Eric J. Goelz is an insurance litigation trial lawyer with 29 years of experience in complex insurance litigation, including large loss property, automobile, premises liability, products liability, construction defects, and workers’ compensation subrogation, as well as clergy liability, and civil rights. Eric has tried numerous cases to verdict for many insurers and their insureds. Eric has had the unique experience of participating in numerous jury trials in a time where it has become more and more difficult to actually get trial experience. He continues to actively try and litigate cases and has countless successful arbitrations and mediations to his credit. He has also presented several seminars on various topics related to personal injury law and defense.

Eric received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1986 and his J.D. from Marquette University, cum laude, in 1989. Prior to joining Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. in 2011, Eric was a shareholder at O’Neill, Schimmel, Quirk & Carroll, S.C.

In his free time, Eric’s personal interests are classic cars, home brewing, and model railroading.

Reported Decisions

Attorney Eric Goelz recently tried a worker’s comp third-party lawsuit in Dane County (Madison) Circuit Court. MWL’s client was the comp carrier for an employee injured in a slip and fall on ice in January 2013 at the Pilot Travel Center in Mauston, Wisconsin. The lien was $275,000. Attorney Goelz picked a jury and tried the case without help from the employee or employee’s counsel. The jury awarded $621,000 and found 100% liability against Pilot Travel Center.

Campenni v. Walrath, 180 Wis.2d 548, 513 N.W.2d 602 (1994), regarding post-trial motions on damage multipliers as a result of dog bite and statutory definition.

Representative Cases

Automobile: Successfully defended and tried numerous automobile accident cases through verdict.

Premises: Tried and defended several injury cases arising out of claims of owner or occupier negligence and maintenance of dangerous conditions.

Products LiabilityDefended liability suits involving the manufacturers of such products as water purifiers and odor control units.

Construction Defects Defended contractors in numerous cases involving claims of defective construction and leaking building envelopes as well as other defect issues.

Insurance CoverageLitigated numerous cases involving coverage disputes and claims of bad faith.

Education

Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1989, J.D.

  • Honors: Cum Laude

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1986, B.A.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB)
  • Liability Insurance Research Bureau (LIRB)
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM)

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