2018 WAJ Presidents' Dinner & Reception
Fri, December 7, 2018
6:30 AM to
Sat, December 8, 2018
12:30 PM CT
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2018 Presidents' Dinner & Reception
Friday, December 7th at The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee
Reception: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm
Heath P. Straka
Axley Brynelson, LLP
Edward E. Robinson
Cannon and Dunphy S.C.
2018 President's Award Honoree
Eric J. Haag
Attorney Eric J. Haag is a partner at Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C., in Middleton, Wisconsin. His primary area of practice is plaintiff personal injury litigation, but he also handles civil rights cases, medical malpractice, class action litigation, and fire loss claims. Eric has tried personal injury, medical malpractice, and civil rights cases throughout State and Federal courts in Wisconsin. Eric is a long-standing WAJ member who has previously served on the WAJ Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Program Committee. Eric grew up in Windsor, a small rural town north of Madison, and then received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1993 and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1996.
Earlier this year he obtained the largest civil rights settlement ever paid by the State of Wisconsin, 18.9 million dollars, on behalf of a young girl who suffered a severe brain injury at Copper Lake School for Girls. He was privileged to have the opportunity to speak at the WAJ 2018 Summer Seminar to discuss the Briggs case. As a result of his work on that case, he has been selected to receive The President’s Award, given at the discretion of the WAJ President. Eric is deeply grateful for this rare honor and also proud that he was able to make a difference in a young girl’s quality of life while also effectuating needed change in the juvenile justice system in Wisconsin.
Eric is a volunteer firefighter with the Middleton Fire Department and has received his Firefighter I and Firefighter II State Certifications. He has also participated in multiple fire trainings and studies with his fire department and with the ATF. He has given numerous presentations related to fire investigations.
Eric is an avid bow hunter, fly fisherman, runner, and above all enjoys watching and coaching his children’s youth sports. He lives in Middleton with his wife, Kristen, and their daughters, Molly and Tait, while his son Drew attends UW-Madison.
Robert L. Habush
Trial Lawyer of the Year Award Honoree
Ann S. Jacobs
Ann is the founder of Jacobs Injury Law. Her practice specializes in personal injury cases, including automobile accidents, nursing home abuse/neglect, financial abuse/fraud, and medical malpractice. Ann began her legal career as a public defender. She honed her trial skills during that period, championing everything from juvenile cases to homicides. Ann left the public defenders office to become a trial attorney in private practice, advocating for the rights of the injured. Since then she has represented hundreds of clients and is consistently honored as a top lawyer in Wisconsin.
A former president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, Ann also served as program committee co-chair and remains a current board member. She is a founding member of the organization’s Women’s Caucus. From 2012-2015, Ann served on the Milwaukee Bar Association Board of Directors. Additionally, she has served as chair of the Milwaukee Bar’s Lawyer Referral Information Service (LRIS) Committee since 2006. In recognition of her long-standing expertise in the area, the American Bar Association appointed her to their National LRIS Committee, which oversees the certification of Lawyer Referral Services across the United States. In 2016, Ann was appointed to a 5-year term on the State of Wisconsin’s newly-formed State Elections Commission, and currently serves as its vice-chair. She is also on the board of Wisconsin Equal Justice Fund.
A passionate litigator, Ann is committed to assisting others both inside and outside the courtroom. She is a frequent guest speaker to attorneys across the country and is also an accomplished author. Ann is one of the original authors of the Wisconsin Juvenile Law Handbook, published by the State Bar of Wisconsin. She also co-wrote the chapter on pain and suffering in the “Law of Damages” book as well as a chapter in the State Bar Book, “Advising Older Clients in Wisconsin,” which addresses negligence claims.
Ann is a 1992 Cum Laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. She speaks Spanish and is a member of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association. Ann is a life-long resident of Milwaukee, residing on the east side with her husband and three children.
Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer Award Honoree
Eric M. Knobloch
Eric Knobloch is an attorney at Gruber Law Offices in Milwaukee. The majority of his practice is dedicated to helping individuals injured in auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, semi-truck accidents and general negligence claims against insurance companies and corporations. He has been a WAJ member his entire professional career. He currently serves on the WAJ Board of Directors, is a frequent author on the WAJ publication The Verdict, and regularly speaks on current trends in the law and past trial experiences as a speaker at WAJ events. In his young career Eric has had the distinct honor and privilege to practice directly under, and try cases with, 5 WAJ past-presidents.
Eric’s experience under some of this organization’s finest attorneys is reflected in some of his most recent work. In the past calendar year, Eric has tried 6 personal injury cases to verdict, with total verdicts just shy of 6 million dollars. One verdict in particular stands out amongst the rest. In December 2017 Eric represented the 4 minor children of Mr. Brandon Williams who was killed on Interstate 94 on his way to work by a semi-truck driver suspected of sleeping behind the wheel. After a week-long trial with contested liability and damages, the jury returned a verdict of $4,875,000, or about 21 times the defendant’s last offer. Beyond the large verdict, Eric takes most pleasure in knowing 4 children who had their father taken from them at very young age will now have a head start in life.
Eric is a 2007 graduate of the Marquette Law School. He lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife, Melissa, twin 4 year olds Charlie and Brynn, and 1 year old Eddie.
Paralegal of the Year Award Honoree
Honored on Friday, December 7th
during Conference Opening at 8:30 a.m.
Corinne R. Dulak
In her 18 years with Domnitz & Domnitz and its predecessor firms Corinne has performed every component task one traditionally associates with paralegal work. She is highly capable in everything from intake to drafting to pulling together the components of a claim to trial preparation and litigation support.
But describing Corinne’s outstanding work in all the aforementioned areas barely scratches the surface of the role she plays in our firm. From the first day we founded this new firm in 2004 Corinne has been the glue that held the firm together. She has doubled as office administrator and tripled as office manager. There is not a single aspect of our firm’s practice in which Corinne is not involved, and her work in every area is beyond outstanding.
But, again, even that description does not tell the full story of what she has meant to the firm. Corinne possesses professional and personal traits that transcend traditional paralegal descriptions; she has a unique ability to think along with, and sometimes in advance of, the lawyers with whom she works. It is a regular occurrence that Corinne is a step ahead of a lawyer, anticipating the next logical step in the litigation process with nearly unerring accuracy. That ability is born of the core of Corinne’s work: the very real care and concern she has for our clients. Corinne has personal contact with all our clients, knows their situation, knows how the system can help them through the toughest of times, and knows how to manage what we can do for clients on an instinctive basis. Her empathetic approach to clients’ cases yields a combination of professional excellence and personal concern that is a true reflection of Corinne as a person with a sharp mind, an innate sense of right and wrong, and, perhaps above all else, a big heart. We simply could not exist as a firm without Corinne.
As if all that were not enough, Corinne has been deeply involved with WAJ, not only serving as program coordinator for many paralegal seminars, but also pulling together dozens of seminars for attorneys including the annual winter seminar for over a decade.
Beyond her amazing work at Domnitz & Domnitz, S.C. Corinne is a devoted wife (Darryl) and a loving mother to her two sons (Connor and Carson).
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The Pfister Hotel
The Pfister Hotel
424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Reservations: To reserve your lodging, contact the hotel at 414-935-5942.
Reference the Wisconsin Association for Justice Block.
Room Rates starting at:
$180 King or two Queens per night;
Pfister King Suite (upgrade option): $259 per night.
ONLINE LODGING REGISTRATION LINK: Wisconsin Association for Justice
Reservation Deadline: November 7th, 2018 (Call Bryan if you need assistance)
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Cancellations and Refunds
Cancellation & Substitution Policy
Attendee substitutions may be made at any time and are encouraged when the original registrant cannot attend. If you must cancel or reschedule, please notify us at least three (3) business days (or 72 hours) prior to the program to receive a refund less a $15 service charge. Cancellations made less than 3 business days prior to the program will incur the full registration cost.