2019 WAJ Winter Seminar & Annual Meeting



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Pending CLE for 2019 Winter Seminar: 

  • Wisconsin: 10.00 CLE Credits, Including 3.5 Ethics Credit (7.0 CLE on Friday)
  • Minnesota: 6.0 CLE Credits, Including 2.75 Ethics Credit
  • Wisconsin Paralegal Association: 6 CLE Credits, Including 3.0 Ethics Credit

 


Click here to download a printable Registration Form

Link: Reception and Dinner Registration Only 


Friday, December 6th Schedule:

7:30 - 8:30 AM Registration & Breakfast Buffet

  • New Lawyers Breakfast Meeting
  • Women's Caucus Breakfast Meeting
  • Worker's Compensation Committee Meeting Breakfast / Call

    

8:30 - 9:00 AM: WAJ Annual Meeting  

  • Paralegal of the Year Award: Judy Felker, Paralegal, Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C.

 

 

Edward E. Robinson, WAJ President,
Cannon & Dunphy, S.C., Brookfield, WI

 

Edward E. Robinson is a partner at Cannon & Dunphy, D.C. in Brookfield. He specializes in vehicle accidents, animal injuries, products liability, and medical malpractice. He received his J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1995. Ed is active in WAJ serving as its President-Elect and on the editorial board of The Verdict. He previously served on the Amicus Curiae Committee, where he authored or co-authored 17 briefs on behalf of WAJ submitted to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Wisconsin Supreme Court. Since 2011, he has been selected annually for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

 

9:00 - 10:30 AM - Opening Session with Special Guest: 

 Jury Research:  Connecting and Strengthening through the Divide

Artemis H. Malekpour
Malekpour & Ball Consulting, Chapel Hill, NC

Artemis Malekpour of Chapel Hill, NC is a partner in the litigation consulting firm Malekpour & Ball, where she specializes in focus groups, case strategy, and jury selection.  As a lawyer with a background in psychology and psychiatric research, Artemis holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in mental health issues from UNC’s School of Public Health.  Before earning her degree with honors from Duke Law School, Artemis worked in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Hospitals with children and adolescents coping with psychiatric disorders and legal issues. 

A member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, AAJ and the North Carolina State Bar, Artemis has consulted on a wide variety of cases, both large and small, advising plaintiff’s attorneys and criminal defense attorneys across the country on how to deal with their case weaknesses and maximize their strengths.   She is particularly well-known for identifying the potential landmines in a case, incorporating the knowledge and experience she’s gained from years of watching jury deliberations and talking with actual and potential jurors nationwide.  Artemis also places a strong emphasis on case presentation and the development of a compelling damages story.  

 

10:30 to 10:45 AM - Break with Exhibitors/Sponsors & Networking

10:45 to 11:30 AM

Employee Rights for Your Injured Clients

Tamara B. Packard, Pines Bach LLP

Synopsis: When your client has been injured, the last thing they need is for their livelihood to be threatened, too. Many have the right to take the time off needed to heal, without risking termination. When they are cleared to return to work, but have new physical or mental limitations, they often will be entitled to job accommodations or modifications, to keep them in their job. Learn some basics about the FMLA, ADA, WFEA, STD, LTD, and more. Bring your employment questions! 

Tamara Packard is a partner in the Madison law firm Pines Bach. She has been practicing law for over 25 years, primarily in civil litigation and appeals, emphasizing employee rights law. For nearly all of her career, plaintiffs’ personal injury has also been an important part of Tamara’s practice. As an advocate for employees, among other things, Tamara helps her clients obtain protected medical leave and disability accommodations, which enables them to keep and do their jobs despite serious health issues. In her Winter Seminar presentation, Tamara will help PI attorneys help their injured clients to minimize the compounding effects of an injury on their livelihood by utilizing workplace legal protections.

