Christine D. Esser

Christine D. Esser

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Sheboygan, WI

Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
 | 1011 South 8th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081
Phone: 920-459-8000
Fax: 920-452-3080
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Christine Esser is a shareholder with the firm. She focuses her practice in the area of general personal injury law. Although many of her cases involve injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents, she has also handled numerous cases involving wrongful deaths, nursing home abuse and neglect injuries, animal attacks, sexual assaults, slip and falls, pharmacy errors, and injuries caused by contractors and building owners. Christine has successfully tried jury trials throughout the State of Wisconsin.

Since 2011, Christine has been named one of the Top 25 Women Attorneys by Wisconsin Super Lawyers.  She has also been named as one of the “Top 50 Attorneys in Wisconsin” since 2014.  Due to her significant trial experience and success, Christine has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2003. She also served on the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification Board of Examiners for three years. In 2017 Christine was given an ATHENA Leadership award for mentoring women and girls in Sheboygan County. She was also honored by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of its Women in the Law in 2016.

Christine is an active member in several legal associations and local community organizations. She is a member of Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association for Justice and a District Commissioner for a local chapter of the United States Pony Club. She has held committee positions for the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the Sheboygan County Bar Association.  She’s also been an active volunteer with Big Brother Big Sister in Sheboygan for many years. 

Christine served as the editor-in-chief of the Drake Law Review and graduated magna cum laude from Drake University Law School.  Prior to moving to Wisconsin and beginning her legal career she served as a law clerk for Justice Marsha Ternus on the Iowa Supreme Court. When not in the office or courtroom, Christine’s interests include riding horses, reading and gardening.

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

About Christine Esser

Admitted: 1995, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: http://www.habush.com/attorneys/christine-esser/

Honors/Awards:

  • In recognition of her professional attainment, distinguished service, commitment to the legal profession and the administration of justice to maintain and advance high standards of ethical conduct in both the legal profession and her community, Attorney Esser was elected as a Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation., Fellow, The Wisconsin Law Foundation, 2018
  • ATHENA Leadership Award Finalist--ATHENA International recognizes people who "have achieved the highest level of professional excellence; contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community; and actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential, 2017
  • Woman in the Law Award, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2016

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified, Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2005 to present, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification Board of Examiners, 2008-2011.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Secretary/Treasurer, Sheboygan County Bar Association, 2006-2007
  • Chair, Wisconsin Association for Justice Women's Caucus, 2016
  • American Association for Justice, 2005 to present
  • Sheboygan County Bar Association, 2004-present
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2000-present
  • Chairperson, Defense Research Institute’s Young Lawyers Publications Committee, 1998-1999
  • Contributing Editor, The Verdict, 2008
  • Defense Research Institute, 1995-1999
  • Sheboygan County Judicial Advisory Council, 2005-2018, 1900
  • Sheboygan County Bar Community Outreach and Education Committee, 2008-present
  • Milwaukee County Civil Courts Committee, 2002- 2005
  • Board of Bar Examiners Review Committee, 1996-2000
  • State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division Programs and Events Committee, 1995-1998
  • Women In Management, 2006-2015
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice Legislative Committee, 2008
  • Milwaukee County Bench/Bar Civil Committee, 2002-2005
  • Milwaukee County Bar Association, 2000-2007
  • Defense Research Institute’s Young Lawyers Publications Committee, 1996-1999

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Served on a panel of judges who selected the ATHENA winners for Sheboygan., 2018
  • Member, Sheboygan Team Blue Ribbon, Child Abuse Prevention Committee
  • District Commissioner, Lakefield Pony Club, 2013-2018
  • Board Member, Ozaukee County Horse and Pony Project, 2013-2017
  • Member of 100 Women Who Care, Ozaukee County Chapter, 2017-present
  • Lunch Buddy through Big Brother Big Sister of Sheboygan, 2012-2019
  • Volunteer Attorney, Sheboygan County Legal Aid, 2006-present
  • Board Member, Helping Hands Healing Hooves Equine Assisted Therapy, 2016-present
  • Ambassador,Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce
  • Secretary, Cedarburg's Foreign Language Advisory Group
  • Council Member, WaTeR Ministries, 2012-2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Author, “Gister Decision Invites Hospital Liens,” 35 The Verdict 27, 2012
  • Lecture on Finding Your Voice During Opening Statement., Lecture, Top Ten Tips for a Strong Opening Statement, WAJ Women's Caucus Retreat, 2018
  • Author, "Selecting and Handling Expert Witnesses in Litigation," 39 For the Defense 15, 1997
  • Author, "The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978: Violating Personal Rights for the Sake of the Tribe," 10 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, 1996
  • Lecture, "Defending Orthopedic Claims: Strategies from the Surgeon and the Attorney," DRI's National Young Lawyers Convention, 1997
  • Lecture, "Does Metadata Matter?" Wisconsin Association for Justice CLE Seminar, 2012
  • Lecture, “Auto Insurance: Current Jury Attitudes, Ethics Negotiations, and Handling Auto Cases,” Milwaukee Bar Association CLE Seminar, 2012
  • Lecture, "The Fundamentals of Proper Service," Wisconsin Association for Justice CLE Seminar, 2011
  • Lecture, "Auto Insurance:  Uninsured, Underinsured & Accident Litigation in Wisconsin," Lorman CLE Seminar, 2007
  • Lecture, "Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation in Wisconsin, Success Lies in the Details," Lorman CLE Seminar, 2002
  • Lecture, "Experts: Finding and Handling Yours; Investigating the Other Party's," Wisconsin State Bar Midwinter Convention, 1997
  • Lecture, "Ethical Dilemmas in Personal Injury Cases" Wiscosin Association for Justice CLE Seminar, 2010
  • Lecture, "Don't Drop the Ball, Get the Call," Wisconsin Assocation for Justice CLE Seminar, 2014
  • Author, “The Conservation Preserve Program and Its Effect on Farmers Filing Bankruptcy”, 43 Drake Law Review, 1994
  • Lecture, Using Audio and Visual Evidence To Strengthen Your Case, Ozaukee Bar Association, 2016
  • Author, "Authenticating Electronically Stored Information," 40:4 The Verdict 9, 2017

Educational Background:

  • Drake University Law School, with Honors, 1994
  • Millsaps College, magna cum laude, 1990
Office Location for Christine D. Esser

1011 South 8th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081

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Last Updated: 6/19/2019

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