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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.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 25%
  2. Insurance: 24%
  3. Environmental: 20%
  4. Employee Benefits: 20%
  5. Other: 11%
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Hourly ($150-250/hour), contingent (25-33%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C.

1111 E Sumner St
Hartford, WI, 53027-1609


WIGood Standing200403/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMatthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, S.C.2004 - Present
Assistant Attorney GeneralWisconsin Department of Justice2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Forest Resources sectionMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember2004 - Present
National Association of Subrogation ProfessionalsMember2004 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2006 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Diamond Crystal Brands, Inc. v. Wallace (N.D.Ga. 2008)Obtained Preliminary Injunctive Relief
Anderson v. Commerce Const. Services, Inc. (10th Cir. 2008)Affirmed on Appeal at the 10th Circuit
Sierra Club v. Kimbell (D.Minn.2009)Defense of NEPA and NFMA Challenge To Forest Plan
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources SectionForest Resources Year In Review2011
American Bar Association, Environment, Energy and Resources SectionForest Resources Year In Review2010
SubrogatorAmerican Family Ins. v. Golke Brothers: NASP To Appear As Amicus Curiae Before The Wisconsin Supreme Court in Spoliation Case2009
Juris Publishers, Second Edition, 2008Insurance Coverage in All 50 States2008
Juris Publisher, Second Edition, 2008ERISA & Health Insurance Subrogation in All 50 States2008
Juris Publishers, 2008Workers Compensation Subrogation In All 50 States2008
SubrogatorERISA Preemption And The Common Fund Doctrine2006
The SubrogatorWhere is the Luggage?2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Bradley UniversityInternational BusinessBS - Bachelor of Science2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConferenceA Review of Longaberger v. Kolt and Other ERISA Gamechangers2010
National Other Party Liability GroupHealth Subrogation Best Practices in the Wake of the Shank Case2009
NASP Regional MeetingWisconsin Spoliation Law Update2009
ARMSE Annual MeetingERISA Subrogation 1012009
2009 NASP Annual ConferenceERISA And The Wrongful Death Lawsuit2009
Society Insurance Company, Fond Du Lac, WIIssues in Property Subrogation2008
Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., Marshfield, WIThe Nuts and Bolts of Healthcare Subrogation In Wisconsin2008
OneBeacon Insurance Company, Buffalo, NYSuccessfully Subrogating Occupational Accident Plans2008
Execusummit Atlantic City, NJThe Economic Loss Doctrine: The Monster in the Property Subrogation Closet2008
Baldwin & Lyons, Inc., Indianapolis, INBuilding a Successful Subrogation Program2008
U.S. Specialty Insurance Company, Houston, TXSuccessfully Subrogating Occupational Accident Plans2007
Self Insured Services Corporation, Dubuque, IANuts and Bolts of ERISA Subrogation2007
Motors Insurance Corporation, Atlanta, GARecognizing Subrogation Potential2007
2007 NASP Conference, New Orleans, LAThe Intersection of Health Subrogation and Bankruptcy2007
2006 NASP Conference, Orlando, FLThe Nuts and Bolts of Workers' Compensation Subrogation2006
2006 NASP Conference, Orlando, FLThe ABC's of Health Subrogation2006