 

11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Dealing Effectively with Health Insurance
Lien Collection Entities, Self-Funded ERISA Plans

Kenneth M. Zuber
Zuber Law, LLC / Synergy Settlement Services

Ken Zuber grew up in Milwaukee/Wauwatosa, WI, received his B.A. in Political Science/History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.  While at Valpo, he attended a summer legal studies program at Cambridge University, England, taught by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; worked in the law school’s pro-bono legal clinic representing low-income families; and clerked for several personal injury attorneys and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in Milwaukee.

Ken has been practicing law since 1995 and for 20+ years has specialized in health insurance “lien” resolution in personal injury cases (16 years as counsel on “the dark side”, the last 4 beating up on them!).  Ken now works to educate and assist fellow plaintiffs’ lawyers and their clients in reducing and resolving health “liens” of all kinds by presenting at numerous trial lawyer and Bar associations, along with working with Synergy Settlement Services to provide litigation/case “wrap up” services (settlement planning, lien resolution, special needs/pooled trust services, Medicare set-aside evaluations and administration, attorney fee deferral).

Having previously represented health insurance Plans and carriers to recover funds from injury victims; Ken notes:  “I’ve switched sides and now assist seriously injured people in maximizing their recovery while putting their lives back together – which is far more gratifying and rewarding; I love what I do”!

 

Lunch with Special Guest Speaker from 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Lunch is included in your registration

  • Lunch Meeting:  Paralegal Section
  • Lunch with Sponsors & Exhibitors

Lunch Speaker:   

 

Ben Wikler
Chair, Democratic Party of Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 - 2:30 PM - Special Guest Speaker:    

Coloring Outside the Lines:
Tips on innovative visual presentation of evidence

Zoe Littlepage
Littlepage Booth Leckman, Houston, TX

Zoe Littlepage is a named partner in the joint venture firm of Littlepage Booth, headquartered in Houston, Texas.  Ms. Littlepage has a unique practice focusing on complex - and generally lengthy - trials in federal and state court, all across the country. She has been a leader in several mass tort projects including heading the state court charge in the Rezulin litigation and serving as lead counsel in the Hormone Therapy MDL litigation from 2003 to 2014.  Zoe Littlepage’s jury verdicts were listed on the Top Ten Verdicts of the Year for 2007, 2009 and 2010. On appeal, she successfully defended her six significant punitive damage jury awards in the hormone therapy litigation, thus forcing the defendants to pay every punitive penny awarded and almost $85 million. Zoe Littlepage is one of only six women invited into the exclusive Inner Circle of Advocates and she has been named a “Super Lawyer” every year since 2011 as well as one of America’s top lawyers by American Trial Lawyers Association, Fortune Magazine and The American Lawyer. Zoe Littlepage received the Clarence Darrow Award for outstanding advocacy in 2009.  In 2015, the American Bar Association awarded Zoe Littlepage the prestigious Pursuit of Justice award in recognition of her 25 years of advocacy on behalf of victims.

 

2:30 to 2:45 PM - Break with Exhibitors/Sponsors & Networking

  

2:45 to 3:15 PM

The fight to enforce employees’
attorneys’ contingency fees in §102.29 cases.

Jesse B. Blocher
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.

Synopsis: Some workers compensation carriers are attempting a new strategy to limit the employee’s attorneys’ reasonable contingency fees in §102.29 cases, and allow a portion of those fees to the carrier’s counsel.  If successful this strategy would likely result in employees having difficulty finding competent representation in such cases.  The presentation will discuss the state of the law, pending cases, and results of recent cases addressing the issue. 

Jesse Blocher is a shareholder with Habush Habush & Rottier and practices in the firm’s Waukesha office. He represents injured individuals in a variety of cases from automobile collisions to products liability claims. Mr. Blocher is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has also litigated several appeals and has argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Mr. Blocher is the co-chair of the WAJ amicus committee and jury instruction committee.  He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Marquette University Law School. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

 

 

3:15 to 3:45 PM

The King’s Gift: Qui Tam Litigation under the False Claims Act

T. Christopher Tuck & Charles Dukes
Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, Mount Pleasant, SC

Qui tam litigation is the procedure through which a private individual (c.k.a. “whistleblower”) sues on behalf of the government to recover public funds and, in the event of a successful recovery, is entitled to share in the proceeds.

