Madison law firm president arrested on domestic abuse charges

62-year-old allegedly hit wife with cane, police say
Madison law firm president arrested on domestic abuse charges
Daniel Rottier

A Madison lawyer was arrested Feb. 7 after hitting his wife with a cane during a domestic dispute, according to a criminal complaint.

The 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.

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 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 faces misdemeanor charges for domestic abuse with a dangerous weapon. If convicted he could be sentenced to nine months in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

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

A campaign spokesman for Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke said she is giving a $4,500 campaign contribution from Rottier to the domestic abuse prevention group DAIS.

Rottier is due in court Friday for a plea deal on a domestic abuse charge.