Courtroom Avenger


About the book

Based in Milwaukee, Habush has been in the trenches for more than five decades. He fought for a young widow whose husband died in the World Trade Center on 9-11, for a high school athlete sexually abused by her coach and religious teacher, he fought for a sawmill worker, horribly maimed when the owners of the mill refused to safeguard dangerous machinery, for a community center that suffered the hateful slings of anti-Semitism. And in a landmark case against Mitsubishi Industries, he battled for the widows of three Milwaukee steelworkers who fell to their deaths during the construction of Miller Park stadium.

Courtroom Avenger is the story of the battle for civil justice. In this riveting biography, author Kurt Chandler paints a profile of a lawyer who has represented the Davids of the world against Goliath interests.

“Bob Habush is a giant among the nation’s trial lawyers,” says Leo Boyle, past president of the American Association for Justice.

This book is filled with stories that will thrill, educate and inspire you. And in the final chapter, Habush shares his personal visions for the future of the legal profession and the law. Read this compelling story of a man who wasn’t afraid to fight for the common man — and make a difference in the legal profession.

Praise for: Courtroom Avenger: The Challenges and Triumphs of Robert Habush

“Courtroom Avenger is enthralling, the story of superstar lawyer Robert Habush, an iron-fisted, fearless, imaginative advocate with a big heart for his injured clients, with the determination to surmount every obstacle to assure they are compensated in the courts.”
Joan B. Claybrook
Past President of Public Citizen
Former Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

“Bob Habush pulls punches neither in the courtroom nor in his book. Anyone interested in the work of the trial lawyer–the work at the heart of our justice system–will want to read this engaging and forthright account of his career and life. For more than fifty years, Bob Habush has done the hard work of a trial lawyer even as he has built a leading law firm and engaged in philanthropy. This book provides insight into not just Bob’s activities but these spheres of life more generally.”
Joseph D. Kearney
Dean, Marquette University Law School

“Bob Habush’s story, as compellingly set forth in Courtroom Avenger, is a validation for those like me who believe the law is a noble profession. Bob Habush is legendary, the kind of lawyer that draws other lawyers to the courthouse to watch and learn. The cases recounted in this book reveal much more than just an outstanding practitioner. They show us a man with an unwavering devotion to justice and a willingness to stand up for the little guy. When I wanted the very best lawyer to represent the people of Wisconsin in the largest piece of litigation in state history against the massive force of Big Tobacco, I chose Bob. In that case, as in so many others, Bob came through. Not only individual clients, but generations of people have, and will, benefit from Bob’s great work.”
Jim Doyle, Governor of Wisconsin, 2003-2011
Attorney General of Wisconsin, 1991-2003

“This book rings true reflecting the guts and drive of a man I have appreciated being allied with.”
Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, Wisconsin

“Courtroom Avenger is a riveting biography of Bob Habush, a brilliant trial lawyer who was a pioneer in developing products liability law. The recounting of the cases that he tried will keep you on the edge of your seat. More important is the portrayal of a man who brings to every aspect of his professional life passion for his clients and moral indignation against those who treat them with wanton disregard. Not everyone can match Habush’s brilliance. But everyone, lawyer and non-lawyers alike, can learn what it means to be truly dedicated to others.”
Aaron D. Twerski
Irwin and Jill Cohen Professor of Law
Brooklyn Law School

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