Boston Branch Office Opened January 1, 2022
Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. (“MWL”) is proud to announce the opening of its new subrogation branch office in Boston, Massachusetts. For years, MWL has represented workers’ compensation carriers, auto carriers, self-insured companies, third-party adjusting companies, and subrogation vendors throughout the New England area. The increased need for subrogation representation of our New England clients has long pointed to this exciting expansion into this state. The new branch office gives us the ability to better serve our clients as we handle their subrogation matters in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Maryland, and across the northeastern U.S. Boston joins Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans, and Hartford as the latest MWL branch office.
MWL is simultaneously pleased to welcome back Attorney Catherine Dowie, who will be litigating out of and managing the new Boston office. You may remember Catherine, who boasts 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 Elspeth 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. Her work at the Phia Group focused on ERISA and healthcare subrogation claims, including litigation. Most recently, Catherine served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Benita Y. Pearson, U.S. District Judge (N.D. Ohio). She previously clerked for the Honorable Sarah A. L. Merriam, U.S. District Judge (then U.S.M.J.) (D. Conn.). Catherine is licensed in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York.
Catherine was born and raised in New Jersey, where she played a lot of tennis. After failing to earn a starting position on Smith College’s tennis team, she joined the debate society, which is how she met EJ, her husband. They have two Siberian cats, Bran and Arya, and a growing number of succulent plants. Catherine enjoys knitting, axe-throwing, comic books, and baking.
We look forward to the vast amount of insurance industry experience and insight Catherine brings to the firm, including her 6+ years of experience working with Phia Group. Catherine will also be expanding her work in appellate litigation. In addition to her extensive experience with merits briefing, she returns to the firm with experience contributing to an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, having obtained certiorari for a client before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and having argued before the Second Circuit.
On behalf of the partners, associates, legal assistants, and support staff here at MWL, we would like to welcome Catherine back to our firm. We would also invite our clients and friends to introduce themselves to Catherine, again or for the first time. Catherine can be reached at [email protected].
If you have New York, New Jersey, or New England subrogation needs—from PIP to workers’ compensation to fire and casualty and health— referring subrogation files to MWL for handling in the northeast is simple and quick. You can access our website’s file referral feature by clicking on the “Refer A File” button located on our website’s homepage. Utilizing MWL’s file referral forms are more than merely “convenient”. They ask the relevant questions and allow us to hit the ground running once we receive the file. Rest assured that MWL has taken all precautions to ensure that data transferred to MWL through this feature is secure and encrypted so it cannot be read or seen by anyone else. Files can be referred to MWL in two easy steps:
Step One: Select your loss type from the drop-down menu and provide your contact information.
Step Two: Provide information on the file you are referring by answering as many of the questions on the form as you can. The last part of this step allows you to attach your file, no matter the size, and submit it to MWL for evaluation.
Just click the Browse button to select the documents from your system that you want to submit. Submitting documents in this step is optional. If you prefer, you can submit the File Referral Form and then send the file under separate cover in whatever manner you choose. Once you submit your file using this feature, you will receive an e-mail confirmation containing the information you entered into the File Referral Form and a list of the attachments, which can be saved to your computer to be memorialized in your activity log as part of your claim file.
The subrogation professionals at MWL look forward to handling your northeastern U.S. subrogation needs along with the handling of recovery work throughout North America.