Ashton T. Kirsch






Ashton T. Kirsch







Ashton T. Kirsch is an insurance litigation attorney and shareholder with the law firm of Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. Ashton has been with MWL’s Hartford office since 2015, concentrating his practice on litigation of subrogation cases involving large loss casualty, commercial auto, transportation and cargo, and workers’ compensation. He has built and grown the MWL commercial auto and cargo/transportation group into the thriving sector of our firm’s subrogation practice.

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, he 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. He 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. Ashton is currently writing a book on subrogation negotiations practices, which will be published within the next year.

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, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, he was named a Wisconsin Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, an award given only to the top 2.5% of lawyers in the State. In December 2022, Claims Litigation Management (CLM) recognized Ashton as one of their Phenoms Under 40, an award for selected individuals under the age of 39 who are making a significant impact at their companies or firms, or on the claims industry as a whole. Claims Litigation Management (CLM) has also designated Ashton as a Certified Claims Professional (CCP).

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 legal and legislative issues. He has been invited to testify on numerous occasions before legislative bodies and administrative agencies on insurance-related issues. Specifically, he has been asked to testify before legislative committee 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.

Fun Fact

Ashton is the host of The Subrogation Support Network Podcast. From the world’s finest subrogation resource center, this podcast aims to provide subrogation professionals with effective strategies and insightful tips. On this platform, Ashton has the opportunity to interview various lawyers and experts discussing the latest legal updates, news and trends.


Claims Litigation Management


  • 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

Bar Admissions

Wisconsin, 2014

  • United States District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin


  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), 2016-Present
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), Legislative Affairs Committee
  • 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
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM), Product Liability Committee, Lead Chair
  • Inland and Marine Underwriters Association (IMUA), Associate Member
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, Executive Committee
  • Milwaukee Bar Association

Published Articles

Speaking Engagements

  • MCS-90 Endorsement: Purpose, Application, and Avoiding Strategic Missteps When Coverage Defenses Are Present – February 23, 2024 – Webinar presented to Strafford Pub with Rick Boepple, David Singleton, Frank Botta.
  • Nuclear Negotiations Made Simple for Subrogation Cases – September 13, 2023, Session presented at RIMS 2023 Canada Conference in Ottawa, Canada.
  • CLM Claims College, School of Property Claims Faculty – August 16, 2023 – Session presented in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Which Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can Be Paid? – July 11, 2023 – Webinar presented to National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) membership.
  • Cargo Subrogation 101 – June 6, 2023 – Webinar presented to Claims Litigation Management (CLM) with co-presenter Valorie Steinbeck with Crawford & Company.
  • Set Up for Success: Investigation and Implementation of Subrogation Claims – May 19, 2023 – Seminar presented at CLM 2023 Work Comp, Casualty & Risk Management Conference, Chicago, Illinois. Co-presented with Griffin Gross and Patti Rutzinski (SECURA Insurance Company).
  • Nuclear Negotiations Made Simple For Subrogation Cases – May 3, 2023 – Seminar presented at RIMS RISKWORLD 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. Co-presented with Joey Daryanani with CSAA.
  • On the Road with Autonomous Vehicles – March 31, 2023 – Seminar presented at Claims Litigation Management (CLM) Conference in Tampa, Florida. Co-presented with Joey Daryanani w/CSAA.
  • Kia/Hyundai Thefts: A Primer, Plan Forward, and Call to Action – March 14, 2023 – Webinar co-presented with Richard Schuster.
  • Emerging Trends In Auto Subrogation: Subrogating Autonomous Vehicles – November 8, 2022 – Seminar presented at 2022 National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Conference in Marco Island, Florida.
  • Nuclear Negotiations Made Super Simple For Subrogation Cases – November 3, 2022 – Seminar presented at Claims Litigation Management (CLM) Focus in Washington, D.C.
  • Gravity’s Rainbow vs. Truffle Pigs: The Inevitability of Earnest Subrogation Investigation– September 15, 2022 – Webinar presented to The Institutes Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) society.
  • School of Property: Property Evaluation – September 8, 2022 – Member of the faculty – Course presented at Claims Litigation Management (CLM) Claims College, Baltimore, MD. Co-presented with Stuart Mintz (Custard Insurance).
  • Navigating Cargo Subrogation Claims – March 24, 2022 – Seminar presented at the Claims Litigation Management (CLM) Annual Conference in Palm Desert, California.
  • Subrogation Negotiations and Investigation – February 15, 2022 – Webinar presented to National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP).
  • Cyber Subrogation and Technological Trends Impacting Recovery – November 9, 2021 – Webinar presented at the 2021 NASP Annual Conference.
  • How to Optimize Your Mediation Outcome BEFORE The Mediation – Town Hall Discussion – October 28, 2021 – Webinar co-presented to Claims Litigation Management (CLM).
  • Nuclear Negotiations: Tips and Tricks to Maximize Subrogation Recoveries or Limit Liability Exposure in Insurance Claims – September 16, 2021 – Webinar presented to American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA).
  • School of Property – Property Evaluation Level 1 – September 9, 2021, Co-presented a course to Claims Litigation Management (CLM).
  • Subrogating National Disasters: The surfside Condo Collapse and Acts of God – August 5, 2021 – Webinar presented to The Institutes CPCU Society.
  • Considering Total Loss Valuations, Diminution in Value, Salvage and Other Topics on Claims Where Subrogation is Implicated – July 13, 2021 – Webinar presented to American Property & Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA).
  • Nuclear Negotiations – Using Psychology and Advance Techniques to Maximize Recoveries – April 20, 2021 – Webinar presented to the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP).
  • Hack Attack: Subrogating Data Breaches, Cyber Attacks, and Other Tech Losses – February 10, 2021 – MWL webinar presented to the public (523 Attendees).
  • Subrogation and Nuclear Negotiations – January 21, 2021 – Webinar presented to the Claims Litigation Management (CLM).
  • Collecting from the Uncollectible: Using the MCS-90 Endorsement and Other Federal/State Financial Responsibility Rules to Facilitate a Subrogation Recovery When Coverage Has Been Denied – November 16, 2020 – Webinar presented at 2020 National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Annual Conference.

