At a Time of Increased Settlements, the Prestigious Robert L. Habush Award Recognizes Exemplary Abilities to Successfully Advocate Before a Jury
Milwaukee, Wis. – The Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ), Wisconsin’s largest voluntary bar association, announced the recipient of the 2021 Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award as Benjamin S. Wagner of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. The prestigious award recognizes Wagner for his exemplary abilities to successfully litigate complex claims before a jury, mentorship of the next generation of trial attorneys and leadership in navigating the challenges posed to courtrooms by the pandemic. The award was presented at the WAJ annual dinner in Milwaukee on December 3, 2021.
Wagner is a shareholder in the Habush Milwaukee office and specializes in representing victims and their loved ones in the areas of nursing home abuse and neglect, auto accidents, personal injury, wrongful death and more. His courtroom accolades include obtaining over 25 favorable jury verdicts, three of which were seven-figure jury awards, and serving as an advisor to Milwaukee County on restoring jury trials during the 2020-2021 pandemic. In addition, Wagner tried one of the first Milwaukee County jury trials in 2021 (April) and won a verdict in excess of a half of a million dollars for his client in a 4-day jury trial.
The WAJ award is named in honor of Robert (Bob) Habush, former Chairman of the Board of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. and son of the firm’s founder Jesse Habush. Bob previously served as President of the WAJ (formerly WATL), the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) and served in leadership and teaching roles across the legal industry.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized for our work to bring relief and justice to our clients in their most trying times,” said Benjamin Wagner. “Having risen from working as a law clerk for Habush with Bob as a friend and mentor, I’m beyond proud to do my small part in helping to perpetuate Bob’s legacy of advocacy and excellence before a jury.”
Early in his career, Wagner was recognized as one of 20 up-and-coming lawyers in Wisconsin and a Rising Star in Wisconsin law. He’s consistently been listed by Best Lawyers in America for personal injury litigation. He previously served as President of WAJ and has held membership and leadership positions across various legal organizations and for community and civic causes. He serves as Chair of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Neuroscience Research Center advisory board, and currently serves on the board of directors of Sojourner Family Peace Center, Discovery World, and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious 40 under 40 Award by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
Wagner received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received an undergraduate degree from Emory University.