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The Wisconsin Defense Counsel (WDC) invites you to become a Sponsor for 2020. We have three types of Sponsorship available this year including Corporate Sponsor, Legal Sponsor and Conference Sponsor.

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Questions? Contact the WDC office at 414-276-1881 or info@wdc-online.org.


In business since 1925, Acuity protects the financial well-being of families, individuals, employees, and businesses throughout Wisconsin and in 26 other states across the country. We write a wide array of personal lines insurance coverages, including home and auto, and commercial products, including property, liability, auto, and workers’ compensation.

With over $4 billion in assets and more than $2 billion in policyholders’ surplus, Acuity has earned A+ (“Superior”) strength ratings from both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. Acuity has been named to the Ward’s 50 list of top-performing insurance companies for the last 19 years, putting the company in the top 2 percent of insurers nationwide.

Acuity believes in supporting local communities. Guided by the Acuity Charitable Foundation, we donated more than $1 million to worthy causes over the past year. We also believe in being a good employer, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because happy employees deliver the best customer service. Our commitment to our corporate culture is the reason we have received consistent recognition as a top employer, including being named to the Forbes list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers in 2018 as well as The Best Employers for Women and Diversity.


At American Family, we’re dedicated to inspiring, protecting and restoring our customers’ dreams. As the nation's 13th-largest property/casualty insurance group with 2800+ independent contractor agents, we are proud to serve our customers with American Family-brand products, including auto, homeowners, life, business and farm/ranch insurance across 19 states. American Family affiliates (The General and Homesite) also provide options for consumers who want to manage their insurance matters directly over the Internet or by phone.




Over the last century, Bassford Remele attorneys have earned a reputation for taking on the most difficult and complex liability cases. We have extensive trial experience in handling all aspects of general liability litigation, covering a wide range and variety of injury and wrongful death claims. We handle the most difficult and complicated cases that often cannot be reasonably resolved by settlement and proceed to trial. Insurance coverage disputes are common and complex. Bassford Remele has broad, national experience representing major insurers in all claims. Before a lawsuit even begins, we lend analysis and investigation assistance, counsel as to risks, and design creative settlements. Once litigation begins, we offer unparalleled trial experience. We have represented insurers in some of the Midwest’s largest insurance-coverage cases, frequently serving as liaison counsel in multi-defendant lawsuits.


Boardman & Clark LLP is one of the largest and oldest law firms based out of Madison, Wisconsin. The firm serves a wide variety of clients in nearly all areas of civil law, and features a deep and diverse litigation practice group that has successfully tried hundreds of cases on behalf of individuals, businesses, and insurance companies in federal and state courts throughout Wisconsin and nationwide.




Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen, S.C. maintains its core practice representing the insurance industry while also counseling railroads, private businesses, municipalities, and individuals. The firm offers a diverse insurance defense practice including worker’s compensation law, first party property and casualty law, assisted living litigation, product liability law, auto and homeowner law, complex coverage questions, bad faith, torts, personal injury, commercial law, employment relationships, environmental and toxic torts, medical and professional malpractice law, railroads, corporations, municipal law, and construction law. The firm also handles subrogation, statutory liens, mediations, and arbitrations.


Corneille Law Group, LLC is a law firm created for the purpose of litigating civil cases. While many firms boast of being “litigators”, they provide only vague reference to actual trial performance. At Corneille Law Group we stand ready to prepare and try your case, and believe our trial record and experience is a testament to our ability to efficiently prepare cases for successful resolution. In addition, effective trial skills and the willingness to enter the courtroom often result in better settlements for those clients who prefer to negotiate a pre-trial settlement.


Crivello Carlson, S.C. is a full-service litigation firm serving Wisconsin for over 70 years. Its attorneys specialize in trial, appeal, mediation, and arbitration.



For nearly a century, insurance defense has been the core business of Cross Jenks Mercer & Maffei LLP. Our defense team has a proven record of litigation success defending property and casualty claims, bad faith claims and coverage disputes. Let us show you the benefit that a century of insurance defense experience affords.


CTLGroup merges science with law when the discovery of cause is paramount. Our construction defect litigation clients are defendants at-risk and plaintiffs at-loss. We deliver scientific proof and engineering testimony in failure, construction accident, collapse and catastrophic disaster cases. The Oklahoma City Bombing and the World Trade Center Attack are among the disastrous events we’ve investigated. CTLGroup’s construction litigation support teams provide the same care and attention on less-publicized cases, effectively applying our technical expertise for the benefit of our clients.





