Habush Habush & Rottier: Four of the five female attorneys certified as civil trial specialists in Wisconsin are from Habush Habush & Rottier SC


Marta Fieweger, (414) 390-5500

Attorneys Sunby and Laughlin join Female Attorneys Esser and Cafferty in achieving certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Wausau, Wis. –Two Habush, Habush & Rottier SC ® attorneys have become the fourth and fifth women in the state of Wisconsin to currently hold Board Certification as Civil Trial Specialists by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). Attorneys Brenda K. Sunby and Theresa Laughlin both completed and received their certifications this year. They both practice in the firm’s Wausau, Stevens Point and Rhinelander ® offices.

Attorneys Sunby and Laughlin join two other female Habush attorneys, Christine Esser, Sheboygan, and Kristin Cafferty, Racine, in achieving this certification. These Habush attorneys account for four of the five female Wisconsin Civil Trial Specialists that currently hold this certification. A total of 21 attorneys with Habush Habush & Rottier SC® hold Board Certification, the most of any law firm in the nation.

The certification, which takes years to complete, requires, among other things, an exam, 45 days in trial, a writing sample and references from judges and other attorneys. “The NBTA certification process is widely recognized as one of the most rigorous in the country,” said Daniel Rottier, president of Habush, Habush & Rottier SC®. “The certification is highly respected throughout the legal community, and it is fitting that well-respected, accomplished lawyers like Brenda and Theresa have achieved this honor.”

Sunby is a trial lawyer who handles a variety of personal injury cases. She is on the Board of Governors, Program Committee and the Jury Instruction Committee for the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ) and is a founding member and past chair of the WAJ Women’s Caucus. She is a member of the Association for Women Lawyers, serves on the Board of Trustees for the Wisconsin Civil Justice Education Foundation, serves on the Pavilion Building Committee at the United Church of Christ in Elcho, and is a Girl Scout leader.

Laughlin has tried cases throughout the state. Her practice focuses on claims involving motor vehicle accidents and medical malpractice. She is an active member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, as well as the Association’s Women’s Caucus. She is a profile writer for the Association for Women Lawyer’s monthly newsletter and a member of the Marathon County Bar Association.

Having 80% of all current female Board Certified Civil Trial Specialists in Wisconsin from the Habush firm is a source of pride to all of the attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier SC®. Dan Rottier explains that these four attorneys have helped open the door for females to succeed in an area of legal practice that is historically male dominated. “We’re proud to have such a high percentage of female Board Certified Civil Trial Attorneys as our partners. We appreciate how difficult it can sometimes be for female attorneys to prove themselves in an area of practice that has not always been welcoming to female attorneys.”

Attorney Brenda Sunby credits the firm with encouraging female trial attorneys, stating that “the firm understands that the life experience of many female attorneys may be somewhat different than most men, but these differences may also be a source of strength that a female attorney brings with her to the courtroom.”

About Habush Habush & Rottier

Habush Habush & Rottier has served Wisconsin as a personal injury law firm for more than 75 years. The firm handles cases from simple auto accidents to complex and difficult claims involving death or catastrophic injuries from medical negligence, product or machine defects, or construction negligence. The firm has more National Board of Trial Advocacy certified trial lawyers than any other law firm in the United States. The firm also lists more past presidents of state and national trial lawyer associations, attorneys named among the best lawyers in America and law school instructors than any other personal injury law firm in Wisconsin. The firm has offices throughout Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Madison, Appleton, Green Bay, Racine, Kenosha, Lake Geneva, West Bend, Wausau, Rhinelander, Sheboygan and Stevens Point.