Timothy Scott Trecek

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Milwaukee, WI

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
 | 777 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 2300
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-271-0900
Fax: 414-271-6854
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • General Litigation (30%)
Attorney Profile

Tim Trecek is a shareholder and has been a member of the law firm since 1995. In 2017, he was elected by his partners as a corporate officer of the firm (Secretary). He is a managing partner of both the Milwaukee and West Bend offices. Tim specializes in all types of personal injury litigation. He has successfully litigated cases involving automobile defects (airbags, seatbelts, seats and structural integrity), construction accidents, misfilled prescriptions, car/motorcycle accidents, truck/semi accidents, slip/trip and falls, dog bites, injuries involving horses, brain injuries, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), machine defects (saws, chippers, cement mixer defects, deer stands, snow blowers), child car seats, personal watercraft, and specialized experience with serious burn injuries from events such as explosions and utility/electrical accidents. In 2020, he obtained the largest single plaintiff verdict in the history of the State of Wisconsin, when a Racine County jury awarded his client $38.16 million, for injury caused by a defectively designed driver’s seat in his 2013 Hyundai Elantra. (See News Story) 

Tim has worked on cases throughout the United States. Due to his significant trial experience, he has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and has been selected for exclusive membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was recognized in the January 25, 2006 issue of the Wisconsin Law Journal (see article) for holding three of the state’s top five settlements in 2005. In 2009, he obtained the third largest reported award in the State of Wisconsin ($6 million) for his client who was injured in an accident with a semi-trailer truck.

In February of 2011, Tim obtained a $16 million award on behalf of eight injured scaffold workers involved in a dust explosion at the WE Energies Oak Creek plant. This is the largest award in the State’s history involving injuries caused by an explosion of PRB (Powder River Basin) coal dust. It also makes Tim the only attorney in Wisconsin to have four multi-million-dollar recoveries against the State’s largest utility.

In 2011, the Wisconsin Association for Justice selected Tim as the annual recipient of the prestigious Robert L. Habush Wisconsin Trial Lawyer of the Year Award (read acceptance speech). Additionally, he was named as one of Wisconsin’s Leaders in the Law in 2008 by the Wisconsin Law Journal. In 2013 Tim was accepted as a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Attorneys, one of the youngest recipients of this venerable honor. In 2015, 2017 and 2019, he was honored to be listed as Lawyer of Year for Product Liability Litigation in Milwaukee by Best Lawyers in America. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2010. Tim was requested by the Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court to serve two terms on the District 2 Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation.

Since 2005, Tim has been teaching an Advanced Trial Practice course at Marquette University Law School. He has given speeches to other lawyers on a variety of legal topics. Using his experience in child car seat defect cases, he has given presentations to parents of pre-school children concerning the safe use of child car seats. He is also a Fellow in the International Society of Barristers and is a member of the invitation only Litigation Counsel of America. Additionally, Tim has been recognized on the Wisconsin Super Lawyers list each year since 2006, making the Wisconsin Top 10 list in 2014, 2018 & 2019. In 2016, 2018 & 2019, he was once again named to the Top 25 Milwaukee list and was also named on the Top 50 Wisconsin list. Recently, Tim was elected to the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee’s Board of Directors. The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee is one of the nation’s oldest, continuously operating, public interest law firms.

Although he was born, raised, and works in southeastern Wisconsin, Tim has earned a national reputation as a successful plaintiff’s trial lawyer. Tim’s successes have been so noteworthy that they have been chronicled in papers such as the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications.  Tim is also actively involved in his church and the community.

 
Practice Areas
  • 40%Personal Injury - Products
  • 30%Personal Injury - General
  • 30%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Wrongful Death

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

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About Timothy Trecek

Admitted: 1993, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: https://www.habush.com/attorneys/timothy-s-trecek/

Honors/Awards:

  • Best Lawyer of the Year 2015, 2017 and 2019 Plaintiff-Product Liability, Best Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers® in America
  • AVVO Rating - 10.0
  • 2006-2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Wisconsin Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers®
  • 2016 & 2018-2019 Top 10 Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Wisconsin Super Lawyers® Top 10 Attorneys, Super Lawyers®
  • 2011-2019 Top 25 Milwaukee Super Lawyers, Top 25 Milwaukee Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers®
  • 2010-2019 Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Wisconsin Super Lawyers® Top 50 Attorneys, Super Lawyers®
  • Named Fellow: International Society of Barristers, 2009
  • Leader In The Law, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2008
  • Featured in 2002 edition of Who's Who in America, 2003-2004 edition of America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers In America: Personal Injury Litigation and Product Liability Litigation, 2010
  • Recipient of the annual award given to an outstanding trial lawyer in Wisconsin, the Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2011
  • Fellow in the International Society of Barristers
  • Milwaukee, Lawyer of the Year: Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs , Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Life Member: Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum: Top Trial Lawyers In America, 2009
  • Best Lawyers® Milwaukee - Personal Injury Litigation:  Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation:  Plaintiffs 2010-2020, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers® in America
  • Admitted to the exclusive Elite Lawyers of America

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Licensed to practice in Wisconsin and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1993

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, The American Trial Lawyers Association (Top 100 Trial Lawyers)
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2016
  • Has been teaching an Advanced Trial Practice course at Marquette University Law School since 2005
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • The Wisconsin Association for Justice and the District Two Committee of the Office of Lawyer Regulation
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Legends Society Top Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice
  • Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers Association
  • Bench Bar Committee
  • American Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee – Board of Directors

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Guest Lecturer at Marquette University
  • Lectured at continuing legal education seminars given by the Wisconsin Association for Justice, The National Business Institute and Lorman

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $16 million awarded to 8 men injured while working inside a silo at a power plant when a fire and explosion occurred, 2011
  • Obtained the largest single plaintiff verdict in the history of the State of Wisconsin, When a Racine County jury awarded his client $38.16 million, for injury caused by a defectively designed driver's seat in his 2013 Hyundai Elantra., 2020
  • $6 million awarded to a woman hit head-on by semi tractor trailer which crossed the center line when its brakes locked up, 2009
  • $5 million awarded to a man who suffered life-threatening electrical shock and severe burns upon contact with a power line, 2006

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • In 2015, 2017 and 2019 - Honored to be listed as Lawyer of the Year for Product Libility Litigation in Milwaukee by Best Lawyers® in America
  • Recognized in the January 25, 2006 issue of the Wisconsin Law Journal for holding three of the state's top five settlements, 2005

Educational Background:

  • Marquette University, J.D.; received the American Jurisprudence Award for Advanced Trial Practice and was on the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement, 1993
  • Marquette University, B.S., 1990

Comments

  • “Tim works at it, solves it, and gets it done.”
  • “Best young trial lawyer in the state.”
  • “This man is the future of Habush and a tremendous trial lawyer.”

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

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Office Location for Timothy Scott Trecek

777 East Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 2300
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Phone: 414-271-0900

Fax: 414-271-6854

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Last Updated: 3/26/2020

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