Robert L. Habush has won a lot of big trials in his long career as one the country’s leading personal injury lawyers, and now you can read a summary of his greatest hits in a new biography, “Courtroom Avenger: The Challenges and Triumphs of Robert Habush.”

The book, $39.95 in hardcover, was just published as part of an American Bar Association series. It is written by local author and Milwaukee Magazine editor Kurt Chandler.

It’s a hagiographic authorized account of Habush’s life. Sections frequently begin with lines like, “Habush’s indomitable pursuit of excellence applies to he his every endeavor,” or “A courtroom cross-examination by Habush has caused many in the witness stand to break out in a nervous sweat.”

But in his career, Habush, 78, has rung up the kind of accomplishments that lets him talk the talk, because he has walked the walk many times. Yet he still sounds, at times, like the young lawyer with a chip on his shoulder and with something to prove for the entire plaintiffs’ bar facing criticism from big corporate interests.

Robert Habush reflects on fights that mattered

Robert Habush reflects on fights that mattered

Houston attorney Stacey Burke recently spoke with veteran trial lawyer and former American Association for Justice President (1986-87) Robert Habush after reviewing his biography, Courtroom Avenger. The book originally started out as a memoir for his grandchildren. “My daughter had made me promise that I would put something down about my early life and my cases, so the kids could get some kind of wisdom or inspiration,” Habush said. He also recalled his happiest time: being president of AAJ—then the Association of Trial Lawyers of America—when the tort ‘reform’ movement was at its peak. “I would have taken that job for life if they would have offered it to me. I felt like General Patton going in a tank across Germany. We got an organization together to fight these people in all 50 states and in Washington, D.C. It was perfect for me—it was making war, what I love to do best.” At 78, Habush is still practicing law in Milwaukee with Habush Habush & Rottier.