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When it came time for Steven Botzau, a plaintiff attorney for Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to nominate someone for the honor of “Trial Judge of the Year,” he knew exactly who to choose. Botzau nominated Racine County Circuit Court Judge Emily Mueller for the title, an honor given every year by the Wisconsin chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Other ABOTA members will typically offer up their own ideas for nominations, but once Botzau suggested Judge Mueller, “everybody agreed right away that she was perfect and a very worthy recipient,” Botzau said.

Judge Emily Mueller was first appointed to the bench in 1992 and has served as a judge in Racine County ever since. Over the past 25 years, she has presided over dozens of high-profile criminal and civil cases. Botzau noted that, to his knowledge, Mueller is the first Racine County Circuit judge to receive the “Trial Judge of the Year” title. Mueller prides herself on treating everyone in the courtroom with respect, and when asked about her role as a judge, Mueller said, “A judge needs to make certain that the playing field is level for everybody, and that everybody is playing by the same set of legal rules.”

The attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® want to congratulate Judge Mueller for the well-deserved honor of Trial Judge of the Year. She has helped our community to become a more fair and honest place, and we hope that other judges will learn from her respectable work. You can read more about Judge Mueller in her feature in The Journal Times