2019 WAJ Presidents' Dinner & Reception




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2019 Presidents' Dinner & Reception

Friday, December 6th at The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee
Reception:  6:00 pm  
Dinner: 7:00 pm
 
 
 

 

Outgoing President

Edward E. Robinson
Cannon and Dunphy S.C.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Incoming President

Beverly Wickstrom
Gingras Thomsen Wachs, LLP
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

2019 President's Award Honoree

TBA

 

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

 

Daniel Rottier
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.

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.

 

Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer Award Honoree
 

Noah D. Domnitz
Domnitz & Domnitz, S.C.

Noah Domnitz is a Shareholder at Domnitz & Domnitz in Milwaukee.  His practice is dedicated to helping injured individuals and representing families in wrongful death cases.  He relishes the daily fight for justice on behalf of victims and against insurance companies and other groups determined to deny his clients justice. 

Noah has tried cases to verdict in numerous counties around Wisconsin.  Most recently, in 2019, he obtained a $385,000 verdict in Racine County on behalf of an 80-year old military veteran who suffered an injury in car crash.  The insurance company tried to leverage the client’s pre-existing degenerative spine condition and polyarthritis against him, offering $85,000 prior to trial.  His client’s response to the final offer was simple and striking: it was not fair.  The jury agreed.

In 2019, Noah was involved in several significant cases, including a $1,000,000 resolution in a highway crash where the client drifted over the fog line and struck a semi-truck that was stopped illegally on the shoulder.  However, perhaps the most rewarding representation involved working with his partner and mentor, Ric Domnitz, on behalf of two former Michigan State gymnasts who were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar.  Their clients, along with all the sister survivors, are an unyielding inspiration.

Noah’s dedication to the cause of wrongly injured people is not limited to the courtroom.  He serves on the national Board of Governors for AAJ, AAJ’s Public Affairs Committee, the WAJ Board of Directors, and the Board of Trustees for the Justice Fund, where he constantly engages in the legislative and public opinion efforts to support consumers and injured victims.  Noah has authored multiple articles for The Verdict, spoken several times at WAJ seminars, and authored a 2010 Op-Ed published in Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Citizen’s United v. FEC.

Additionally, he is truly humbled by the recognition he has received in the legal community.  He was named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” in 2013 by the Wisconsin Law Journal, he has been recognized as either a Rising Star or Super Lawyer every year since 2011, and obtained an AV/Preeminent Peer Review Rating on Martindale-Hubbell.

Noah is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Miami School of Law.  His greatest pride, however, is his family.  He and his wife, Rebecca, a superb trial lawyer, live in a suburb of Milwaukee with their two sons, Hersch (5) and Levi (3).          

 
Paralegal of the Year Award Honoree
Honored on Friday, December 6th 
during Conference Opening at 8:30 a.m. 
  

Judy Felker, Paralegal
Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C.

Judy was born and raised in Waterford Wisconsin.  She has a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Judy has worked as a paralegal exclusively on behalf of plaintiffs since 1987.  There have been years when she had also served as an office manager. She has worked at four law firms and currently is working at the Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula and Dentice law firm. 

Throughout these years, Judy has demonstrated superior and extensive experience and knowledge of various aspects of personal injury law. As a paralegal she has worked on various claims and cases in suit, including medical malpractice, products liability, mass torts, nursing home abuse and general liability matters (including auto and truck accidents). 

Throughout her career she has served as a paralegal in complex litigation cases involving multiple defendants and various unique claims.  There have been instances when Judy has provided assistance throughout complex trials that have lasted several weeks. 

One of Judy’s greatest strengths is her ability to relate to clients.  She has spent considerable time conversing with the clients and counseling them when appropriate. She has also taught and assisted other paralegals with whom she has worked. 

Simply put – she is the best of the best.

Judy is a devoted wife to her husband, Terry, who works in sales and marketing.  She has two daughters, Alyssa and Laura, who are both college graduates and who now employed in their desired careers.  

 

  



Sponsorship Information:

 


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guests and award winners and personally congratulate one or
all of the recipients.
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personal greeting or ad in the Tribute Book.

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1/6 Page Ad      $150
1/3 Page Ad      $300
1/2 Page Ad      $500
   
Full Page Ad      $750    


Event Dress Code:

  • The dress code for WAJ’s meetings (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) are business casual, coat and tie are discouraged.
  • Dress for the Friday night Presidents’ Dinner is business (not formal), i.e., business suit, sports coat and tie for men, and business attire or evening dress for women.
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Location

The Pfister Hotel
 
The Pfister Hotel (Event on 7th Floor)
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:
 $185 King or two Queens per night; 
Pfister King Suite (upgrade option) 
ONLINE LODGING REGISTRATION LINK:  Wisconsin Association for Justice
Reservation Deadline: November 5, 2019

 


Sponsors

Preferred Capital Funding



Garrison Financial Settlement Services



Premier Settlement Services, Inc.



Synergy Settlement Services


Cancellation Policy

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.