Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C. (“MWL”) is pleased to welcome seasoned trial lawyer Sarah “Sally” Fry Bruch to the firm as a senior litigating associate. Sally brings with her a wealth of insurance and general litigation experience to MWL’s Hartford, Wisconsin office. Sally has almost three decades of experience having worked as a litigator for several years before assuming Assistant County Corporation counsel responsibilities for Portage County in Stevens Point and then becoming the Assistant District Attorney for Portage County. Then, after five years in her own practice in Stevens Point, Sally moved to Milwaukee and became a shareholder with Crivello Carlson, S.C. handling insurance coverage, insurance defense, and complex litigation throughout Wisconsin. Sally is also experienced in municipal immunity and tort law, defending numerous government entities throughout the state. She is counsel of record on several significant appellate decisions and is a co-author of “DRI Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Compendium – Wisconsin Chapter.” She is the author of many articles and publications for Wisconsin Defense Counsel, on topics including “Pay and Walk” clauses and the anonymous designation of plaintiffs in litigation.
Sally graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with Academic Honors and received her Juris Doctor from Marquette Law School. She will be a welcome addition to the CE and subrogation training team at MWL presenting Texas CE classes for claims professionals around the country. She is a long-time member of the Wisconsin Defense Counsel (WDC) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI), as well as being an Elected Fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America.
Sally was born in Worms, Germany and was raised in Germany, England, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and (mostly) Wisconsin. In her free time, Sally enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, Greg, and visiting their adult children Ruthanne (Tim), George, and David in California, Wisconsin, and Nevada. She is an avid gardener and has cultivated numerous gardens with native plants and perennials to support pollinators and birds, as well as home-grown vegetables. Sally believes in giving back to the community, serving on the board of directors the past five years for Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, a non-profit providing free vision screening for school-age children and seniors.
Sally will be handling complex defense litigation as well as property and casualty, workers’ compensation, and automobile subrogation cases throughout Wisconsin and across the country. She believes strongly in preparation to produce a quality written product and argument, that persuasively communicates the law and the facts, and creates a record in favor of the client’s position. Sally is a self-proclaimed perfectionist. Her vast experience includes preparation and trial of cases in both state and federal court and her experience in large, complex property cases will provide welcome assistance to a growing body of litigation work entrusted to MWL. We look forward to the vast amount of experience and insight she brings to the firm, and eagerly welcome her to our growing family of professionals here at MWL. On behalf of the partners, associates, legal assistants, and support staff here at MWL, we would like to welcome Sally. We would also invite our clients and friends to introduce themselves to Sally, who can be reached at [email protected].