 

Chris Tuck is a member attorney at Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC in its Mount Pleasant, South Carolina office.  He has focused his career on representing plaintiffs across the United States in complex litigation.  He is licensed in Wisconsin and South Carolina and is admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the  Second, Fourth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Marquette University Law School. 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck Dukes is an associate at Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC in its Mount Pleasant, South Carolina office.  He practices in the firm’s class action group, which also represents whistleblowers in qui tam litigation brought under the False Claims Act.

Mr. Dukes is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a magna cum laude graduate of the Charleston School of Law, where he served as a senior legal writing teaching fellow.

Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC is a law firm with extensive experience representing plaintiffs across a diverse array of practice areas, including product liability, consumer protection, whistleblower/qui tam litigation and personal injury. The firm is frequently selected to hold leadership positions in consumer class actions and MDLs, and has a long track record of recovering money for the federal government through whistleblower actions using the False Claims Act.  The 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® ranked the firm as the top law firm in South Carolina and the United States for attorneys listed in mass tort and class action litigation, and the top law firm in South Carolina in product liability.  Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC has five offices in South Carolina  and one office in Illinois.     

 

3:45 to 4:15 PM

"Seeing is Believing": Use of Video In and Out of the Courtroom
for Trial and Mediation

Susan V. Haibeck, Haibeck and Associates Legal Nurse Consulting 
and 
Gera-Lind Kolarik, founder and owner of Evidence Video

Synopsis:  Seeing is believing. Video, as valuable demonstrative evidence, can bring an argument "to life" before a jury or for out of court settlement for the plaintiff or defense.  In our society, video images are an integral part of our daily routine.  Video instantly demonstrates in a few frames what otherwise would take several paragraphs of written text or minutes of spoken language to describe.  

Susan V Haibeck RN MS CLNC, President of Haibeck and Associates Legal Nurse Consultant is a registered nurse with over thirty years of experience, serving attorneys and their clients nationwide. She possesses a graduate degree in adult oncology nursing from Northern Illinois University and has reviewed many cancer related cases (defense and plaintiff) as well as medical records involving nursing home negligence, emergency room incidents and medication errors.  She is available to develop pain and suffering reports, compose questions for depositions, coordinate “A Day In The Life” videos and locate medical experts.

Ms. Haibeck was featured as one of the Vickie Milazzo Institute of Legal Nurse Consulting Success Stories in 2017.  Her strong nursing background provides needed insight to the ‘behind the scenes’ story of the institutional nursing culture and organization regarding medical related cases.

 

Gera-Lind Kolarik is the founder and owner of Evidence Video, Inc. since 1988.  She has produced over 30,000 videos and helped attorneys win over 2 billion dollars in settlements and verdicts. Ms. Kolarik specializes in brain injury, paralysis, birth injury, amputee, and death cases. After graduation from Dominican University, she worked at CBS and WBBM as an Assignment Editor and Producer.  She then worked at Channel 7 in Chicago where she received an Emmy Award for spot news coverage. Ms. Kolarik was nominated for two more Emmy Awards and an Oscar for an ABC news special.  She has spoken at numerous legal seminars on the use of video at trial and mediation and maximizing damages.

 

 

 

 


Friday, December 6th Paralegal Track

Paralegals will attend general sessions until 2:00

 

 

Paralegal Track Moderators

Angelique Imm, Beaver Dam
Elizabeth Cooney, Milwaukee

Paralegal Section Chairs

 

2:00 to 3:30 PM

Understanding the Interplay Between Discovery,
Evidence, and a Successful Accident Reconstruction Case

Daniel Billington, Great Lakes Collision Experts, LLC.

