Catherine W. Dowie is an insurance litigation attorney in Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer’s Wisconsin office. Catherine is licensed to practice law in the states of Massachusetts and Vermont. Her practice focuses on national insurance subrogation with an emphasis on ERISA and health insurance subrogation. Catherine has a vast amount of insurance industry experience, including her 6+ years of experience working with Phia Group.

Catherine has an undergraduate degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she excelled in debate and interned with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Treasury Department. A graduate of the Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Catherine graduated cum laude, with a concentration in Trial and Appellate Advocacy, and served as Comment Editor for Suffolk’s Journal of Health & Biomedical Law. In her time at Suffolk, she served as Judicial Intern for Judge Elspth B. Cypher with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and went on to represent clients as a student attorney in three separate clinics, including Suffolk’s Supreme Court Clinic.

Before, and during, law school, Catherine worked full-time for The Phia Group. She began as an assistant and worked her way up to be a paralegal and Manager of Legal Subrogation & Reimbursement Services before she became an attorney. Her work at the Phia Group focused on working with ERISA and healthcare subrogation claims, including litigation. Most recently, Catherine served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, U.S. Magistrate Judge.

Catherine was born and raised in New Jersey, where she played a lot of tennis. After failing to earn a starting slot on Smith College’s tennis team, she joined the debate society, which is how she met EJ, her husband. They have recently relocated to Wisconsin with their two Siberian cats, Bran and Arya. Catherine enjoys knitting, snowboarding, television shows, comic books, and other books.


Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, J.D., May 2018

  • Cum Laude, (top 13%)
  • Honors: Alexander Cella Book Award (Administrative Law); Jurisprudence Award (top grade), Civil Procedure; Dean’s Lsit (’14-’18); Best Oral Advocate; Law Achievement and Sorgi Scholarships (merit-based ’15-’18).
  • Journal: Chief Comment Editor, Journal of Health and Biomedical Law

Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts, American Government and Computer Science, May 2012

  • Debate: President, Debate Society; Various awards, including Slater Award for Excellence in Debate.
  • Seminar: Senior Computer Science Seminar, search engine architecture and research principles.
  • Internships: Westover Air Reserve Base, U.S. Airforce; Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Treasury Department.


Published Works

Catherine Dowie, Case Comment, Tyler v. Hillsdale Cty. Sheriffs Dep’t, 837 F.3d 678 (6th Cir. 2016), 13 J. HEALTH & BIOMEDICAL L. 275 (2018) (impact of mental health on constitutional rights).

Multiple pieces in The Self Insurer (Alternative Risk Transfer Journal) focusing on ERISA and subrogation.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Property and Liability Research Bureau (PLRB), Member
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM), Member

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