Douglas W. Lehrer is an insurance trial lawyer and partner with the law firm of Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. Doug’s insurance defense practice spans the spectrum of insurance-related issues, including defending insureds and their insurers in response to claims of personal injury, property damage and wrongful death. Doug’s experience includes the handling of countless lawsuits arising out of automobile collisions, slip and falls, product liability claims, toxic tort claims and construction and work site accidents. Doug’s insurance defense practice includes numerous defense verdicts following trial. Doug has also had a long history of representing insurance companies on all types of insurance coverage disputes as well as defending insurers in response to claims of bad faith.
In addition to his insurance defense practice, Doug has extensive experience in litigating various insurance subrogation matters. Doug’s subrogation practice includes the pursuing of property damage claims, fire loss subrogation, health (including both ERISA and non-ERISA) subrogation and workers’ compensation subrogation in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. One of Doug’s national clients includes one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, for whom he is able to recover millions annually in contribution and additional insured claims. Doug has also lectured extensively before insurance company representatives as well as other professional organizations around the country on various insurance-related issues.
Doug was named a 2020 and 2021 Super Lawyer for Civil Litigation: Defense by the Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine, an award given only to the top 5% of lawyers in the State.
Czarnecki, Neil (Murphy, Kellie) v. Erie Insurance Exchange, et al., 3:13-cv-00698, No. 80 (W.D. Wis., Sept. 22, 2014) (Represented self-funded ERISA Plan and successfully argued before the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin 100% recovery of over $525,000).
Rico v. Midwest Security Ins. Co., 277 Wis.2d 873 (Ct. App. 2004). (This is an appeal following a jury trial that I handled where the jury found the plaintiff 80% negligent despite the fact that she was rear-ended by my client. The plaintiff argued on appeal that there was insufficient evidence to support a defense verdict. I successfully argued on appeal that there was sufficient evidence to support a defense verdict and the case was properly dismissed.).
Perra v. Menomonee Mut. Ins. Co., 2000 WI App 215, 239 Wis. 2d 26, 619 N.W.2d 123. (Successfully argued that employment classifications of child labor regulation establishing minimum age for hazardous employment were exclusive and exhaustive thus affirming dismissal of action).
Andrew William Schilling v. Employers Mutual Casualty Company (Appeal Number 1996AP002165), 212 Wis.2d 878 (Ct. App. 1997) (Successfully argued on behalf of Darlington High School and Darlington School District that a high school student was not a third-party beneficiary of an employment contract between the school district and one of its teachers. That decision overruled a Trial Court holding that the student could recovery up to the $1,000,000 policy limits on a breach of contract claim).
Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, 1993, J.D.
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1990
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.
U.S. Product Liability Law and Developments, November 24, 2017, seminar presented at 2017 USA Product Liability Insurance Conference in Taipei, Taiwan.
FEHBA Subrogation Update 2017, March 2, 2017, Live MWL webinar presented to the public.
Bad Faith Litigation, February 22, 2011, MWL webinar presented to the public.
Construction Defect Subrogation, September 16, 2010, MWL webinar presented to the public.
The Red-Haired Step-Children: Subrogating Fully-Insured ERISA and Non-ERISA Employee Welfare Benefit Plans, November 14, 2005, seminar presented at 2005 National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Conference in Austin, Texas.
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Washington County Bar Association, Member
- Waukesha County Bar Association, Member
- Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member
- Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin (CTCW), Member
- Claims Litigation Management (CLM), Member
- Hartford Area Development Corporation (HADC), Board Member