Robert L. Habush
Trial Lawyer of the Year Award


The Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated strong commitment to the goals for which the Wisconsin Association for Justice was established:

  • Promotion of the administration of justice for the public good
  • Upholding the honor and dignity of the profession of law
  • Upholding the right of trial by jury
  • Preserving and enhancing the rights of persons to have access to the Courts and our system of justice, and to afford everyone a full, fair and timely remedy for wrongs done

This award recognizes a trial lawyer who has shown exceptional dedication to these goals, and has upheld them in various ways, including handling a case involving a significant change in the law or a precedent-setting suit, by their support of WAJ through work in the WAJ organization, pro-bono or other volunteerism that benefited injured consumers, or efforts designed to improve and preserve the American civil justice system.

Trial Lawyer of the Year Award Nominations: 

Nominations should include the following:

  • ​Nominator contact information; statement of nominee's achievements; nominee's current bio; contact information for nominee's current employer; three independent letters of reference; relevant press clips, list of published work or other supporting materials
  • Nominations are accepted through September 30th each year
  • Submit nominations to Bryan Roessler

Past Recipients:

    2020 Robert L. Habush - Trial Lawyer of the Year Award Honoree


Timothy S. Trecek
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.

Tim Trecek is a Managing Partner of his firm’s Milwaukee and West Bend offices and is the Corporate Secretary of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., ® which has 34 attorneys in 13 offices, throughout Wisconsin.  Tim handles all types of personal injury cases; including, auto accidents, nursing home abuse, electrical accidents, premises liability cases and others, but has special emphasis and expertise in complex product liability cases. 

Tim has always excelled in obtaining great verdicts in the most difficult cases.  Early in his career, his first three 6-figure verdicts were trip and falls/slip and falls, in which his client had drank alcohol before the accident.  Another one of his early verdicts involved a car wash worker, with a six-grade education, who sustained a broken leg, while working at the car wash.  The case was lost at the trial court level, on summary judgment, on a coverage issue.  It went through the Court of Appeals and ultimately Tim successfully argued in front of the State Supreme Court, getting the trial court’s decision reversed, getting the case remanded back to the trial court, trying the case to a Milwaukee County jury and getting a verdict of over $1million.

Tim’s record of successfully litigating product liability cases can be plainly seen in his results.  Over the past 25 years, he has product liability awards totaling approximately $150 million; nearly $50 million in 2020 alone.  He has successfully litigated product liability cases against such recognizable companies as General Motors, Nissan, Harley-Davidson, Dorel and Evenflo car seats, Crown Fork Lift, New Holland, Caterpillar, Hi-Ranger, Oshkosh Truck, Morbark Chippers, Trek, Polaris and many others.  Earlier this year, Tim obtained a $38.1 million verdict against Hyundai Motor Company, in an enhanced injury, defective seatback case.  It was a 17-day trial, which included 27 trial witnesses, 390 trial exhibits and was tried against a $1 million pretrial offer.  It is the largest, single plaintiff, compensatory verdict in the state’s history.  It also included a record-setting $7.7 million award for the spouse of the injured plaintiff. 

Tim has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for more than a decade, is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and, for many years, has been the ACTL liaison to the District 8, National Moot Court Competition, is both a Fellow and on the Board of Governors, of the International Society of Barristers and is a Fellow of the Litigation Council of America.  Additionally, he has been voted “Lawyer of the Year” for plaintiff’s products liability work, by Best Lawyers, four, out of the last six, years.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee and has been an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School for two decades, teaching Advanced Trial Practice.  He is a 1990 graduate of Marquette University and a 1993 graduate of Marquette University Law School.

Tim’s greatest pride comes from his over 26 years of marriage to his wife, Karyn and the love and support of their three daughters, Gabrielle (25), Danielle (22) and Isabella (16).


2019 Dan Rottier


Daniel Rottier is the President of Habush Habush & Rottier which has 13 offices located throughout Wisconsin. The firm is dedicated to the practice of personal injury law, representing clients injured through the carelessness of others. In addition to managing the firm, Dan handles complex medical malpractice and product liability cases. While practicing primarily in Wisconsin, his career has brought him to courts in 20 other states and to the United States Supreme Court.

His career began in an era where many more cases were tried to jury than we see today. By 1990, Dan had tried 100 jury trials and was the youngest fellow inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an organization whose membership is limited to 500 trial lawyers in the United States. In the same year, he was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. Two years later (1992), he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. He’s been certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocates since 1982, and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for more than 25 years. His most significant honor was being invited to membership in the Inner Circle of Advocates in 2009. This group is limited to the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the United States.

Dan has resolved eight medical malpractice cases for 10 million dollars or more. These include over-prescription of narcotics (12.1 million), incorrect contrast material (10 million), vagal nerve injury (10.1 million), emergency medicine error (25.3 million reduced by cap to 10 million), birth injury (11 million), surgical error (17.3 million), anesthesia error (22.5 million), emergency medicine error (10 million). He also resolved three product liability cases for over 10 million dollars: defective automobile roof design (15 million), bicycle component failures (14.4 million) and improper pipe rack storage system (20 million). Of these eleven cases, four were the result of favorable verdicts and no offer by the defense in three of the four.

Dan is a 1976 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. He spent a semester studying at the United Nations. Dan has taught trial advocacy at the University of Wisconsin Law School and is a frequent lecturer on trial practice techniques and the use of technology in litigation. He has been lead counsel on 88 cases resulting in awards over a million dollars. Dan resides in Madison with his wife, Frankie.

2018 Ann Jacobs


2018 Award Program
Acceptance Speech
Press Release


2017 Co-Honorees

Timothy J. Andringa, Milwaukee




Allan M. Foeckler, Brookfield




2016 - Randall L. Rozek, Milwaukee

​2015 - Robert L. Jaskulski, Milwaukee 

2014 - Kevin Lonergan, Appleton

2013 - Eric A. Farnsworth, Madison

2012 - Phillip M. Steans, Menomonie

2011 - Timothy S. Trecek, Milwaukee

2010 - Christine Bremer Muggli, Wausau

2009 - M. Angela Dentice, Milwaukee

2008 - Daniel A. Rottier, Madison

2007 - Don C. Prachthauser, Milwaukee


2006 - Lynn R. Laufenberg, Milwaukee

2005 - William C. Gleisner, III, Hartland

2004 - Keith R. Clifford, Madison

2003 - D. James Weis, Rhinelander

2002 - Merrick R. Domnitz, Milwaukee

2001 - John C. Peterson, Appleton

2000 - J. Michael End, Milwaukee


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