  • Nuclear Negotiations: Strategies to Maximize Recoveries by Thinking and Negotiating Like A Plaintiff’s Attorney – August 11, 2020 – Webinar presented to National Association of Professionals (NASP) on August 11, 2020.

  • Hacked! Preparing the Subrogation Industry for Cyber-Related Losses – August 5, 2020 – Webinar presented to Claims Litigation Management (CLM).

  • Taking Some Downtime: Subrogating Loss-of-Use, Lost Profit Claims, and Downtime Claims – October 28, 2019 – Seminar presented 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) and 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.

Areas of Practice

  Admiralty, Maritime, and Jones Act
  Arbitration (Arb Forums, Auto, Property, Special, No-Fault, NY PIP)
  Arbitration Award Enforcement
  Automobile Collision, Med Pay and PIP
  Aviation Crashes
  Complex and Large Loss Property
  Construction Defect and Warranty Claims
  Defense Base Act and War Hazard Compensation
  ERISA Benefits Litigation
  ERISA, Medicare Advantage, and Health Insurance Subrogation
  Explosion Cases
  Federal Tort Claims Act
  Fidelity and Surety Bonds
  Fire & Casualty Large Loss Property Subrogation
  Fleet and Dealership Losses
  Garagekeepers, Garage Coverage, Loaner Vehicle, and Test Driver
  Health Insurance Lien Filings in Workers’ Compensation Claims
  Hospital and Healthcare Provider Lien Filing
  Inland and Ocean Marine
  Insurance Contribution and Equitable Indemnity
  Lloyds, Syndicates, and London Market
  Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation
  Mass Tort Multi-District Litigation and Class Action
  Medical Malpractice
  Natural Disaster, Flood, and Wildfire Subrogation
  No-Fault Priority of Payment
  Occupational Accident Plans
  Premises Liability
  Product Liability and Product Recall
  SR-22 Claims
  State, County, and Municipal Government Liability
  Structural Collapses and Failures
  Toxic Tort & Environmental Disaster Cleanup
  Trucking and Downtime Claims
  Uninsured Motorist / Underinsured Motorist
  Workers’ Compensation Subrogation

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