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Joseph M. Troy

also known as Joe Troy

About me

I started as a personal injury attorney after graduating from UW-Law School in 1980. I was elected State Circuit Court Judge in 1987 and served for 20 years.  During that time I was chosen by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to serve as Chief Judge of the 8th district and chosen by the other chief judges of the state to be lead the Chief Judges Committee.  In October 2007 I returned to private practice as a personal injury attorney and partner with Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.  I have since been voted by the members of the State Bar of Wisconsin to serve on the Board of Directors of the Litigation section of the Bar.  I exclusively represent people injured in accidents of all kinds to recover lost income, medical expenses, interference with their normal life, pain, suffering and disability.


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Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 55%
    35 years
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    35 years
  3. Trucking Accident: 15%
    35 years



Contingent (20-33%)

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  • Jeffrey Thomas Oswald

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Troy is top notch. His experience both on the bench and as a trial lawyer make him one of the best advocates around. He will handle your case with skill and compassion.


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Contact info

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.

4100 Boardwalk Court
Appleton, WI, 54914


WIGood Standing198003/02/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
President's AwardState Bar of Wisconsin2014
FellowWisconsin Law Foundation2014
Chair, Judicial Selection Task ForceState Bar of Wisconsin2012
Vice Chair of Litigation SectionState Bar of Wisconsin2012
Preeminent Lawyer based on Peer RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top Attorneys in WisconsinMilwaukee Magazine2010
Board of Directors Litigation SectionState Bar of Wisconsin2010
Top Trial LawyerAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
Top Attorneys in WisconsinMilwaukee Magazine Super Lawyers2009
Outstanding Instructor AwardNational Judicial College2008
Wisconsin Trial Judge of the YearAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2004
Chief of the ChiefsChief Judges of Wisconsin2004
President's Award for Public ServiceState Bar of Wisconsin2002
State of Wisconsin Public Service AwardState Public Defender2001
Outstanding Public ServiceOffice of the State Public Defenders1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHabush Habush & Rottier S.C.2007 - Present
Chief Judge/Circuit JudgeState of Wisconsin Courts1987 - 2007
PartnerHerrling Clark Law Firm1980 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Wisconsin, Judicial Selection Task ForceChair2012 - Present
State Bar of Wisconsin, Litigation SectionVice Chair2012 - Present
Wisconsin Committee of Chief JudgesChair2005 - 2006
National Judicial Collegeadjunct faculty2003 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1980 - Present
Wisconsin Association for JusticeMember1980 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Derepkowski v Secura Insurance2.8 million dollar verdict
Knorr v Chizek Transportation 10 CV 32 Manitowoc County, WI$415,000 settlement shortly before trial
Keith Strehlo v American Hardwware Mutual$2,000,000 settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin LawyerTerm Limits for Supreme Court Justices2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Wisconsin Law School LawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Lawrence University N/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WAJ Winter Conference Green BayHandling Trucking Accidents: How They Are Different2011
Judicial ForumAdvanced Trial Practic2010
Fourth Amendment Trial Judges SeminarSearch and Seizure2009
Spring ConferenceA View From the Bench2007
AMBER Alert Investigators TrainingSearch and Seizure in AMBER Alert Situations2006
General Practice CourseTrial Advocacy1999