Attorney Christine Esser

Christine Esser is a shareholder with the firm and the chair of the Executive Management Committee. She represents injured individuals in a variety of cases from automobile collisions to complex liability claims. Large or small, Christine prepares each case as if it will someday be argued to a jury. While most cases settle out of court, she works as if every case is going to trial to obtain the best possible outcome for each client. Christine has successfully tried jury trials throughout the State of Wisconsin. Based on her extensive experience and success in the courtroom, Christine has been certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy for over 15 years.

Christine has received the distinction of being recognized as a top lawyer by Super Lawyers, a selective recognition awarded to 5% of Wisconsin lawyers each year, on many occasions. Since 2011, she has been named one of the “Top 25 Women Attorneys in Wisconsin”. She has also been named as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in Wisconsin” since 2014. She has been named as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the American Trial Lawyers Association and in 2016 she was one of 26 outstanding women lawyers honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal. In 2017 Christine was given an ATHENA Leadership award for mentoring women and girls in Sheboygan County.

Christine makes time to give back to the community on a national and local level. She has published numerous articles and presented at legal seminars on topics relating to her practice. She is an active member in several legal and community organizations. Christine is currently a member of Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association for Justice and serves on the board of Helping Hands Healing Hooves. She served on the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification Board of Examiners for three years. Christine has also held committee positions in the State Bar of Wisconsin, as well as the Milwaukee and Sheboygan County Bar Associations. For many years she served as a District Commissioner for a local chapter of the United States Pony Club and continues to be an active volunteer with Big Brother Big Sisters in Sheboygan.

Christine received her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Drake University Law School and received the William and Ellen Cooney Hoye Award from the law school faculty as the graduating senior who, in their opinion, demonstrated the greatest promise as an advocate, a public servant, and a practitioner. Prior to moving to Wisconsin and beginning her legal career she served as a law clerk for Justice Marsha Ternus on the Iowa Supreme Court. When not in the office or courtroom, Christine’s interests include riding horses, reading and gardening.

  Honors

  Education

  • Drake University Law School, J.D. magna cum laude
  • Millsaps College, B.S., magna cum laude

  Memberships

  Publications & Presentations

  • Author, "Authenticating Electronically Stored Information," 40:4 The Verdict 9, 2017
  • Speaker, Using Audio and Visual Evidence to Strengthen Your Case, Ozaukee Bar Association, 2016
  • Speaker, "Don't Drop the Ball, Get the Call," Wisconsin Association for Justice CLE Seminar, 2014
  • Speaker, “Auto Insurance: Current Jury Attitudes, Ethics Negotiations, and Handling Auto Cases,” Milwaukee Bar Association CLE Seminar, 2012
  • Speaker, "Does Metadata Matter?" Wisconsin Association for Justice CLE Seminar, 2012
  • Author, “Gister Decision Invites Hospital Liens,” 35 The Verdict 27, 2012
  • Speaker, "The Fundamentals of Proper Service," Wisconsin Association for Justice CLE Seminar, 2011
  • Speaker, "Ethical Dilemmas in Personal Injury Cases" Wisconsin Association for Justice CLE Seminar, 2010
  • Speaker, "Auto Insurance:  Uninsured, Underinsured & Accident Litigation in Wisconsin," Lorman CLE Seminar, 2007
  • Speaker, "Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation in Wisconsin, Success Lies in the Details," Lorman CLE Seminar, 2002
  • Speaker, "Experts: Finding and Handling Yours; Investigating the Other Party's," Wisconsin State Bar Midwinter Convention, 1997
  • Speaker, "Defending Orthopedic Claims: Strategies from the Surgeon and the Attorney," DRI's National Young Lawyers Convention, 1997
  • Author, "Selecting and Handling Expert Witnesses in Litigation," 39 For the Defense 15, 1997
  • Author, "The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978: Violating Personal Rights for the Sake of the Tribe," 10 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, 1996
  • Author, “The Conservation Preserve Program and Its Effect on Farmers Filing Bankruptcy”, 43 Drake Law Review, 1994

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