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Timothy S. Trecek
Personal Injury Lawyer in Milwaukee & West Bend, WI
In 2020, as lead trial counsel, Tim Trecek obtained a $38.1 million verdict against Hyundai Motor Company, for a defectively designed seat back and head restraint system in his client’s 2013 Hyundai Elantra (see news story). The verdict is the largest single-plaintiff compensatory award in Wisconsin history. The verdict included $7.77 million for the plaintiff’s spouse, another record for Wisconsin verdicts. Based on the significance of his 2020 verdict, Tim was honored to receive the Robert L. Habush, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, the second time being recognized with said award (read acceptance speech). He was also awarded The Litigation Counsel of America’s Tommy Malone Outstanding Verdict Award, an honor bestowed upon one attorney in the US whose verdict is extraordinary in amount or significance.
Tim is a shareholder and has been a member of the law firm since 1995. In 2017, he was elected by his partners as a corporate officer of the firm (Secretary) and in 2021, was named the firm’s Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He is a managing partner of both the Milwaukee and West Bend offices. Tim specializes in all types of personal injury litigation. He has successfully litigated cases involving automobile defects (airbags, seatbelts, seats, and structural integrity), construction accidents, mis-filled prescriptions, car/motorcycle accidents, truck/semi accidents, slip/trip and falls, dog bites, injuries involving horses, brain injuries, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), machine defects (saws, chippers, cement mixer defects, deer stands, snowblowers), child car seats, personal watercraft, and specialized experience with serious burn injuries from events such as explosions and utility/electrical accidents.
Tim has worked on cases throughout the United States. Due to his significant trial experience, he has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has been selected for exclusive membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was recognized in the January 25, 2006 issue of the Wisconsin Law Journal (see article) for holding three of the state’s top five settlements in 2005. In 2009, he obtained the third largest reported award in the State of Wisconsin ($6 million) for his client who was injured in an accident with a semi-trailer truck.
In February of 2011, Tim obtained a $16 million award on behalf of eight injured scaffold workers involved in a dust explosion at the WE Energies Oak Creek plant. This is the largest award in the State’s history involving injuries caused by an explosion of PRB (Powder River Basin) coal dust. It also makes Tim the only attorney in Wisconsin to have four multi-million-dollar recoveries against the State’s largest utility.
In 2011, the Wisconsin Association for Justice selected Tim as the annual recipient of the prestigious Robert L. Habush Wisconsin Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for the first time (read acceptance speech). Additionally, he was named as one of Wisconsin’s Leaders in the Law in 2008 by the Wisconsin Law Journal. In 2013 Tim was accepted as a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Attorneys, one of the youngest recipients of this venerable honor. In 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2021, he was honored to be listed as “Lawyer of Year” for Product Liability Litigation in Milwaukee, by Best Lawyers in America. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2010. In 2020, Tim was inducted into the invitation-only Summit Council, an exclusive group of the nation’s top civil justice attorneys. Membership requires at least three verdicts of $1 million and at least one verdict in excess of $10 million. From 1999 to 2007, Tim served two terms on the District 2 Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation at the request of the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Since 2005, Tim has been teaching an Advanced Trial Practice course at Marquette University Law School. He has given speeches to other lawyers on a variety of legal topics. Using his experience in child car seat defect cases, he has given presentations to parents of pre-school children concerning the safe use of child car seats. He is also a Senior Fellow in the International Society of Barristers (proudly serving on their Board of Governors), the invitation-only Litigation Counsel of America, a Fellow in The American Bar Foundation, and a member of the invitation-only Summit Council. Additionally, Tim has been recognized on the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list each year since 2006, making the Wisconsin Top 10 list in 2014 and 2018 – 2021, and the Milwaukee Top 25 list since 2011; in 2020, he was one of the top vote recipients. Tim also serves on the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee’s Board of Directors. The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee is one of the nation’s oldest, continuously operating, public interest law firms.
Although he was born, raised, and works in southeastern Wisconsin, Tim has earned a national reputation as a successful plaintiff’s trial lawyer. Tim’s successes have been so noteworthy that they have been chronicled in papers such as the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and dozens of other publications. Tim is also actively involved in his church and the community. Since 1994 Tim has been happily married to his wife, Karyn and they have three wonderful daughters and a son-in-law.
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Hiring Tim Trecek at Habush Habush & Rottier was the best thing we could have done. He went out of his way to win a case that, due to his knowledge and experience, no other attorney could have won. His patience and professionalism are next to none. We appreciate everything Tim did for my husband and our family. We highly recommend Tim and his team to anyone needing legal assistance! Thank you Tim!Jessica Milwaukee
My family and I were very impressed with Tim Trecek’s service. He was very committed to my case and always put forth a positive, professional attitude. He was always prepared and could answer any question without hesitation; he was extremely confident and that put our minds at ease during this difficult time. He knew my case inside and out and it was obvious that he worked diligently to get all the facts out in the trial. Assisted by an excellent paralegal during the trial, they retrieved information quickly and never once stumbled. We were especially impressed with the power of his presentation and delivery of his questions to witnesses and also his respect for the judge and jury and our family. I would not hesitate to recommend Tim to anyone, especially if their case is as difficult as mine was with extremely technical details and mechanical references.Darcy Milwaukee
I meet with Tim Trecek shortly after I was injured in a car accident and immediately hired him. Tim and his staff most notably Cindy keep me in the loop from start to finish. Though there were some trying times with info from doctors and insurance companies they tirelessly pushed through the red tape to get the job done. I’m thankful for the settlement that was reached. If I needed legal help in the future I definitely would hire Tim again.Dale Milwaukee
Tim and his team were great from beginning to the end. Our case was over 2 years in length and not once did we feel that we weren’t their only case. They always took the time to answer our questions and meet with us when needed. Tim was honest throughout the process and we don’t feel that anyone could have or would have treated us better.Adam
Meet Timothy S. Trecek
- 2006-2021 Wisconsin Super Lawyers
- 2010-2021 Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers
- 2011-2021 Top 25 Milwaukee Super Lawyers
- 2016, 2018-2020 Top 10 Wisconsin Super Lawyers
- Best Lawyer of the Year 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021 Plaintiff-Product Liability
- Best Lawyers Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs since 2011
- AVVO Rating - 10.0
- Wisconsin Association for Justice: Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year 2011 & 2020
- Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
- Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee – Board of Directors
- Sigma Tau Delta
- Pi Sigma Alpha (President)
- Since 2005, taught a course in Advanced Trial Practice at Marquette University Law School
- Guest Lecturer at Marquette University
- Lectured at continuing legal education seminars given by the Wisconsin Association for Justice, The National Business Institute and Lorman
- State Bar of Wisconsin
- American Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- The Wisconsin Association for Justice
- District Two Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation
- Bench Bar Committee
- Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers Association
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- Litigation Counsel of America
- International Society of Barristers (Board of Governors)
- Member, Trial Law Institute
- Member, Diversity Law Institute
- Barrister, Order of Veritas
- Advocate, Order of Certus
- 1993 Marquette University, J.D., received the American Jurisprudence Award for Advanced Trial Practice and was on the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement
- 1990 Marquette University, B.S.