Ashton T. Kirsch is an insurance litigation attorney with the law firm of Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. Ashton’s practice areas include insurance litigation, subrogation, workers’ compensation, transportation and cargo, health insurance, and ERISA. Ashton obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin Law School, focusing on finance and corporate litigation. In 2018 and 2019, he was named a Wisconsin Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine, an award given only to the top 2.5% of lawyers in the State.

Prior to joining MWL, Ashton was a founding partner and legal counsel with an online lending/banking platform. He was also general counsel for a real estate development consulting group. Ashton is an experienced politician, winning a three-way primary as a candidate for Wisconsin’s 81st Assembly District in 2014, and is a former member of Governor Scott Walker’s legal team. He also served as a judicial intern to Justice Paul Higginbotham in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, IV District.

Ashton is known throughout the field for his knowledge of the legal and legislative issues influencing the State of Wisconsin. He has been asked to testify on numerous occasions before the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate on insurance-related legislative issues. Ashton brings precisely the sort of “real world” experience that makes an excellent litigator for the insurance industry.

In his personal life, Ashton enjoys spending time with his wife, Alexandra, his daughter, Laina, and his son, Charlie, taking them hiking, camping, fishing, and participating in many other outdoor activities.


University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin, J.D.

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, B.A.

  • Major: Political Science and History (South East Asia)
  • Honors: Tau Kappa Epsilon Presidential Award of Excellence

Published Works

Following the Money: Subrogating MCS-90 Payments Against an Uninsured Operator, Published in Claims Journal on July 19, 2016.

SUBROGATING MAGIC: Creating Something Out Of Nothing, Published in Claims Journal on October 11, 2016.

Speaking Engagements

Taking Some Downtime: Subrogating Loss-of-Use, Lost Profit Claims, and Downtime Claims – October 28, 2019, presented seminar at 2019 Annual National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Conference in Washington, D.C.

Subrogation From The Manufacturer’s Perspective – April 17, 2019 – Seminar presented to Security Captive in Dubuque, Iowa.

Investigation and Implementation of Workers’ Compensation Subrogation Claims – February 21, 2019 – Seminar presented to CSIL Risk Control Workshop in Scottsdale, AZ.

Creating Something Out of Nothing – Subrogating MCS-90 Endorsements, December 5, 2018, Webinar presented to Claims Litigation Management (CLM) membership.

Two Men and a Buck: Subrogating the Residential Home Moving Industry, November 13, 20018, Seminar presented at 2018 National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Top Ten Subrogation Mistakes Carriers Keep Making, November 9, 2018, Seminar presented at Claims Litigation Management (CLM) 2018 Southeast Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Subrogation Magic: Creating Something Out of Nothing – MSC-90 Claims Against Uninsured Operators, November 6, 2017, Seminar presented at 2017 Annual National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Conference in Austin, Texas.

Hit the Ground Running: Preparing Complex Product Liability Claims for Litigation From Day One, September 20, 2018, Webinar presented to National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)/Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) membership.

Introduction To Cargo Subrogation, March 14, 2017 – Webinar presented to National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP).

Best Claims Practices in Anticipation of Litigation, November 15, 2016, seminar presented to Wisconsin Fire Loss Association, in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), 2016-Present
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM), Member, 2015-Present
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM), Publication/Magazine Sub-Committee, Co-Chair - 2019-Present
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM), Webinar Sub-Committee, Co-Chair - 2020-Present
  • Property and Liability Research Bureau (PLRB), Member, 2015-Present
  • Inland Marine Underwriters Association (IMUA), Associate Member
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, Executive Committee
  • Milwaukee Bar Association

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