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Ryan L. Woody

Litigation Attorney at Hartford, WI

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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WI
    Acquired 2004
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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Mr. Woody has been with Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer since 2004.  He concentrates his practice on ERISA reimbursement litigation, subrogation and insurance defense and complex coverage issues and appeals.  Mr. Woody has represented ERISA Plans seeking reimbursement in numerous federal courts around the country.  Mr. Woody is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute and an active member of NASP, the National Association of Subrogation Professionals.  He has contributed to numerous Subrogator articles along with national treatises on insurance coverage and ERISA and workers' compensation subrogation.  Mr. Woody presented the ABC's of Healthcare Subrogation along with Workers' Compensation Subrogation 101 to the 2006 NASP Conference in Orlando, and presented the Intersection of Health Subrogation and Bankruptcy at the 2007 Conference in New Orleans .  He also recently testified before the Kansas Legislature about the benefits of allowing Subrogation Provisions in Health Insurance Contracts in that state.


Before joining Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer S.C., Mr. Woody was an Assistant Attorney General with the Wisconsin Department of Justice in Madison .  Ryan earned his J.D. in 2004 from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee .  While at Marquette , he was involved with moot court, the school newspaper, practical internships, and the Environmental Law Society.  As a member of the National Moot Court Appellate Team, he won best brief at the Marquette competition, and went on to argue an issue of commercial speech before a panel of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Regional Competition in Indianapolis .


Mr. Woody also has a special interest in environmental and natural resources law. He publishes the website   He is a member of the Natural Resources Division of the American Bar Association.  He serves as pro bono legal counsel to the Ruffed Grouse Society, a national wildlife conservation association.  In that position, he deals with all aspects of Forest Service decision-making and its consequences on the forest's stakeholders, including industry, Native Americans, residents, and environmental interest groups.


Outside of work, Ryan enjoys soccer, photography, backpacking and traveling.  He attended undergrad at Bradley University in Peoria, IL .  He previously worked in Yellowstone National Park, Caterpillar Inc. and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.  Ryan is married to Annette and they reside in Whitefish Bay, WI along with their West highland Terrier, Winston.


Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C.
1111 E Sumner St
Hartford, WI, 53027-1609


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  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C.
  • 2004 - Present
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • Wisconsin Department of Justice
  • 2004 - 2004


  • Marquette University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Bradley University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. David Golke, et al.
  • Achieved a reversal at the Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • Morton v. Rosen's Diversified, Inc. Group Benefit Plan (D.Minn. 2008)
  • Favorable defense settlement.
  • Webcrafters, Inc. v. Martin
  • Favorable settlement of ERISA reimbursement claim.
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  • American Bar Association, Forest Resources section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2010
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008


  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • Forest Resources Year In Review
  • 2011
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources Section
  • Forest Resources Year In Review
  • 2010
  • Subrogator
  • American Family Ins. v. Golke Brothers: NASP To Appear As Amicus Curiae Before The Wisconsin Supreme Court in Spoliation Case
  • 2009
  • Juris Publishers, Second Edition, 2008
  • Insurance Coverage in All 50 States
  • 2008
  • Juris Publisher, Second Edition, 2008
  • ERISA & Health Insurance Subrogation in All 50 States
  • 2008
  • Juris Publishers, 2008
  • Workers Compensation Subrogation In All 50 States
  • 2008
  • Subrogator
  • ERISA Preemption And The Common Fund Doctrine
  • 2006
  • The Subrogator
  • Where is the Luggage?
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Conference
  • A Review of Longaberger v. Kolt and Other ERISA Gamechangers
  • 2010
  • National Other Party Liability Group
  • Health Subrogation Best Practices in the Wake of the Shank Case
  • 2009
  • NASP Regional Meeting
  • Wisconsin Spoliation Law Update
  • 2009
  • ARMSE Annual Meeting
  • ERISA Subrogation 101
  • 2009
  • 2009 NASP Annual Conference
  • ERISA And The Wrongful Death Lawsuit
  • 2009
  • Society Insurance Company, Fond Du Lac, WI
  • Issues in Property Subrogation
  • 2008
  • Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., Marshfield, WI
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Healthcare Subrogation In Wisconsin
  • 2008
  • OneBeacon Insurance Company, Buffalo, NY
  • Successfully Subrogating Occupational Accident Plans
  • 2008
  • Execusummit Atlantic City, NJ
  • The Economic Loss Doctrine: The Monster in the Property Subrogation Closet
  • 2008
  • Baldwin & Lyons, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
  • Building a Successful Subrogation Program
  • 2008
  • U.S. Specialty Insurance Company, Houston, TX
  • Successfully Subrogating Occupational Accident Plans
  • 2007
  • Self Insured Services Corporation, Dubuque, IA
  • Nuts and Bolts of ERISA Subrogation
  • 2007
  • Motors Insurance Corporation, Atlanta, GA
  • Recognizing Subrogation Potential
  • 2007
  • 2007 NASP Conference, New Orleans, LA
  • The Intersection of Health Subrogation and Bankruptcy
  • 2007
  • 2006 NASP Conference, Orlando, FL
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Workers' Compensation Subrogation
  • 2006
  • 2006 NASP Conference, Orlando, FL
  • The ABC's of Health Subrogation
  • 2006
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Litigation Attorney | Aug 02
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"I had the pleasure of working under Ryan where I got to experience his mastery of the law and diligence first hand. He is a zealous advocate and is nationally respected for his litigation experience that span across the country. Personally, I respect him a lot as a professional and as a mentor. I definitely endorse this lawyer."
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