Stephen A. Smith is an insurance litigation attorney. His practice focuses on insurance litigation and subrogation, including automobile, property, and workers’ compensation, and product liability. Prior to MWL, Steve worked with J. Peterman Legal Group, Ltd. (f/k/a Blommer Peterman, S.C.) in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Steve attended Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he received his J.D., and the University of Oklahoma, where he received his B.A. in political science and minor in German. Steve also studied at International House LGS Sprachschule in Freiberg, Germany, where he received his Zertifikat Deutsch (ZD) for German proficiency.

Steve is licensed in and admitted to practice in Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, as well as all federal courts in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. He brings an unusual breadth and depth of multi-state litigation and subrogation experience to the MWL team. Steve was selected to the 2021 Wisconsin Rising Stars list by the Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine, a prestigious distinction given only to the top 2.5% of lawyers in the State.

Steve’s time away from subrogation litigation and analysis includes spending time with friends, family, and his wife. As a passionate Brewers and Oklahoma Sooners fan, Steve enjoys watching and attending sporting events, as well as golfing when the weather is nice. He is an avid reader and a self-described Tolkien enthusiast.


Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Juris Doctor, May 2012

  • Honors: Deans List Spring 2011 and 2012

University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, B.A., May 2009

  • Major: Political Science
  • Minor: German

International House LGS Sprachschule, Freiburg, Germany, 2008.

  • Honors: Zertifikat Deutsch (ZD) for German Proficiency

Published Works

Equitable Subrogation/Contribution Among Co-Insurers and Duct Tape, published in Claims Journal, January 28, 2019.

Speaking Engagements

Winning Cases In The Most Important, Least Appreciated State – Discovery – November 10, 2021 – Co-presented webinar at the 2021 NASP Annual Conference.

Changes to Michigan’s No-Fault Scheme ” co-presented a MWL webinar for the public on on July 28, 2020 (505 Attendees).

The Unique Nature of Trucking Accident Evidence and Its Importance – October 29, 2019, seminar presented at 2019 Annual National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Conference in Washington, D.C.

Iowa Workers’ Compensation Subrogation: Simple Steps to Avoid Subrogation Traps, June 12, 2019, MWL webinar presented to the public (208 Attendees).

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • Wisconsin State Bar
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM), Member, 2015-Present
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)

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