Sponsors

Become a Sponsor

The Wisconsin Defense Counsel (WDC) invites you to become a Sponsor for 2017. We have three types of Sponsorship available this year including Corporate Sponsor, Legal Sponsor and Conference Sponsor.

  • Download the Corporate Sponsor form here
  • Download the Legal Sponsor form here
  • Download the Conference Sponsor here
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.

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.

Brown & Jones Reporting is a National Certified Women-Owned company. As we celebrate 30 years in business, we remain steadfast in our Commitment to Excellence. We continue to hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of preserving the record. Brown & Jones Reporting partners with a network of nationally certified reporting firms who help us meet the deposition needs of our clients in any part of the country, as well as all of Wisconsin.

For over 35 years clients have trusted Crane Engineering to provide expert forensic engineering services for industrial applications, insurance subrogation and product liability litigation. With offices in Plymouth, Minn. and Madison, Wis., our divisions include forensic engineering, consulting engineering and laboratory services, fire science, building science, data forensics, motor vehicle testing and accident reconstruction. For more information on Crane Engineering please visit www.CraneEngineering.com.

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



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. Please contact Richard Kaczkowski at 847-965-7500 or at RKaczkowski@CTLGroup.com to learn more about CTLGroup’s litigation and forensic analysis expertise.

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.

Enjoy the benefits of a new mediation experience.

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.

Leaving time in the weekly schedule to guarantee availability even on short notice.

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
www.mathiemediation.com
Email: jmathie@mathiemediation.com


As a direct writer of professional liability insurance, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, (MLM) is committed to providing stable malpractice coverage and practice management services to the Wisconsin legal community. MLM’s Defense Program offers an enhanced lawyers’ professional liability policy specially designed and rated for defense firms including preferred pricing and individual premium discounts for members of the WDC.

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)

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.

One Law Group, S.C., formerly Stellpflug Law, S.C., is a full-service law firm offering a full range of legal services. Our attorneys are skilled and knowledgeable in personal injury, workers compensation, family law, estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, business, real estate, divorce, criminal, traffic, drunk driving, social security, collections, landlord, tenant, litigation and more. Our clients are confident they will be cared for and get great results. Attorneys and staff at One Law Group, S.C. share a deep commitment to our clients and the communities we serve.

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.

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

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.