Joseph M. Troy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Appleton, WI

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
 | 4100 Boardwalk Court, Appleton, WI 54914
Phone: 920-738-0900
Fax: 920-738-5850
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Attorney Profile

    Joe Troy is a Shareholder with the Firm. Joe had a long and distinguished career as a Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge and Chief Judge, before returning to private practice with Habush Habush & Rottier in 2007. Joe’s practice is dedicated exclusively to helping people who suffered personal injuries in accidents caused by other people’s carelessness and negligence. He has successfully recovered multi-million-dollar results for his clients in jury trials and settlements, but he has also helped hundreds of people with much smaller claims.

    In 2018 he was named Personal Injury Attorney of the Year by Best Lawyers®. In 2004 he was named Wisconsin Trial Judge of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates. Joe is Wisconsin’s first attorney to receive these distinctions as both a judge and attorney.

    Joe uses his unique experience as both a judge and attorney to help people who have suffered injuries which disrupt their lives, jeopardize their financial well-being, and impacts the lives of their loved ones.

    Practice Areas
    • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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    Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2021

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    About Joseph Troy

    Admitted: 1980, Wisconsin

    Professional Webpage:


    • Best Lawyer Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Green Bay, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2021
    • Best Lawyer Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Green Bay, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2019
    • Best Lawyer Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Green Bay, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2020
    • Best Lawyer Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Green Bay, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2018
    • Best Lawyer Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Green Bay, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2017
    • 2018 Personal Injury Attorney of the Year for Northeast Wisconsin (Best Lawyers), Best Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers® in America, 2018
    • Best Lawyer Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Green Bay, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2016
    • 2009-2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Wisconsin Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers®
    • Wisconsin IRIS award
    • Awarded for outstanding public service, State Bar of Wisconsin President's Award, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2016
    • AVVO 10.0 Rating
    • Trial Judge of the Year ABOTA Trial Attorneys from both plaintiff and defense bar annually recognize a trial judge who fairly and competently presides over a civil docket, Trial Judge of the Year, ABOTA, 2004
    • Peer driven selection for plaintiff personal injury attorney for northeast section of Wisconsin, Personal Injury Attorney of the Year-Northeast Wisconsin, Best Lawyers, 2018
    • Vice Chair, Board of Directors Litigation Section State Bar of Wisconsin, 2010
    • Plaintiff's personal injury attorney, Best Lawyer Recognition, 2017
    • State Bar President's Public Service Award.  Recognition for chairing state-wide task force for Public Trust and Confidence Committee, President's Public Service Award, Wisconsin State Bar, 2003
    • Chair,  State Bar Judicial Selection Task Force.   This is an ad hoc committee of the State Bar recommending Constitutional changes to improve public trust and confidence in the Wisconsin Supreme Court and justice system., 2013
    • Elected to Outagamie County Circuit Court in 1987, 1993, 1999, 2005
    • 2015-2020 Best Lawyers recognition
    • Former Chair State Bar Litigation Section.  This is a committee of civil trial attorneys elected by membership of the Wisconsin State Bar which is evenly divided between plaintiffs and defense attorneys.  The mission of the committee is to preserve and promote a fair and robust civil justice system in Wisconsin., President-elect State Bar Litigation Section, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2013
    • Chair , Chief Judges Committee.  Elected by fellow State Chief Judges, Chair Chief Judges Committee, State of Wisconsin Chief Judges, 2001
    • Best Lawyer Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Green Bay, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2015
    • Leader in the Law, 2015

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Wisconsin Association for Justice
    • American Bar Association
    • 2018 Personal Injury Attorney of the Year for Northeast Wisconsin (Best Lawyers), 2018
    • Election as 2d Vice President for Wisconsin Law Foundation Board of Directors, 2018
    • Presenter/Advisor to State Driving Instructor Organization re: the research on  the dangers of Distracted Driving, 2018
    • Wisconsin Judicial Education Office presentation at Civil Law Seminar "Spoliation of Evidence"  , 2017
    • Chair, Wisconsin State Bar Judicial Selection Task Force, 2016
    • Chair, Board of Directors Litigation Section State Bar of Wisconsin Chair, Public Trust and Confidence Ad Hoc Committee, 2013
    • ABOTA 2004 Wisconsin Trial Judge of the Year
    • Chief judge of the Eighth District (1999-2006); Chair of Chief Judges Committee 2004-06
    • State Circuit Court Judge & Presiding Outagamie County judge

