained why he entered the field of personal injury law, and has stayed with it.
“Most citizens of ordinary means who are victims of unsafe products or negligence are helpless except for contingent fee lawyers willing to fight and finance the battle for justice, while taking the chance of not being paid,” Curtis said.
“Basically, there’s nobody else doing this work…in the Legislature, the administrative agencies, and the courtrooms,” he added. “It’s been the same on-going battle in the 50 years I’ve been involved.”
Curtis created a local cable access TV program called “It’s Your Law” on which he interviews guests and discusses important legal and political issues. He has interviewed five Wisconsin governors and many other guests, including Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices, legislators and WAJ members for the program.
Born in Merrill, Wisconsin, Curtis now lives southwest of Oshkosh, where his practice of law is located. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota, and his J.D degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is married, and has eight children and two step-children.
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