Jason Knutson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Madison, WI

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
 | 150 East Gilman Street, Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-255-6663
Fax: 608-255-0745
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2006, 2008 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Environmental Litigation (20%)
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Jason Knutson is a shareholder with the Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. law firm, which has 13 offices across Wisconsin. A highly versatile and top-rated trial lawyer, Mr. Knutson works out of the firm's Madison location, and he represents the rights and interests of clients throughout his area who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Plaintiff personal injury claims arising from defective products and other acts of negligence

· Medical malpractice

· Industrial accidents and environmental litigation

· Class actions and mass torts

· Defective products

A 1991 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Waller Scholarship recipient, Mr. Knutson obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2000. He also holds his certification as a Civil Trial Specialist from the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and he has successfully handled complex personal injury claims and class actions at every level of the state's judicial system, including the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Recognized for his exemplary professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Knutson has earned designation as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the country from The National Trial Lawyers. He has received consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America© for several years. Moreover, he has received Superb client ratings on Avvo and the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction award from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.

Mr. Knutson is a Fellow with the Wisconsin Law Foundation, and he has served on the Executive Committee of the James E. Doyle American Inn of Court. Mr. Knutson is an active member of the American Association for Justice, the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin. He also volunteers his time and legal services with the Dane County Bar Association, where he received Pro Bono Attorney Award in 2017 for his selfless work supporting the county's Latino community.

Drawing upon his extensive legal knowledge, Mr. Knutson serves on the adjunct legal faculty at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and he has published numerous articles and conducted many lectures and seminars on a wide range of legal topics.

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Practice Areas
  • 60%Personal Injury - General
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
  • 20%Environmental Litigation
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent


Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2006, 2008 - 2012

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Jason Knutson

Admitted: 2001, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: https://www.habush.com/attorneys/jason-knutson/


  • Since 2014, Jason has been named one of the “Top 50 attorneys in Wisconsin” and “Top 25 attorneys in Madison” by Super Lawyers®.  Due to his significant trial experience and success, Jason has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, including the most recent edition in 2020 for his work in personal injury litigation. He was named Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year 2020 – Madison – Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs. He also received the 2017 Dane County Bar Association Pro Bono Attorney Award for his work with the Latino Community in Dane County., Best Plaintiff Personal Injury - Madison, Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • 2006-2012 Wisconsin Rising Star
  • Fellow, Wisconsin Law Foundation
  • Due to his significant trial experience and success, Jason has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy., Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2013
  • 2014-2019 Top 25 Madison Super Lawyers
  • 2014-2019 Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2013-2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers
  • 2020 Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year - Madison - Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • Jason has achieved the highest possible rating of 10.0 by the Avvo rating service., Avvo
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • BV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist with the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Wisconsin Health Care Association
  • Member of, District Nine Investigative Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation
  • Member, Inns of Court, James E. Doyle Chapter
  • Member, Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • Member, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Long Range Planning Chair, Mediation Committee, Dane County Bar Association, 2003-2007
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Media Law Relations Committee, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2006-2007
  • Member, National Center for Victims of Crime
  • Member, Wisconsin Association for Justice, Membership Committee, 2003-2007
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Law Related Education Committee, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, Legal Writing Institute