ESi is an engineering investigation and analysis firm uniquely positioned to meet the varied and often specialized needs of our clients. Our consultants pair technical expertise with in-depth industry knowledge to ensure that we are responsive and relevant in the services we provide. With highly qualified personnel and state-of-the-art test facilities, labs, and equipment, ESi provides clients with access to our full range of engineering capabilities, and can assemble the right team for virtually any project.

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For more than 100 years, The Everson Law Firm has represented clients facing a wide variety of legal issues in northeast Wisconsin and beyond. We are proud to note that in 1923 one of our firm’s founders filed the Articles of Incorporation for the Green Bay Football Corporation. We are even prouder of our firm’s history of hiring Attorney Jane O’Melia in the early 1940’s. Attorney O’Melia was the first female attorney practicing in the 14th District at that time. When The Everson Law Firm elevated Attorney O’Melia to partner, she was the first female partner at a law firm in Brown County. Our firm's practice areas have grown over the years to include family law and criminal defense, but The Everson Law Firm’s earliest roots have been deeply implanted in insurance defense. Our experienced team of trial attorneys provides valuable legal expertise and guidance to individuals and organizations facing lawsuits as well as to the insurance professionals who assist their insureds throughout the claims process







Fusion Engineering, with 100 years of professional engineering experience, the scientists, engineers, and technicians at Fusion Engineering possess the expertise to assist clients with even the most technical of issues. Whether you need assistance with new product development, professional engineering consulting, a custom mechanical design, an intellectual property matter, post-incident investigation and reconstruction, or failure analysis, our diverse experiences and multi-disciplinary approach add clarity to complex technical issues. Fusion Engineering’s state-of-the-art equipment allows for precise documentation of critical measurements and dimensions. Our highly-credentialed experts have authored dozens of peer-reviewed publications and presentations, have been awarded multiple patents, and are members of several technical committees. Fusion Engineering - Making The Complex Simple.



Jim Mathie established Mathie Mediation Services in 2016. Since devoting his entire practice to mediation, hundreds of attorneys have retained his services to mediate their disputes. Jim’s four-office downtown Milwaukee suite provides ample space for any mediation. Jim also travels throughout Wisconsin – at no travel expense – to mediate cases. So, if it works best to have a mediation where you are, Jim will accommodate.

Before mediating fulltime Jim litigated cases for 30 years, primarily defending clients in personal injury, property damage, product liability, environmental, construction and transportation lawsuits. His varied background also includes stints as a plaintiff personal injury attorney and in-house counsel for a major insurer. He is a past president of WDC.

Mathie Mediation Services LLC
757 North Water Street, Suite 350
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 585-0650
jmathie@mathiemediation.com
www.mathiemediation.com





Founded by lawyers and for lawyers in 1982, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (MLM) has provided risk management services for the legal community, including lawyers’ professional liability insurance, for 35 years. MLM strives to be an efficient, accountable and permanent practice management resource, exemplified by an AM Best rating of A- (excellent), and a consistent dividend return for the past 29 years. MLM has returned over $60 million to policyholders since our first dividend in 1988.

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Nash, Spindler, Grimstad & McCracken, LLP was originally established in 1872 and has been providing insurance defense services to industry clients for over 40 years. With its main office in Manitowoc, and satellite offices in Waukesha and Northern Wisconsin, Nash, Spindler, Grimstad & McCracken is able to assist clients in all legal matters throughout the State of Wisconsin. The firm has built a reputation of providing effective and quality representation to its insurance clients. Whether it is personal injury, product liability, commercial litigation, insurance coverage, or any other insurance related issue Nash, Spindler, Grimstad & McCracken has the experience and attorneys to get results when it matters most.










Established in 1881, Otjen Law Firm, S.C. has been involved in the defense of healthcare providers in Wisconsin for decades. In addition to representing physicians, hospitals, and the Wisconsin Patients Compensation Fund in the defense of medical negligence claims, we have experience in virtually all types of medical negligence claims that can be brought against healthcare providers in Wisconsin.

Our general liability defense practice encompasses the areas of auto liability, premises liability, products liability, trucking claims, fire loss, environmental liability, toxic torts, and defense of non-medical professional claims.

As evidenced by Otjen’s receipt of a Tier 1 ranking in both medical malpractice defense and personal injury litigation defense in the 2019 edition of Best Law Firms published by U.S. News & World Report, we have the expertise, ability and reputation necessary to consistently obtain quality results for our clients in high-stakes litigation.


Rural Mutual Insurance values what’s important in life. That’s why we have been protecting families, businesses and farms exclusively in Wisconsin for over 82 years. And since Rural Mutual Insurance does business in only one state, premiums paid here, stay here to keep Wisconsin strong.




