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Deborah C. Meiners

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Deborah has been a commercial litigator for more than a dozen years, with particular expertise in insurance coverage matters on behalf of policyholders.  Individuals and companies call on her to assist when they are involved in disputes with their insurance carriers. Deborah has established coverage in the transportation, technology, manufacturing, construction, staffing, and agriculture sectors.  She has handled issues involving myriad types of policies, including commercial general liability, commercial crime coverage, automobile liability, motor carrier coverage, property insurance, event cancellation insurance, business protection coverage, homeowners insurance, umbrella liability coverage, and title insurance.  

In addition to insurance coverage, Deborah regularly handles complex commercial disputes, employment relations matters, and litigation concerning real estate, construction, transportation, and title insurance.  She has litigated matters involving fraud and other intentional torts, professional negligence, lending disputes, lien priority, easements, commercial landlords and tenants, title defects, employment discrimination, wage and hour claims, freight claims, and independent contractor classification. 

Deborah represents clients before state and federal trial and appellate courts, and in arbitration and administrative proceedings.  In all matters and for all clients, Deborah is committed to providing efficient, cost-effective legal services with attention to responsiveness, timeliness, and the production of high-quality legal work.

Client Recommendation

“We selected DeWitt’s legal services to settle a real estate contract dispute that we became involved in. Attorney Meiners’ experience and expertise in the area of contract law was invaluable to the settlement of our case. She was always available to answer our questions, while guiding us patiently through the legal process. Her ability to present all of our legal options in understandable terms made the decisions we needed to make that much easier. A very sincere “Thank You” to Attorney Meiners, for all of her hard work and for making our legal experience a positive one!” – Greg and Tonya Ringler

 Notable Insurance Coverage Representation

  • Successfully obtained a ruling on behalf of a transportation technology company finding coverage for a driver the insurer sought to exclude under an automobile liability policy. 
  • Obtained a ruling on behalf of an agricultural company establishing a duty to defend under a commercial general liability policy in construction litigation arising from deficient concrete work. 
  • Secured policy limits under a commercial crime policy for a family-owned business that suffered losses as a result of employee theft. 
  • Assisted a large corporation in navigating policy requirements under a crime coverage form for losses resulting from a forgery of vendor documents. 
  • Assisted a non-profit organization in navigating claims requirements under an event cancellation insurance policy to recover losses suffered from the cancellation of a conference due to COVID-19. 
  • Working with a shareholder, successfully obtained a ruling on behalf of an individual client finding coverage under both a homeowners insurance policy and an umbrella policy.

Notable Litigation Matters 

  • Represented individual sellers of real estate in lawsuit to recover tens of thousands of dollars in earnest money after the sale failed to close. 
  • Represented contractor in trial resulting in judgment in excess of $570,000 against homeowner who breached a construction agreement and failed to pay. 
  • Primary author of briefing on behalf of a commercial tenant to obtain a ruling finding that the landlord had wrongfully failed to honor an extension of the commercial lease. 
  • Primary author of briefing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to secure a decision allowing an individual to pursue fraud claims in Wisconsin against a real estate developer who failed to complete a condominium development in Mexico. 
  • Working with a shareholder, defended a small business and business-owner in a lawsuit against a former employee concerning the employee’s alleged ownership interest in the company. 
  • Negotiated a favorable distribution and license agreement between a therapeutic services corporation and a supplier, successfully avoiding costly trademark and trade secrets litigation in the process.

Articles and Presentations

  • "A Guide for Understanding Your Insurance Policies Before You Need To Use Them," DeWitt LLP News Update, August 2021.
  • Five Essential Best Practices for Workplace Investigations,” DeWitt Employment Law Blog, July 2019
  • “The Lifecycle of an Employment Relationship in Six Acts,” Presenter for the DeWitt Fall Employment Law Seminar, October 2018 
  • “So You Got a Reservation of Rights Letter, Now What? A Policyholders Perspective,” Wisconsin Association of Corporate Counsel, May 2016, co-presenter with Megan Senatori 
  • “Objection Perplexion: Avoid Sanctions By Knowing Your Jurisdiction Before Objecting to Form in a Deposition,” Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association Newsletter, February 2015 
  • “The Basics of Commercial General Liability Insurance Coverage and Additional Insured Status on Construction Projects,” State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting & Conference, co-presenter with Megan Senatori, June 2014 
  • “Constitutional Law,” 2014 Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE, with co-author Kevin M. Scott 
  • “Enforcing Forum Selection Clauses After Atlantic Marine,” Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association Newsletter, March 2014 
  • “Ethical Issues Presented by e-Discovery,” presentation for the DeWitt Annual Ethics Seminar, co-presenter with Harry E. Van Camp, Fall 2013 
  • “Luddites Beware: The Model Rules Catch Up To 21st Century Practice,” DeWitt Annual Ethics Seminar, Fall 2012 
  • “Constitutional Law,” 2012 Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE, co-author with Kevin M. Scott 
  • “2010 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” Newsletter of the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association, March 2011 
  • “Document, Discharge, Decide: Elements of Employee Termination,” presentation for the “You Hired Them: Now What?,” DeWitt Fall Employment Law Seminar, November 2010 
  • Professionalization in the Chinese Legal System: Current Education and Certification of Chinese Lawyers,” The Bar Examiner May 2007, with co-author Chen Jian

 

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DeWitt LLP is one of the ten largest law firms based in Wisconsin, with an additional presence in Minnesota. It has more than 130 attorneys practicing in Madison, Greater Milwaukee, Green Bay and Minneapolis in over 30 legal practice areas, and has the experience to service clients of all scopes and sizes.

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We are an active and proud member of Lexwork International, an association of mid-sized independent law firms in major cities located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia and an active member of SCG Legal, an association of more than 140 independent law firms serving businesses in all 50 state capitals and major commercial centers around the world.

Awards

Best Lawyers 2013 – 2021
Super Lawyers 2021
Compass Award 2012
Top 100 Lawyers: National Trial Lawyers Association

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