Aaron D. Plamann is an experienced litigation trial lawyer and a mechanical engineer with design experience. This unique combination of talents assists our firm in tackling the growing number of product liability subrogation cases entrusted to us by our clients. Aaron was formerly with Stewart & Hafferman as in-house trial counsel for Zurich North America, as well as Turner & Flessas, S.C., where he oversaw millions in recoveries for his clients and developed an expertise in dealing with the intricacies of Medicare settlements. Aaron obtained his J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 2005 after having received his Mechanical Engineering degree at Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2001, where he still serves on their Institutional Review Board in reviewing research to protect human subjects. He is admitted to practice before all Wisconsin State Courts as well as the United States Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Aaron’s litigation experience, along with his mechanical engineering skills, is a valuable resource for MWL as we assist our clients with product liability, technical subrogation, and insurance litigation matters.

Aaron has presented numerous seminars at national insurance conferences on insurance litigation-related topics, as well as seminars and webinars to our clients located across the U.S.  Webinar topics include Product Liability From A Litigating Engineer’s Prospective and Defending Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Claims, just to name a few.

In his free time, Aaron enjoys cooking, traveling with his wife Leslie, listening to live music, and participating in athletic activities. Aaron is an avid golfer and enjoys riding his road bicycle.

Representative Cases

Product Liability:

  • Successfully prosecuted numerous property damage files involving failed plumbing parts, including braided supply line failures, fractured plastic coupling nuts, failed plastic and brass angle stop valves, and other plastic and metal plumbing parts, securing reimbursement of paid damage claims.
  • Investigated property damage to determine cause and origin of the loss, including gas explosions and fire damage, placing necessary parties on notice of inspection, securing appropriate experts to assist with the investigation, and managing the initial inspection of the property.

Workers’ Compensation Subrogation:

  • Successfully secured almost a half million dollars in future credit from an automobile injury that left the claimant a double amputee; thereby minimizing payments by the worker’s compensation carrier.
  • Prosecuted multiple cases involving worker injury involving industrial machines and loss of limbs, securing reimbursement for worker’s compensation liens from responsible manufacturers.

Education

Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2005, J.D.

  • Honors: Dean’s List
  • Honors: Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Patent Law Moot Court Competition, Participant: 2004; Coach: 2005; Alumni Advisor: 2009-1010

Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2001, B.A.

  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Honors: Second Place Finalist, Johnson Worldwide Associates, Inc., Eureka! Design Competition, 1998
  • Honors: Passed the Wisconsin Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

Published Works

Design of an Exerciser/Jumper for a Disabled Child, Presented at and published in connection with 15th National Conference on Undergraduate Research, 2001.

Keeping Subrogation Out Of The Dumpster – This article explains why the first few days after a loss are critical. It is the first and often only chance anyone may have to identify, retain, document, investigate, and record valuable information on which a future subrogation lawsuit will depend. Claims Journal, January 28, 2014.

Speaking Engagements

Product Liability Subrogation’s 10 Most Wanted List: Most Common Obstacles To Small Subrogation Files And How To Avoid Them, October 24, 2016, seminar presented at 2016 National Association of Subrogation Professionals Annual Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Failures of Plastic Plumbing Products, April 19, 2016 and April 20, 2016, seminar presented at PLRB Claims Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Commercial Structural Fire Involving Suppression Systems & Identifying Subrogation, February 4, 2016, seminar presented at Claims Litigation Management (CLM) Southeast Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Failure of Plastic Plumbing Products or Failure of Plastic Plumbing Products: Identification, Investigation, and Subrogation, February 11, 2015, webinar presented to Claims Litigation Management (CLM) membership.

Subrogating Product Liability Claims From A Litigating Engineer’s Perspective, March 6, 2014, MWL webinar presented to the public.

Defending Wisconsin Workers’ Comp Claims, October 17, 2012, MWL webinar presented to the public.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB), Member
  • Liability Insurance Research Bureau (LIRB), Member
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Institutional Review Board, Board Member, 2001-Present
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM), Member
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), Member

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