Jason Knutson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Madison, WI

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
150 East Gilman Street, Suite 2000
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-255-6663
Fax: 608-255-0745
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2006, 2008 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%), Environmental Litigation (20%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%)
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Attorney Profile

Jason Knutson is a shareholder with the firm. His practice features complex litigation, such as major environmental and industrial accidents, and class action claims. He also handles cases of medical malpractice, products liability, and personal injury. Jason has had personal injury cases at every level of Wisconsin’s justice system from jury trials in county circuit courts to arguing before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Additionally, Jason is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School where he has taught courses in trial advocacy, negotiation, legal writing, and lawyering skills.

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 2021 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.

Jason is an active member in several legal associations and local community organizations, including the James E. Doyle Inns of Court, and Board of Trustees of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.  He is a past president of Woodland Montessori School, and a frequent youth sports coach in the Madison area. He has held committee positions for the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the Dane County Bar Association.

Jason graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  When not in the office or courtroom, his interests include art history, movies and aviation.

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

Selections

9 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2006, 2008 - 2012

Certificates and Credentials

About Jason Knutson

Admitted: 2001, Wisconsin

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

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

Special Licenses/Certifications

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

Verdicts/Settlements

  • 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

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

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

Educational Background

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

Honors/Awards

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Madison) , Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2021
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Madison) , Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2019
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Madison) , Best Lawyers in America, 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, Best Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers® in America, 2020
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Madison) , Best Lawyers in America, 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 (Madison) , Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2017
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Madison) , Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2015
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs (Madison) , Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America, 2018

Comments

  • “ 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
Suite 2000
Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608-255-6663

Fax: 608-255-0745

Last Updated: 6/11/2021

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