Daniel Billington is an Accredited Collision Reconstructionist and Human Factors Expert specializing in Forensic Visibility Analyses.  He is a former Deputy Sheriff from Waukesha County, WI with 18 years in law enforcement, leaving for the private sector in 2009.  Today Dan operates a successful private consulting practice which provides expert support for legal and insurance professionals. 

With his extensive training and experience in the field of collision reconstruction, Daniel has provided expert support and testimony throughout the United States and abroad.  The truth is Daniel’s focus and his integrity is unimpeached.  He is a tenacious expert having helped to win cases on both sides of criminal and civil matters.  As an experienced lecturer, Daniel has spoken at the Harvard School of Law, national conferences, and many state organizations throughout the North America.

Daniel is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction, a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Illuminating Engineering Society, and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  Daniel is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in Psychology.

 

3:30 to 4:00 PM

Maximizing Your Paralegal in Trial

Angela N. Pyka, Litigation Paralegal/Litigation Assistant Manager and Jennifer Williams, Attorney, Gruber Law Offices, LLC

 

Jennifer Williams was born and raised in Racine, WI, before attending the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she obtained a dual degree in International Relations and French, along with a certificate in European Studies in 2002. During her undergraduate years, she studied abroad in Paris, France, as well as Oaxaca, Mexico.

Ms. Williams brings a wealth of experience and compassion for individuals hurt or injured, especially those harmed by larger and more powerful entities. Her breadth of legal experience offers her unique insight and skill in building a case, negotiating an outcome or proving a dispute at trial.

 

 

 

Angela Pyka has worked in the Milwaukee legal community for 15 years all of which have been as a Paralegal assisting in the areas of Civil Litigation, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Product Liability.  She has experience in every stage of a personal injury claim from the initial call through a Jury Trial.  For the last 5 years she has focused her career on Litigation and enjoys serving as a liaison with clients, witnesses, case participants, and outside professionals by gathering and imparting information. Mrs. Pyka enjoys organizing and analyzing the information gathered to be used by the attorneys, in deciding the most effective course of action for a particular case.  Along with serving her clients day to day she is now using her experience to train and mentor other paralegals in personal injury and litigation.

 

 

 



Saturday, December 7, 2019 Schedule
 

 

8:00- 9:00 AM - Registration & Breakfast Buffet

9:00 AM - Opening Session

 

Edward E. Robinson, WAJ President,
Cannon & Dunphy, S.C., Brookfield, WI

 

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM ETHICS SESSION -  1 Ethics Credits

A General Overview of Wisconsin’s Lawyer Discipline System

Monte E. Weiss, Weiss Law Office, S.C.

 

Synopsis:   Wisconsin’s Lawyer Disciplinary System is a rather complex system that is designed to provide for an ample opportunity for the Grievant to present concerns about the conduct of attorneys, for the attorney to have a full and fair opportunity to defend the claims asserted against him / her, and for the system to have sufficient checks and balances to make sure that the interests of all are taken into account and protected. 

Monte E. Weiss is the founder of Weiss Law Office, S.C. His practice is devoted almost entirely to the defense of bodily injury, property damage, and products liability cases on behalf of insurance companies and self-insured entities. His courtroom experience includes numerous jury and court trials around the State of Wisconsin as well as arguing cases before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

He routinely represents insurance carriers with respect to insurance contract interpretation issues, claims of bad faith, and other complex insurance coverage matters. Weiss has drafted several personal lines property and casualty insurance policies, including homeowner and automobile policies.

In 2009, upon receiving a request from then Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson to assist with the regulatory system that governs the conduct of Wisconsin’s attorneys, Attorney Weiss accepted. He has since served on District Investigation Committee Two of the Office of Lawyer Regulation. Weiss’ involvement with District Investigation Committee Two helps him to effectively serve his clients in the defense of legal malpractice claims as well as grievances with and complaints filed by the Office of Lawyer Regulation.

