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Wausau Attorney Named 2016 Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer

Peter Young Thanked Friends and Mentors in WAJ for their Trust and Their Wisdom 

January 10, 2017 (Madison) Wausau Attorney Peter Young was named 2016 Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer. Peter received the award at the Presidents' Reception and Dinner on Friday, December 2, 2016 in Milwaukee. The event was hosted by incoming WAJ President Benjamin S. Wagner of Milwaukee and outgoing WAJ President Russell T. Golla of Stevens Point.

Peter’s practice is based in Wausau and Rhinelander. He has tried cases throughout Wisconsin and has been admitted pro hac vice in cases in California, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, and Washington.

A shareholder at Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C., Peter was grateful to be able to share the stage with his friend and mentor, incoming WAJ President Benjamin S. Wagner. 

Peter also offered special thanks to his colleague, former WAJ President Jim Weis. Young noted, “He is a tireless advocate for our clients.  He has made boundless sacrifices for the good of our profession.  He is an excellent trial lawyer.  He is an exceptional human being.  He is probably going to be mad when he finds out about all of these claims that I’ve made about him.”

About Weis, Young added, “In working alongside Jim for the past seven years, he has taught me a great deal about how to prepare and try a case.  He taught me how to win humbly, and he taught me how to lose gracefully.”

He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned degrees in Legal Studies and Political Science. He earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School, and served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable N. Patrick Crooks of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he started his legal career as a library clerk at Foley & Lardner’s Madison office. After graduating from the U.W., he worked for Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. During his first year of law school, he became a law clerk at Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. in Milwaukee. After obtaining his law degree, he rose through the ranks from associate to shareholder.

He is the immediate Past-President of the Oneida-Vilas-Forest County Bar Association. In 2013, then Chief Justice Abrahamson appointed him to the District 16 OLR Investigative Committee. In 2016, current Chief Justice Roggensack selected him to serve on the Supreme Court Appointment and Selection Committee.

He has held various roles with WAJ. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2012 and has been a member of the Amicus Curiae Committee since 2013, and has authored or co-authored several appellate briefs on behalf of WAJ. He was the Chair of the New Lawyers’ Section in 2012 and has presented numerous times at WAJ seminars, in addition to authoring and co-authoring articles for The Verdict, WAJ’s quarterly publication.

Mr. Young lives in Wausau with his wife and children. In his spare time, he volunteers as a certified Outdoor Emergency Care Technician for the National Ski Patrol, and enjoys participating in many outdoor activities. When it comes to golf, he is the worst.

The Wisconsin Association for Justice was founded in 1957. As the largest statewide voluntary bar association, it's mission is ensuring a fair and effective judicial system and the protection of the Constitutional right to a civil jury trial.

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