Attorney Daniel Rottier facing domestic violence charge

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MAPLE BLUFF (WITI) — FOX6 News has learned that Daniel Rottier, a prominent Wisconsin attorney, and the president of personal injury law firm Habush, Habush & Rottier, is charges related to a domestic violence incident involving his wife.

Daniel Rottier

Daniel Rottier

62-year-old Rottier of Madison faces one count of misdemeanor battery, domestic abuse, use of a dangerous weapon.

Police were dispatched to a home on Farwell Drive in the Village of Maple Bluff on the evening of February 7th, for a report of a disturbance between a man and a woman. Dispatch advised police that the woman had been struck in the back by the man, with a cane.

Police responded to the scene, and made contact with Rottier’s wife. An officer observed a red welt on her left upper back — consistent with being struck with a cane or similar object.

A criminal complaint indicates Rottier’s wife told police he was supposed to take their children to the movies that night, but had instead come home and was drinking.

The complaint says Rottier’s wife was upset he was no longer taking the children to the movies — and said she confronted him about being drunk.

The complaint says the two were standing in the kitchen, facing one another, when Rottier’s wife says he pulled his cane back to strike her. She then turned away — causing the strike to land on her back.

Rottier’s wife refused transportation to the hospital.

The complaint says Rottier was taken the Dane County Jail — where he was given a preliminary breath test. The result was .13.

If convicted of the charge against him, Rottier faces a maximum of nine months in jail, and a maximum of $10,000 in fines.

Rottier is the President of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., a plaintiffs’ personal injury firm, with thirteen offices located throughout Wisconsin.

He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin.

He is admitted to practice in all courts in Wisconsin and has been admitted on a pro hac vice basis in eighteen other states.

From 2006 through 2013, Rottier was voted to the Top Ten Super Lawyers List in Wisconsin, earning the most points among all attorneys in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

He is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (1990–membership limited to 500 trial lawyers in the United States), the American Board of Trial Advocates (1990), the American College of Trial Lawyers (1994) and the Wisconsin Law Foundation (2001).

He has been certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocates since 1982 and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for over twenty years.

In 2009 he was invited to membership in the Inner Circle of Advocates, a national association limited to the top one hundred plaintiffs’ trial attorneys in the United States.

He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin Law School and is a past-president of the Civil Justice Foundation, the educational arm of the Wisconsin Association for Justice.

Rottier has served on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, the Wisconsin Association for Justice and the State Bar of Wisconsin as past chair of the Litigation Section.

He is a past-president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice and was named Trial Lawyer of the year in 2008 by that organization.  He is admitted and in 1991 he successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court in Molzof v. USA.

Rottier has taught various courses at the University of Wisconsin Law School and is a frequent lecturer on trial practice techniques and use of technology in litigation.

Rottier has been lead counsel on seventy-four cases resulting in awards over a million dollars and eight cases over ten million dollars.


  • P M

    Interesting how after you write the article about Daniel Rottier hitting his wife you ensure the audience is aware of all of his credentials. The amount of space in the article listing all of his credentials outweigh the actual news of the story you are reporting on. I am sure Daniel will thank you for this or sue you. Unfortunately, his wife will just get it all the worse once he gets out because she dared to embarrass him and air his behavior for all to see. A slap on the hand and all is forgotten.

  • P Sadowski

    Yes, he will probably get away with it because he has money, prominence in the community and position at Habush, Habush and Rottier. I can see it already, no conviction, plea bargain and informal supervision for a short time! So sad.

  • Grace

    He prefers drinking to taking his kids out, in Wisconsin drinking and driving is bad so he pre meditated showing up wi most seniors have canes, he pre maditated that weapon use as it shoos away wi critters and in your face people.he could have paid a cab service for his kids unless the service is as bad as in milwaukee.if he’s emotionally unavailable to his children he can put them with a big brother type mentor service who takes kids on social outings, I’m sure with his vast resource library he can come up with that or put one his genius office workers at it.i can imagine his kids at A loss for words as his mom advocating in their defense gets assaulted ,truly demoralizing ,

  • Hilary

    As someone who grew up in Maple Bluff, my heart goes out to Frankie and her kids. She was always a nice person to me and it’s sad she has to go through this. it just goes to show: more money, more problems.

  • Bobbi

    Interesting that the article failed to mention Daniel’s fight for survival after being diagnosed with a fatal bone cancer. Drugs for that alone can change ones physical make up and mood, not to mention facing an almost sure mortality. And Frankie is upset he wasn’t taking the children to the movies? She can do that; she isn’t the one fighting bone cancer. I also resided in Maple Bluff and any encounter I ever had with Daniel was pleasant – one would never know he was an attorney living in a mansion there – he was always quite down to earth and friendly. I feel for him. No one knows what it is like to get diagnosed with cancer like that. Cut him a break. I do.

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