Mr. Weiss has argued his clients’ cases before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals as well as the Wisconsin Supreme Court. As a result of these efforts, Weiss has helped shape and develop Wisconsin law on a number of critical issues that affect his clients. In addition to his efforts in the courtroom, he is also the author of many articles regarding insurance coverage and other insurance industry-related topics and is a regular speaker on these same issues.

Mr. Weiss has been selected to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list for a number of consecutive years. He was also recently recognized as a “top rated insurance coverage attorney.” Weiss is extremely proud to be celebrating his 15th year with the highest attorney rating possible in the legal industry.

 

10:00 AM to 10:15 AM Break with Sponsors & Exhibitors 

 

10:15 AM to 12:00 PM:  ETHICS SESSION -  2 Ethics Credits

Interactive Ethics: What Would You Do?  
Practical ethics guidance for situations you encounter regularly

Kelly L. Centofanti, Ronald G. Pezze, Jr. and Timothy J. Pierce

Synopsis:  Bring your laptop or cell phone – our panel will pose a series of ethical conundrums to the audience with an interactive poll. How would your actions mirror that of our audience? What would our ethics counsel advise? 

Kelly L. Centofanti is the managing partner of Centofanti Law, S.C.  Her practice focuses on personal injury litigation on the plaintiff's side.  She handles cases involving medical, legal and other professional negligence, nursing home neglect and abuse, insurance bad faith, motor vehicle and boating accidents and premises liability.

She has lectured locally and nationwide at numerous seminars and CLE programs on a variety of topics.   Kelly has guest lectured at Marquette University Law School and the University of Wisconsin Law School.  She has also served on the faculty of five National College of Advocacy Trial Skills Colleges (Essentials, Houston; Medical Malpractice, Safety Harbor; Depositions, Atlanta; Direct and Cross Examination, Phoenix and Knoxville), has spoken at two AAJ National Conventions, and was a speaker at an AAJ “Weekend of the Stars” in New York City. 

 

    

Ronald G. Pezze, Jr. is a shareholder at Ratzel, Pytlik & Pezze, LLC.  His practice is concentrated in civil litigation.  He routinely represents insurance companies and their insureds in the defense of liability claims, insurance contract interpretation issues, claims of bad faith and other complex insurance coverage matters.  Other areas of practice include casualty insurance law, property insurance law, employment practices liability, products liability, copyright law, commercial litigation, construction law and general negligence.    Mr. Pezze has argued cases before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Wisconsin Supreme Court; and has lectured at numerous seminars and CLE programs on a variety of substantive and procedural topics.  He has been board certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy and Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  Mr. Pezze’s professional affiliations include a former chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Litigation Section.   He has been selected as a Super Lawyer by his peers, as well as listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2007.  Mr. Pezze has been rated by Martindale-Hubble as AV Preeminent.  He is admitted to all Wisconsin state courts; the United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit; and the U.S. District Court for Eastern and Western districts of Wisconsin.   Mr. Pezze earned his B.S. degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and his J.D. degree from Marquette University Law School.  

 

Timothy J. Pierce is Ethics Counsel for the State Bar of Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Mr. Pierce was previously a Deputy Director at the Office of Lawyer Regulation. He has also been employed as the Ethics Administrator for Milbank, Hadley, Tweed & McCloy, in New York, and as an Assistant State Public Defender in Racine. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. He is a frequent speaker on matters of professional ethics.

 

 

 


Presidents' Reception & Dinner

2019 WAJ Presidents' Dinner & Reception 
(reception and dinner registration only)

Friday, December 6, 2019
The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee

 

$25.00- Reception Only Ticket (6:00 pm)
$100.00- Dinner Ticket (7:00 pm)

 


 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.

Place a Tribute Ad in the Presidents' Dinner Program!

Display your/your company’s ad and pay tribute to our special
guests and award winners and personally congratulate one or
all of the recipients.
Select the ad size you would like to reserve for your

personal greeting or ad in the Tribute Book.

