"Being in the courtroom is a place where I will always want to be. It's a place where I never feel better psychologically. It's always been this way. To me, it's what I was put on this earth to do." -Robert Habush
This new addition to the acclaimed ABA Lawyer Biography Series is a profile of Robert Habush, a prolific and esteemed trial lawyer based in Milwaukee. He's a lawyer whose name would probably appear on any top-ten list in the country. He's recognized by his peers as a lawyer who is always fighting for the little guy against the big pocket. Habush has been honored by every bar association in his state and has been honored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America on numerous occasions. In the state of Wisconsin, an award was established in his name, the Robert Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.
Each chapter of this compelling book covers a significant trial in his career, with analysis of trial strategy and commentary from Habush himself, interwoven with biographical information. From the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries trial, where he represented the widows of three ironworkers who had been killed during the construction of Miller Park stadium in Milwaukee, to representing the survivors of the World Trade Center attack, this book is filled with stories that will thrill, educate and inspire you.
In addition, Robert Habush shares his personal visions for the future of the legal profession and the law. Read this compelling story of a man who wasn't afraid to fight for the common man and make a difference in the legal profession.
- CHAPTER ONE - The Avenger
- CHAPTER TWO - Breaking Out
- CHAPTER THREE - A Fire in the Belly
- CHAPTER FOUR - Civil Justice
- CHAPTER FIVE - The Activist
- CHAPTER SIX - Landmarks
- CHAPTER SEVEN - Altruistic Warrior
- CHAPTER EIGHT - A Plaintiff's Heart
- CHAPTER NINE - Big Blue
- CHAPTER TEN - The Courtroom Avenger Looks Back Index
Praise for Courtroom Avenger...
“Bob Habush’s story, as compellingly set forth in “Courtroom Avenger,” is a validation for those like me who believe the law is a noble profession. Bob Habush is legendary, the kind of lawyer that draws other lawyers to the courthouse to watch and learn. The cases recounted in this book reveal much more than just an outstanding practitioner. They show us a man with an unwavering devotion to justice and a willingness to stand up for the little guy. When I wanted the very best lawyer to represent the people of Wisconsin in the largest piece of litigation in state history against the massive force of Big Tobacco, I chose Bob. In that case, as in so many others, Bob came through. Not only individual clients, but generations of people have, and will, benefit from Bob’s great work.”
—Jim Doyle, Governor of Wisconsin, 2003-2011; Attorney General of Wisconsin, 1991-2003
“This book rings true reflecting the guts and drive of a man I have appreciated being allied with.”
—Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold
“Courtroom Avenger is enthralling, the story of superstar lawyer Robert Habush, an iron-fisted, fearless, imaginative advocate with a big heart for his injured clients, with the determination to surmount every obstacle to assure they are compensated in the courts.”
—Joan B. Claybrook, Past President of Public Citizen, former Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
“Courtroom Avenger is a riveting biography of Bob Habush, a brilliant trial lawyer who was a pioneer in developing products liability law. The recounting of the cases that he tried will keep you on the edge of your seat. More important is the portrayal of a man who brings to every aspect of his professional life passion for his clients and moral indignation against those who treat them with wanton disregard. Not everyone can match Habush’s brilliance. But everyone, lawyer and non-lawyers alike, can learn what it means to be truly dedicated to others.”
—Aaron D. Twerski, Irwin and Jill Cohen Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
“I’ve known Bob Habush and marveled at his accomplishments for over 35 years. This informative and entertaining book reflects his enormous courage and dedication to his clients. His impressive list of trial victories for deserving clients have resulted in preventing harm to many others. Bob is
a plain speaking trial lawyer who has shown total determination for justice for his clients. This is a man I would want standing next to me in any worthwhile fight for justice.”
—Paul N. Luvera, Past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, Member of the National Trial Lawyer’s Hall of Fame
“Bob Habush pulls punches neither in the courtroom nor in his book. Anyone interested in the work of the trial lawyer—the work at the heart of our justice system—will want to read this engaging and forthright account of his career and life.”
—Joseph D. Kearney, Dean, Marquette University Law School
"Mandatory reading for all attorneys at WAJ and AAJ, especially the younger attorneys. Someone needs to let young attorneys know that its about substance not marketing and advertising. I’m keeping it at my office for when I need inspiration."
--William “Buck" Strifert, Strifert Law Firm, L.L.C.
"I had no idea that (the book) would be as great as it is and such a fantastic read. (Robert Habush) truly has had a phenomenal career and impact on making it a safer world for consumers/workers alike."
--David Weil, The ABA Journal