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 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Christine D. Esser is a shareholder with the Wisconsin law firm of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. where she serves as the firm’s managing partner in Sheboygan. Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and possessing more than 25 years of legal experience, Mrs. Esser devotes her practice to personal injury and wrongful death claims across the state.

    Over the course of her career, she has successfully litigated and settled hundreds of complex injury cases by advocating on behalf of those who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone else's negligence.  Mrs. Esser has achieved considerable success helping to recover the full amount of compensation her clients deserve, and she has been recognized for her success with numerous awards and honors from her peers along with many positive reviews and referrals from satisfied clients.

     In honor of her accomplishments, The National Trial Lawyers named Mrs. Esser one of the “top 100 trial lawyers” and in 2016 the Wisconsin Law Journal recognized her and other outstanding Wisconsin women lawyers. Both the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Wisconsin Law Foundation selected her for membership in their exclusive, invitation only, organizations.

    Active in her legal community, Mrs. Esser is a member of the Sheboygan County Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. She is also committed to her local community and is involved in 100+ Women Who Care Ozaukee County Chapter and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In addition, she sits on the board of Helping Hands Healing Hooves and is a district commissioner of the Lakefield Pony Club.

    Mrs. Esser graduated magna cum laude from Millsaps College with a bachelor’s degree. She earned her law degree from Drake University Law School, also graduating magna cum laude. She obtained her license to practice law in 1995, which qualified her to appear before all Wisconsin state courts. In addition to managing her caseload, she authors articles and lectures on a variety of legal topics.

    Practice Areas
    • 90%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Professional Liability: Plaintiff


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007, 2011 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

    National Board of Trial Advocacy

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    About Christine Esser

    Admitted: 1995, Wisconsin

    Professional Webpage:


    • Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2014-2019
    •  The American Board of Trial Advocates selected her for membership in its exclusive, invitation only, organization., Selected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, 2019
    • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2011-2019
    • Top 25 Women Super Lawyers, 2011-2019
    • 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
    • Avvo 10.0 Rating
    • 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:

    • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2019
    • Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association for Justice
    • State Bar of Wisconsin
    • 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
    • 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-Present
    • 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" Wisconsin Association for Justice CLE Seminar, 2010
    • Lecture, "Don't Drop the Ball, Get the Call," Wisconsin Association 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:

    • Millsaps College, magna cum laude, 1990


    • “Fabulous trial attorney.”

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

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    1011 South 8th Street
    Sheboygan, WI 53081

    Phone: 920-459-8000

    Fax: 920-452-3080

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