Take a look at the 2016 Tribute Book, 2017 Tribute Book & 2018 Tribute Book

Include your own personalized message!

  • Logo Inserted    $50    
  • 1/6 Page Ad      $150
  • 1/3 Page Ad      $300
  • 1/2 Page Ad      $500
  • Full Page Ad      $750   

 

 
Wisconsin Association for Justice 
Cordially Invites you to an Evening of Celebration!
 

 

2019 Presidents' Dinner & Reception
 
Friday, December 6th at The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee on 7th Floor
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

Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson
Wisconsin Supreme Court

Trailblazer.  Driven.  Tireless.  Fair and impartial.  Brilliant legal scholar.  These are just a few of the many terms that describe Shirley Abrahamson.

Born in 1933 in New York City to Jewish Polish immigrants, Shirley Abrahamson knew from an early age that she wanted to be a lawyer.  After graduating from New York University in three years, she attended the University of Indiana Law School, graduating in 1956 at the age of 21.  A trailblazer for women in the law, she graduated first in her class—the only female—and in 1976 went on to become the first woman to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  She became Chief Justice in 1996.  In 2013, she became the longest-serving Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice ever.   

For her part, Shirley Abrahamson has modestly attempted to downplay her trailblazer status, commenting in a video interview for Indiana University that “I was there at the right time and I was in the right place.  It was before many women went to law school, so there were opportunities and there was a trail that could be walked.  But you know, there have been many women over many generations who blazed that trail so I could walk on it.”  The trail she has blazed for others following in her footsteps is unrivaled.

In July of this year, Shirley Abrahamson stepped down from the Wisconsin Supreme Court after completing her fourth 10-year term.  In her 43 years on the state’s highest court, almost half of them as our Chief Justice, she has left behind an unparalleled legacy, where she authored more than 535 majority opinions, 491 dissenting opinions, and 325 concurring opinions.  This does not include the tens of thousands petitions for review, bypasses, certifications and lawyer and judicial disciplinary cases to have come before the Court during her tenure. 

In terms of her legacy, Shirley Abrahamson will be remembered for her advocacy for new federalism, which stresses the importance of state constitutional law as affording additional protections and rights to individuals beyond those guaranteed by the federal constitution.  She has also left behind a legacy as a champion of judicial independence.  As she told those gathered in the Capitol Rotunda at her tribute ceremony on June 18, 2019, “[t]he need for an independent judiciary both in this state and in the country has never been greater.”  Finally, throughout her entire judicial career, through her actions and words, Shirley Abrahamson has embodied the mantra “and justice for all.”  As she has explained, “[i]t’s important that we apply the same rule of law to everybody, because that is only fair and you learn that as a child.”

For her outstanding service to the practice of law, for her tireless commitment to striving to make our legal system equal and accessible to all people, and for being such a staunch proponent of a fair, impartial and non-partisan judiciary, Shirley Abrahamson is this year’s recipient of the Wisconsin Association for Justice’s President’s Award. 

 

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.  

Location

Hotel Information:
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:
 $185 King or two Queens per night; 
Pfister King Suite (upgrade option) 
ONLINE LODGING REGISTRATION LINK:  Wisconsin Association for Justice
 Rooms are still available
 

 

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Preferred Capital Funding

Premier Settlement Services, Inc.

Skogen Engineering Group, Inc.

Synergy Settlement Services

American Association for Justice

Garrison Financial Settlement Services

Haibeck & Associates Legal Nurse

Team Rehabilitation

CenterPoint Consulting, LLC

Orthoclick LLC

Ryan Life Care Planning LLC

Pat Thomas Medical Illustration

 

Trial Guides

Evidence Video

 

Physician Life Care Planning

U.S. Legal Support

Ovation Hand Institute

 

Filevine

Ametros

 

Ringler Associates

 

Kenect

Cancellation Policy

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.  

 

At the Door Registrations will incur a $20 late fee.