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Co-Founder 'Clean Break" Juvenile Mentoring Program. Award winning program to provide youth and families positive alternative to delinquency proceedings. Recognized by awards from State Bar of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Public Defenders Program, Community Foundation of the Fox Valley & Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Vice President of NAMI Fox Valley and Chair of Capital Campaign Committee (advocacy for the mentally ill)
    • Fox Cities YMCA
    • United Way of the Fox Cities Professional Development Committee
    • State Bar of Wisconsin President's Award for public service, serving as Chair of the Judicial Selection Task Force, 2016
    • NAMI Fox Valley Chair, of capital campaign for new building for NAMI and five other local nonprofit agencies, 2015

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Presenter, Spoliation of Evidence, Wisconsin Judicial Education, 2017
    • Wisconsin Judicial Education, Guest Lecturer
    • UW Law School, Guest Lecturer
    • National Judicial College Faculty Member
    • Reviewed research on biological, psychological and human behavior as it relates to various forms of distracted driving.  Advised association's Board of Directors and presented at its  annual conference., Presenter/Advisor, Research on Dynamics and Dangers of Distracted Driving, State Of Wisconsin Association Of Driver Instructors, 2017
    • Lecturer twice yearly since 2001 on Fourth Amendment Law for Trial Judges from throughout the United States, Faculty Member , Fourth Amendment Law for Trial Judges, National Judicial College
    • Frequent lecturer for CLE for trial attorneys, prosecutors, &  public defenders, Instructor, Trial Lawyers
    • Judicial Education.  Numerous lectures and presentation to State Circuit Judges on a variety of civil and criminal topics, Lecture, Judicial Education
    • Presented to seminar of trial attorneys the legal, bio-mechanical and practical differences of handling cases arising from accidents involving semi tractor- trailers and "heavy trucks"., Presenter, WAJ, 2011


    • $450,000 settlement for closed-head injury, post-concussion symptoms altering a high school graduate's choice of college and major, 2018
    • $500,000 Nursing Home liability settlement , 2018
    • Settlement of workplace chemical exposure claim for 3 co-employees (further details confidential), 2018
    • $1,045,000 jury verdict in pedestrian-auto accident after a final offer of $250,000. , 2017
    • $990,000 for farmer hurt by contractor working on his farm.  Damages primarily related to production loss and needing to hire help during the time the farmer was incapacitated, 2017
    • $745,000 product liability settlement from manufacturer and distributor of a valve, which was a component part of a machine.  Machine manufacturer was defunct.  , 2017
    • 1 million wrongful death settlement of a 68 year-old truck driver, who was the victim of another semi driver's negligence, 2016
    • 1.95 million dollar settlement for wrongful death of a victim of a hunting accident, 2016
    • 2.5 million dollar settlement for high school student involved in bicycle-car accident with brain injury., 2016
    • $1,050,000 settlement in a trucking accident.  Motor Carrier Company did not properly maintain the brakes and failed to file required maintenance records under FMCSR., 2015
    • $1,325,000 settlement of accident at a paper mill demolition project.  Owner of property, excavation contractor and employer all contributed to settlement fund., 2015
    • $750,000 settlement in Truck/car crash caused by commercial driver who violated state and federal safety standards, 2013
    • 1.4 million dollar settlement in boiler explosion case caused by improper repair by boiler contractor., 2012
    • 2,000,000 for negligent instructions by farm implement dealer resulting in injuries to farmer when telescoping lift fell in farm field, 2010
    • $825,000 for woman injured due to negligently designed snow tubing park, resulting in crash into tree, 2010
    • $725,000 settlement in case where fire on commercial bus resulted in injuries for elderly passenger forced to evacuate through emergency windows.
    • $900,000 settlement for pedestrian/hunter struck by motor vehicle on rural, narrow roadway, 2009
    • 2.75 million dollar verdict in an auto liability trial in Marinette County October, 2008.  Last offer by defense $700,000.  2 million dollar product liability settlement 2010., 2008
    • 3.2 million dollar settlement arising from a truck accident against a retailer which was trying to run their trucking operation in-house.  Investigation and discovery revealed numerous FMCSR violations which were relevant to the crash and injuries.
    • $750,000 settlement against interstate carrier causing accident and injuries to sheriff deputy due to violation of hours of work and other FMCSR violations.


    • Mediated case to successful conclusion involving toxic waste at municipal site with allegations of causal cancer to plaintiffs and negligence of City and Power Co. The mediation required extensive sessions with each party over a 2 month period, but resolved before expensive depositions of each party's experts., 2012
    • Successfully mediated land use dispute of a case that had gone through both circuit and appellate court review., 2017


    Educational Background:

    • Lawrence University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1976

    Industry Groups

    • AAJ
    • ABA
    • State Bar Of Wisconsin
    • Voluntary Judges Association
    • WAJ
    • Wisconsin Association Of Justice


    • “Fine attorney with a brilliant legal mind.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Joseph M. Troy

    4100 Boardwalk Court
    Appleton, WI 54914

    Phone: 920-738-0900

    Fax: 920-738-5850

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