A powerful resource in litigation for 50 years, S-E-A is a multi-disciplined forensic engineering, fire investigation, and visualization services company specializing in failure analysis. S-E-A’s full-time staff offers a complete investigative service, including mechanical, biomechanical, electrical, civil, and materials engineering, as well as fire investigation, industrial hygiene services, toxicology, visualization services, and a fully equipped chemical laboratory. These disciplines interact to provide thorough and independent analysis that will support any subsequent litigation. Should animations, graphics, or medical illustrations be needed, S-E-A’s visualization team can work closely with field staff to clearly depict what really happened.






Simpson & Deardorff, S.C. is one of the most highly respected civil litigation firms in Wisconsin’s legal community, frequently at the forefront of shaping legal issues that govern the litigation business. Our attorneys have been recognized repeatedly for their leadership, vision, and legal expertise. Specialties include insurance defense, coverage analysis, automobile liability, uninsured/underinsured motorist, premises liability, safe place litigation, worker’s compensation, product liability, toxic tort, bad faith litigation, construction litigation, subrogation, propane litigation, and general litigation. With offices in Milwaukee and Green Bay, S&D provides client-focused representation statewide and takes pride in exceeding client expectations.

Skogen Engineering Group, Inc. are experts in the area of accident reconstruction, including product liability and structural matters.




Steigerwaldt is a full-service resource solution company established in 1957. We offer clients a wide range of appraisal, real estate, right-of-way, environmental, forestry, and land survey services. From vast tracts of forestland to small commercial lots, and even individual trees, our appraisers are experts in all aspects of property valuation.

We specialize in applying accepted appraisal practices to a wide range of real estate, commercial timber, tree, and landscape damage scenarios. We provide supportable valuations and the expert witness services necessary to see the appraisal through litigation.

With decades of appraisal experience, we efficiently manage the most complex assignments with the latest market research and detailed geographic and data analytics.

As a leading consulting firm, Steigerwaldt Land Services is on the cutting edge of sustainable practices and emerging technologies that offer the greatest benefit to our clients, landowners, and the natural environment. We take pride in advising and partnering with our clients to deliver unmatched services and results. Your confidence lands here.






Founded in 1904, von Briesen & Roper, s.c. is today more than 180 lawyers strong with offices throughout Wisconsin. Its Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group prides itself on delivering results for their clients, whether it involves formal litigation, administrative hearings, alternative dispute resolution, or creative dispute resolution techniques outside of the formal litigation context. They have successfully represented businesses of all sizes and individuals in pre-trial and trial proceedings in state and federal courts across the country, and at all levels of appeals. von Briesen’s Litigation and Risk Management attorneys have the trial experience, business sensibilities and strategic vision to give clients the advantage they need to come out on top.




The attorneys at Weiss Law Office, S.C., offer their clients more than 60 years of successful combined experience in serving the needs of Wisconsin’s insurance industry. We concentrate our practice on the complete representation of the insurance industry, from drafting policies, to advising on claims handling, to defending claims and lawsuits, to seeking subrogation. Our representation spans almost every part of the business of insurance companies. We represent our clients in a variety of cases, including: Insurance coverage, Insurance defense, Insurance subrogation, and civil litigation & appeals.




Created by Wisconsin lawyers in 1986 to protect the financial security of lawyers like themselves and the clients they serve, Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company (WILMIC) continues to demonstrate a leading commitment to Wisconsin's legal community. Thousands of attorneys and their firms across the state rely on WIMLIC for quality professional liability insurance coverage, superior claims administration, risk management and customer service. Discounted and part-time rates available. Contact Tom Watson at 608-824-1700 or at tom.watson@wilmic.com for more information.





WMI has written personal lines insurance in Wisconsin, and recently Minnesota, through independent agents for over 115 years. Throughout this time we have focused on customer service and the "human touch" that gives our policyholders confidence in the insurance process and our commitment to a long‐term partnership. All calls are answered by a live person who then directs them to the WMI specialist who can best service their needs. However, we also appreciate the convenience that technology offers and provide a variety of online tools as well.

Recently we have focused on how we can evolve and grow with the changing needs of our policyholders, and that has led to additional coverage enhancements and endorsement options. Our personal lines products include auto, home, umbrella and farm.

In addition, Wisconsin Mutual is proud to support the small to medium size farms that are so critical to Wisconsin and Minnesota. We continue to grow in this market segment and pride ourselves on the local expertise we can offer farmers in the communities we serve.

We currently concentrate our commercial books of business on small to medium sized residential accounts and small artisan contractors.