Bradley W. Matthiesen is a trial lawyer, mediator, and founding partner of Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. (“MWL”). Brad has 42 years of legal experience and is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Arizona. He is also admitted to practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of the State of Wisconsin and the United States Supreme Court. Brad has litigated many construction defect, personal injury, insurance coverage, toxic tort, lemon-law, and Magnuson-Moss warranty cases for individuals and insurance companies throughout Wisconsin.
Brad obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975. In 1978, Brad obtained his law degree from the University of Puget-Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). Upon gradation from law school, Brad was engaged in the private practice of law for Levy & Levy, S.C. in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. In 1981, Brad became an Assistant District Attorney for Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, where he tried numerous misdemeanor and felony cases. In 1984, Brad became in-house counsel at Milwaukee Insurance Group, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he continued trying hundreds of civil cases both to the court and before juries. In 1994, Brad joined Mohr & Anderson, S.C., in Hartford, Wisconsin, as a partner, and, in 2001, Brad co-founded the law firm of Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. in Hartford, Wisconsin. Brad has tried numerous civil cases throughout the State of Wisconsin and has tried hundreds of cases to a jury and many more to the court in the form of bench trials. Over Brad’s 42 years of practicing law, he has been instrumental in helping to settle thousands of disputed claims and insurance litigation matters. Brad has also litigated many cases that were resolved through the mediation process.
Brad was named a 2020 Super Lawyer for Personal Injury General: Defense by the Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine, an award given only to the top 5% of lawyers in the State.
Brad is an AV-rated attorney and a member of the Wisconsin Association of Mediators (“WAM”) and Resolute Systems, Inc. Aside from his law practice, Brad also serves as a mediator throughout the State of Wisconsin. As a mediator, Brad’s extensive history in practicing insurance law makes him adept at breaking through the thorny issues of insurance litigation that lurk in the background, and so often prevent cases from settling. As a practicing attorney with decades of practical experience, he understands the challenges and is sensitive to the difficult issues attorneys face during settlement negotiations when they engage with opposing parties and, sometimes, even their own clients. Throughout his legal career, Brad has maintained the demeanor, character, interpersonal skills, and a mature legal judgment to effectively assist parties in resolving simple or complex disputes. Brad is available to mediate a wide range of civil matters including business disputes, professional liability, personal injury, subrogation, insurance coverage, construction, landlord/tenant, and bad faith disputes.
Cases Brad has served as Mediator:
- Milwaukee City Center, LLC, et al. v. Tub Doctors, Inc., et al., Milwaukee County Case No. 2015CV000007 (4 Parties; Defective Installation).
- Jacobson Farmers Supply, Inc. v. Jeff Fahney, Ozaukee County Case No. 2015CV000026 (2 Parties; Farm Supply).
- Kelsey Goodmanson, et al. v. John B. Stangler, et al., Waukesha County Case No. 2015CV000555 (2 Parties; MVA/BI).
- In the Estate of Arthur Oscar Lucht, Ozaukee County Case No. 2014PR000081 (2 Parties; Estate).
- NDN Farms, Inc., et al. v. Dale A Wille, et al., Dodge County Case No. 2014CV000284 (3 Parties; Farm Supply, Animals, Etc.,)
- In The Estate of Ronald Heidelbach, Ozaukee County Case No. 2013PR000007 (2 Parties; Estate).
When Brad isn’t practicing law or mediating, he enjoys spending time with his wife and six daughters. He is also an avid Milwaukee Brewer and Green Bay Packer fan.
Marjala v. Fox News Network LLC, No. 13-C-631, 2014 WL 1922788 (E.D. Wis. May 13, 2014) (remand order); 2013 WL 4017078 (E.D. Wis. Aug. 5, 2013) (sealed documents).
Wiedenbeck v. Cinergy Health, Inc., No. 12-CV-508-WMC, 2013 WL 5308206 (W.D. Wis. Sept. 20, 2013), leave to appeal denied (Nov. 27, 2013) (defense of purported class action alleging deceptive practices over purchase of comprehensive medical benefit plan).
Diocese of Superior v. Swan & Associates, Inc., 2010 WI App 100, ¶ 1, 327 Wis.2d 798, 788 N.W.2d 383 (upheld Georgia choice-of-law provision in a commercial insurance policy).
Young v. W. Bend Mut. Ins. Co., 2008 WI App 147, 314 Wis.2d 246, 758 N.W.2d 196 (UIM coverage case involving exclusions based upon ownership of motorcycle).
Hunter v. AES Consultants, Ltd., 2007 WI App 42, 300 Wis.2d 213, 730 N.W.2d 184 (procedural challenge to local rules based on conflict with statutory summary judgment procedures).
Mut. of Omaha Ins. Co. v. Besse Forest Products Grp. Co., No. 05-C-0079, 2006 WL 1544146 (E.D. Wis. May 26, 2006) (coordination of benefits dispute involving competing primary insurers).
Perra v. Menomonee Mut. Ins. Co., 2000 WI App 215, 239 Wis. 2d 26, 619 N.W.2d 123 (holding that employment classifications of child labor regulation establishing minimum age for hazardous employment were exclusive and exhaustive, affirming dismissal of action).
University of Puget Sound School of Law, Tacoma, Washington, J.D., 1978
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, B.A., 1975
- Honors: Evans Scholar
- Major: History
- Minor: Mathematics
Fundamentals of Insurance Coverage In All 50 States (Fourth Edition), National Treatise, Juris Publishing, Inc., New York, Annually Updated. ISBN: 978-1-57823-338-0, 2013.
Handling Injury Claims From The Defense Perspective, April 23, 2013, webinar presented to National Business Institute (NBI).
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Washington County Bar Association, Member
- Waukesha County Bar Association, Member
- Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member
- State Bar of Arizona, Member
- Wisconsin Association of Mediators (WAM), Member
- Resolute Systems, Inc., Mediator
- Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin (CTCW), Member
- Claims Litigation Management (CLM), Member
- Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member
- Wisconsin Bar Association, Sports Law and Litigation Sections, Member
- Milwaukee Brewers Gold Club, Member
- Administration for the Menomonee Falls Little League, Vice President