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer mediator, Dane County Case Mediation Program
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Vice President
  • Woodland Montessori School: Past President Board of Directors
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art – Development Committee Member, 2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Commenter, “PI firm focuses on bike injury cases.” Wisconsin Law Journal. April 2010
  • Taught Pre-Trial Advocacy at University of Wisconsin Law School Fall semester 2019, Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School - Pre-Trial Advocacy, Legal, 2019
  • Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Commenter, “Suit is ok’d in stadium death.” Madison.com. June 2008
  • Speaker, “Ten Tips for Litigation Preparation”, MAPA Presentation
  • Commenter, “New law boosts penalties for those who scam elderly.” Wisconsin State Journal. May 2010
  • Commenter, “Attorneys voice concern over text message ban.” Wisconsin Law Journal. May 2010
  • Speaker, “How To Help Doctors Help You and Your Clients,” State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Webinar, May 2012
  • Co-Author, “Personal Injury: When Criminal and Civil Law Intersect,” Wisconsin Lawyer. Volume 91:1. January 2018
  • Speaker, "What Are Keys You Need to Know About Physical Therapists in Personal Injury Cases?" Wisconsin Defense Counsel Summer Conference, August 1, 2019
  • Speaker, "Deposing Experts", Litigation Training Program
  • Speaker, “Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy”, National Business Institute CLE Seminar, 2008
  • Author, "Preparing the Personal Injury Plaintiff for Mediation", Wisconsin Lawyer, Volume 80:8, 2007
  • Speaker, "Auto Insurance: Uninsured, Underinsured and Accident Litigation in Wisconsin", Lorman CLE Seminar, 2007
  • Speaker, "Preparing for Mediation and Arbitration", MAPA presentation, 2007
  • Speaker, "Loose Metadata Can Sink Ships", CLE presentation, 2006
  • Speaker, "Ethics Questions and Answers for the Litigator", CLE presentation, 2006
  • Speaker, "Skillfully Handling Motor Vehicle Accidents from Start to Finish", Lorman CLE Seminar, 2006
  • Author, "Risking Home Equity in the Stock Market", The Verdict, Volume 28:1, 2005
  • Speaker, "Preparing for Litigation", WATL Litigation Seminar, 2005
  • Speaker, "The Ethics of Representing Both Sides of the Insurer/Insured Fence", CLE presentation, 2004
  • Author, "Unsuitable Investment Claims 101", The Verdict, Volume 27.3, 2004
  • Speaker, "New Lawyer Challenges", WATL Young Lawyers Division, Courtroom to Classroom, 2004
  • Speaker, "Punitive Damages in Drunk Driving Cases", WATL Tort & Technique CLE Update, 2003
  • Speaker, “The ABCs of a Typical Auto Accident case and Automobile Insurance Basics.”, Reeseville Chamber of Commerce
  • Author, “7th Circuit Getting its Crack at Arbitration Agreements”, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2016
  • Author, “Fighting the Fine Print – Madison Lawyers Wage Epic Battle Over Whether Arbitration Agreements Violate Labor Laws”, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2016
  • Speaker, “Automatic Meal Break Deduction Policies in Hospitals: Federal and Wisconsin Law Issues”, Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute, 2014
  • Speaker, "Auto Insurance", State Bar of Wisconsin CLE Webinar
  • Author, "Walk in our Shoes: Why Docs Avoid Lawyers.", Wisconsin Lawyer Volume 85:2
  • Speaker, “Preparing a Case for Civil Trial”, University of Wisconsin Law School Lawyering Skills Course
  • Speaker, "Advanced Trial Practice", Litigation Training Program


  • With Attorney Michael Riley, won a Supreme Court decision invalidating an injury waiver form signed by a woman who later drowned in a health club's unattended swimming pool (Benjamin Atkins v. Swimwest Family Fitness Center)
  • Obtained $3.5 million judgement for a family injured in an automobile accident
  • Recovered lost retirement funds for an elderly couple whose financial planner placed their assets in high-risk corporate bonds
  • Won a court of appeals decision on behalf of a family injured by a drunk driver against the hosts of an underage drinking party (Nichols v. Progressive Northern Ins. Co.)
  • Obtained settlement in a products liability case on behalf of a child injured in a defective baby-jogger
  • With Attorney Michael Riley, won a court of appeals decision against the State of Wisconsin for failing to provide a safety railing on a platform from which the plaintiff fell and died as a result (Harold Umansky v. ABC Insurance Co.)
  • With Attorney Michael Riley, won a court of appeals case granting loss of value and loss of use damages to a plaintiff whose vehicle was damaged in an accident (Hellenbrand v. Hilliard)
  • With Attorney Guy DuBeau, successfully defended physicians in medical practice jury trials
  • Won a substantial verdict including punitive damages in a sexual assault bench trial

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Guest speaker, Moot Court judge, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Three Time Marathon Finisher
  • President of the board of directors, Woodland Montessori School, 2004-2008

Educational Background:

  • B.A. Philosophy, Waller Scholarship Winner, University of Minnesota, 1991


  • “Great lawyer”
  • “Jason is the best trial attorney that I know. He is a superb advocate for his clients and connects extremely well with juries. He is enormously well-respected in the legal community, and has a deep network of friends and contacts. While not in private practice, Jason teaches at the University of Wisconsin Law School.”
  • “Jason is a very skilled attorney.”

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

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Office Location for Jason Knutson

150 East Gilman Street
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608-255-6663

Fax: 608-255-0745

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Last Updated: 3/21/2020

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