Matthew T. Fricker is a senior litigating attorney in our Hartford, Wisconsin office. Matt has three decades of experience representing insurance carriers in claims involving personal injury, products liability, MVAs, premises liability, medical malpractice, property damage, construction defects, workers’ compensation defense, insurance coverage, and subrogation. Matt has tried numerous cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts in Wisconsin and has argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Matt received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1991. Prior to joining MWL, Matt was a shareholder at Crivello Carlson, S.C., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin defending insurers in catastrophic and moderate loss injury cases and toxic tort actions, as well as professional liability claims and coverage disputes. Prior to that, Matt served as senior trial attorney with Allstate, defending Allstate’s insureds in personal injury actions. In 2018, while with Allstate, Matt tried 11 cases to jury verdict, the highest number of civil jury trials of any Wisconsin attorney that year. In 2019, he tried three cases to jury verdict and obtained verdicts in 11 of the 14 trials that were lower than the plaintiffs’ final pretrial demands. Matt has also served as Senior Litigation Counsel for CNA Insurance Companies where he defended cases arising from general negligence, construction site negligence, premises liability, MVAs, and defective products. He worked directly with claims professionals to evaluate cases upon filing and to develop defense strategies. He also served as Staff Attorney for Zurich North American Insurance Company, where he defended workers’ compensation claims and liability claims arising out of MVAs, conditions of premises, truck explosions, defective industrial equipment, and construction defects.

Education

Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1991, J.D.

  • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
  • Law Review: Notre Dame Law Review Lead Articles Editor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 1987, B.A. of Science

  • Major: Political Science and English

Speaking Engagements

Overview of the Indemnification Guide, March 8, 2016, presented at 2016 Legislative Committee Conference for WRMCA in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Handling Injury Claims From The Defense Perspective, April 23, 2013, webinar presented to National Business Institute (NBI).

Defeating The Made Whole Doctrine, February 7, 2013, Sentry Insurance Company, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Defending Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Claims, October 17, 2012, MWL webinar presented to the public.

Contemporary and Practical Church and State Issues, December 2008, St. Thomas Moore Lawyer’s Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Construction Risk Transfer, CNA School of Risk Control Excellence, April 2008, Mortenson, Matzelle & Meldrum, Madison, Wisconsin.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM), Member
  • Wisconsin Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys, Members
  • St. Thomas More Lawyer’s Society of Milwaukee, Board of Directors
  • St. John Vianney Parish, Past Member, School Board
  • Notre Dame Alumni Club of Milwaukee, Event Coordinator

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