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Wisconsin Association for Justice

About the WAJ


  • Founded: 1946
  • Location: , Wisconsin

Mission and History

The Washington Association for Justice (WAJ) was established in 1946 as the Association of Claimants' Compensation Attorneys (NACCA). The state chapter was organized in 1957 as NACCA of Wisconsin and was led by the organization’s first president, N. Paley Phillips of Milwaukee.


In the early 1970s, the organization became the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers (WATL). Then, in late 2007, the organization became the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ), corresponding with the name change of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).


In its early years, the organization focused on establishing a network for trial lawyers to share information, strategies, and experiences to improve their effectiveness in representing clients. Over the decades, WAJ expanded its focus to becoming an advocate for consumer rights and public safety. The WAJ’s principal objectives include promoting a fair and effective justice system, and supporting the Wisconsin’s community of trial lawyers.




Past Presidents

Jay A Urban
Milwaukee, WI
Allan Michael Foeckler
Brookfield, WI

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Wisconsin Association for Justice

Overview of the Wisconsin Association for Justice

Benefits of Membership

WAJ members receive several benefits, including:


  • access to WAJ's Madison meeting room, Discussion Forums, and association listservers
  • reduced registration fees to WAJ’s quarterly seminars
  • access to the WAJ website, including a self-reporting verdicts & settlements database
  • access to The Verdict, a quarterly update on civil practice in Wisconsin containing legislative alerts, CLE information, updates on significant legislation and Wisconsin case law, and more
  • access to a network of WAJ colleagues
  • a free one-year subscription to TrialSmith, the nation’s largest on-line deposition bank for plaintiff lawyers

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