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The Wisconsin Defense Counsel (WDC) invites you to become a Sponsor for 2018. 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 24 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, and workers’ compensation.

With nearly $4 billion in assets and over $1.7 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 17 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 $2 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 the #2 large company to work for in America.

Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C. has been providing high quality, outcome-focused and cost-effective legal services to our clients throughout Wisconsin since 1851. We take great pride in the broad scope of clients we represent, from individuals and small business to large insurance companies and major health care organizations. Our experienced trial lawyers handle a wide variety of civil litigation in virtually all of Wisconsin's circuit courts, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, federal district courts, federal court of appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. We have been recognized as a leading firm for the defense of medical malpractice and general liability claims. We also have a strong history of service to businesses and individuals, in the areas of regulation, healthcare law, taxation, corporate law, business organization, finance, public utility, taxation, real estate, employment law, estate planning and family law.

The strength of the Bell, Moore & Richter approach to representation is our willingness to work with you from beginning to end to meet these goals so that the representation you receive is the kind that you want and deserve. You can trust that we will be here for you, providing sound advice and vigorous trial representation.
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.

Corneille Law Group, LLC is a small law firm focused on the defense of all types of civil litigation. Over the years, members of the firm have tried cases in the areas of medical negligence, personal injury, insurance coverage, bad faith, civil rights, construction, product liability and environment law. Although the vast majority of all civil cases continue to resolve without trial experience over the years. The firm maintains offices in Green Bay and Madison.

For decades, clients have counted on Crane Engineering to provide expert, multi-disciplined forensic engineering and consulting services for insurance claims, subrogation, manufacturing defects, product liability litigation and industrial applications.

Crivello Carlson, S.C. is a full-service litigation firm with attorneys who specialize in trial, appeal, mediation, and arbitration. We are resourceful, experienced and innovative in our approach, and our clients include publicly-traded and privately-held corporations, family-owned businesses, tax-exempt organizations and individuals.

CTLGroup offers litigation support for traditional dispute resolution, as well as assistance with alternate dispute resolution methods. We understand the legal profession’s special requirements and can clearly communicate the technical issues of a case – in consultation with counsel, in depositions and in court. CTLGroup service highlights include: expert witness testimony; mediation and arbitration support; failure analysis and resolution; code and specification compliance assessments; claim & schedule review; failure simulations and modeling; mock-ups and animations; field and laboratory analysis.

ESi is an engineering and scientific investigation and analysis firm committed to providing clear answers to the most challenging technical problems. For 30 years, ESi has leveraged its multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and professional technical staff to investigate many of the major accidents, incidents, and disasters experienced in our society. Our capable and experienced personnel, abundant resources, and state-of-the-art test facilities, labs, and equipment, allow us to effectively compete in the demanding and dynamic market that exists today. ESi has coast-to-coast office locations and over 150 technical personnel, including licensed Professional Engineers (P.E.) with advanced degrees (both M.S. and Ph.D.), litigation experience, and industry specific knowledge.

Our team of scientists, engineers, medical professionals and business consultants provides expertise in more than 90 disciplines to support technically challenging litigation cases.

Over the past 40 years, Exponent has been involved in more than 30,000 cases. We have provided science-based investigations for litigation involving product liability, environmental/toxic tort issues, construction disputes, intellectual property, and personal injury.

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Providing the flexibility and willingness to approach each mediation in the format most likely to produce the best result.

Scheduling one mediation per day, guaranteeing that time will never be an obstacle to fruitful settlement discussions.

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Jim Mathie brings his 30 years of litigation experience and varied mediation training together with a considerate and informed approach to his fulltime mediation practice from offices in downtown Milwaukee or traveling to mediate. If you haven’t already mediated with Jim, now is the time.

And when you’re preparing for mediation, be sure to read his On Mediation column in the Wisconsin Law Journal.

Mathie Mediation Services LLC
757 North Water Street, Suite 350
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Email: jmathie@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 $52 million to policyholders since our first dividend in 1988.

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.

The Wisconsin Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators (www.WisconsinMediators.org) is the local chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a professional association of attorneys distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil & commercial conflict resolution and by their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute resolution. 

With over 900 members across the United States, the NADN is the largest free roster of experienced ADR attorneys online. Membership is by invitation only and limited to neutrals who have proven experience in the resolution of commercial & civil disputes. All members have been recognized for their accomplishments through a peer-nomination and client review process. NADN is pleased to partner with the national DRI organization in creating the DRI Neutrals Database, a members-only resource for defense counsel (www.DRI.org/neutrals)

One Law Group, S.C., a full service law firm, offers assistance to individuals in need of legal advice and services. Located in De Pere, Appleton and Lakewood, serving Northeast Wisconsin, the surrounding region and beyond, we provide assistance with mediation, arbitration, traffic violations and DUI, felonies, misdemeanors, real estate transactions, collections, divorce, child custody and child support, personal injury, wills, trusts and estates, worker's compensation and more. We also provide legal guidance to small businesses and assist local government bodies in municipal law. Attorneys at One Law Group, S.C. go to great lengths to meet our client's needs and expectations to achieve their objectives. The Power of One.

Robson Forensic is a firm of experts witnesses that provide analysis, investigations, reports and testimony in both civil and criminal litigation, as well as insurance claims. We are NOT a referral service and have over 170 experts amongst our 16 offices around the country. We practice in the areas such as nursing, police practices and procedures, toxic tort, railroad, dram shop, transportation, warehouse, fire and explosion, construction, biomechanics, product liability, premise liability, human factors, accident reconstruction and construction injuries, to name a few.

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 nearly 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 consists of licensed/registered professionals who are court-qualified experts in their respective fields. S-E-A offers a complete investigative service including: mechanical, biomechanical, electrical, civil, and materials engineering, as well as fire investigation, industrial hygiene services, 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.

Founded in 1904, von Briesen & Roper, s.c. is today more than 190 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.

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, headquartered in West Bend, Wisconsin, provides property/casualty insurance products throughout the Midwest. The company offers a broad personal lines coverage package, a full range of commercial products and services, and insurance for specialty lines. West Bend employs more than 1,000 associates and is represented by approximately 1,200 independent insurance agencies throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, and Nebraska. The company has been rated A (Excellent) or better by A.M. Best since 1971 and is consistently ranked at the top of a nationwide ease-of-doing business survey.