Law firm president pleads guilty in domestic abuse case, says he has cancer

Rottier accused of hitting wife with cane
Law firm president pleads guilty in domestic abuse case, says he has cancer
Daniel Rottier

A Madison lawyer arrested on suspicion of hitting his wife with a cane during a domestic dispute has pleaded guilty and says he has terminal cancer.

A complaint states that Daniel Rottier, 62, of Maple Bluff, hit his wife on the back with his cane after she questioned him about being drunk.

He was arrested Feb. 7.

Rottier entered a guilty plea on Friday as part of a plea deal. He agreed to enter the first offenders program and his plea will be held pending his completion of the program.

He told the judge he’s battling terminal cancer.

“I think this incident came about largely because of an attempt to deal with stress and pressure and pain through the use of alcohol,” Rottier said. “Clearly that doesn’t work and it contributed to the circumstances here. It’s my hope and intent to work through this for my remaining days in a more appropriate manner.”

Rottier apologized to the court for the entire event.

Rottier’s wife said he was supposed to be taking their children to the movies, but he came home and had been drinking, according to the criminal complaint. She said he hit her when she confronted him.

Officials said Rottier’s preliminary blood alcohol content tested at 0.13 percent at the Dane County Jail.

He was charged with domestic abuse with a dangerous weapon.

Rottier is the president of Habush Habush and Rottier, a personal injury law firm with 13 offices in Wisconsin, according to its website.