Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. (“MWL”) is pleased to announce that on June 1, 2020, Ashton Kirsch will be made a partner of the firm. Ashton has been with MWL since 2015, concentrating his practice on large loss casualty, commercial auto, and cargo subrogation cases. Ashton obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and South East Asian 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. Ashton has built and grown the MWL commercial auto and cargo/transportation group into a thriving sector of our firm’s subrogation practice. Prior to joining MWL, Ashton was a founding partner and legal counsel with Bankmybiz.com an online lending/banking platform. He was also general counsel for a real estate development group and served with the Governor’s legal counsel.
Ashton is an expert in the handling of complex interstate transportation claims. He knows the ins, outs, and in-betweens of the labyrinth of federal regulations that can impact a commercial auto or cargo loss. In fact, Ashton has been retained by other attorneys around the nation to serve as an expert and consult/train on both the MCS-90 Endorsement and Carmack Amendment. Through this unique knowledge base, Ashton has successfully litigated and recovered on countless claims where others could not. Ashton also boasts another, unique expertise—high-level negotiation tactics and skills which maximize the likelihood of high dollar recoveries. He travels the country providing seminars and training sessions to attorneys and adjusters on best negotiation tactics and litigation practices. With over 95% of claims settling prior to litigation and 99% of litigated cases settling prior to trial, negotiation skills are at the pinnacle of importance to a successful subrogation attorney. Ashton is currently writing a book on subrogation negotiations practices, which will be published within the next year.
Ashton is known throughout the field for his knowledge of legal and legislative issues. He has been invited to testify on numerous occasions before legislative bodies and administrative agencies on insurance-related issues. Specifically, Ashton has been asked to testify before legislative committees on tort reform legislation, collateral source rules, insurance mandatory minimum limits, insurance regulatory compliance, and other commercial auto related issues. Ashton brings precisely the sort of “real world” experience that makes an excellent litigator for the insurance industry.
If you have not yet asked Ashton how he can help on your most important claims, or just wish to congratulate him, please give him a call. MWL is very proud and privileged to have Ashton become partner in what our clients recognize as one of the premier insurance litigation law firms in the nation. Ashton can be reached at (800) 637-9176 or [email protected].