2024 Annual Conference 

Registration Information:

Member Registration Instructions:

  • Login using your WDC Username/Password
    • If you have not yet received your login info: Select "Retrieve Username" and enter your email. Please be sure to use the same email associated with your current WDC membership. Following the retrieval of your username, on the login page, enter your username in the username box, then select "Reset Password." 
  • Once logged in, complete the Annual Conference Registration form as instructed.
Non-Member Registration Instructions:
  • Select "Retrieve Username" and enter your email. If you do not receive an email, it is because your email is not on file, and you will need to create an account.
    • To create a new account, go back to the form and follow the prompts for "New Users"
  • Following the retrieval of your username, on the login page, enter your username in the username box, then select "Reset Password" and con
  • Once logged in, complete the Annual Conference Registration form as instructed.
View the 2024 WDC Annual Conference Registration Brochure here.
 
View the 2024 WDC Annual Conference Program Book here.
 

Click here to register now!

Event Details

Date:
Thursday, August 8, 2024 - Friday, August 9, 2024

Location:
The Wilderness Resort and Glacier Canyon Conference Center
45 Hillman Rd.
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Event Description

The Wisconsin Defense Counsel will be hosting their Annual Conference on August 8-9th, 2024 at the Wilderness Resort and Glacier Canyon Conference Center.

Please let the office know if you have any questions at this time:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 414-276-1881

Program Chair: Megan McKenzie, American Family Insurance Company

CLE Credits: Applied for 8.0 WI CLE Credits.

Hotel Reservations Information: Call the Wilderness Resort at 1-800-867-WILD. Be sure to mention you are with the Wisconsin Defense Counsel Annual Conference room block Leader #A37102. The deadline to book your room is July 8, 2024. The WDC price is $199.00 for August 7 - 8.

Book your hotel room online here. To view more hotel details, visit here.

Click here to view the attendee list.  Attendee list is updated weekly.

Casual Fridays! A casual dress code is encouraged for Friday’s seminar. Feel free to wear jeans, shorts, your old “Harvard law” t-shirt, or whatever you are comfortable in, as we enjoy a great lineup of speakers on Friday morning.

Program Agenda 

Thursday, August 8, 2024

8:00 - 8:55 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Corneille Law Group, LLC

8:55 - 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks

9:00 - 9:50 AM
Structured Settlement Best Practices and How to Leverage Plaintiff Tax Strategies
Don Engels, Ringler Associates

9:50 - 10:00 AM
Break
Sponsored by Bell, Moore & Richter, S.C.

10:00 - 10:50 AM
Mindful Lawyering: Exploring the Foundations of Mental and Physical Wellness
Ryan Johnson, Everson, Whitney, Everson & Brehm, S.C. and Matt Shin, Tall Pines Behavioral Health

10:50 - 11:00 AM
Break
Sponsored by Rural Mutual Insurance Co.

11:00 - 11:50 AM
A Judicial Perspective on the Discovery of Electronically Stored Information
Judge Michael Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatrick ADR, LLC

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM
Lunch and Annual Business Meeting

1:00 - 1:50 PM
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - Alive and Kicking Following Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. SCOTUS Decision
Dan Kaplan, Foley & Lardner, LLP

1:50 - 2:00 PM
Break

2:00 - 2:50 PM
Trial Tactics: Use of Learned Treaties, and Other Unconventional Tactics to Gain the Advantage at Trial
Mark Budzinski, Corneille Law Group, S.C.

2:50 - 3:00 PM
Break

3:00 - 4:00 PM
Committee Meetings

4:00 - 5:30 PM
Cocktail Reception, 
Sponsored by Crivello, Nichols & Hall, S.C.

Panel Counsel Meetings

Friday, August 9, 2024

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Kramer Shull Reeths LLP

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Interactive Torts Update
Aaron Berndt and Alan Ray, Borgelt, Powell, Peterson & Frauen, S.C. 

9:50 - 10:00 AM
Break
Sponsored by Weiss Law Offices, S.C.

10:00 - 10:50 AM
Employment Law Update – What’s New in 2024 and What You Need to Know Now
Sally Piefer, Lindner & Marsack, S.C.

10:50 - 11:00 AM
Break
Sponsored by Weiss Law Offices, S.C.

11:00 - 11:50 AM
Resetting the Anchor: Securing Reasonable Outcomes
Chris Turner, Turney LG and Amy Wilkinson, SECURA Insurance Co.

11:50 AM
Adjourn