Lawyers for the Injured

Helping injured people not only recover from their injuries, but also recover their lives

Let our personal injury attorneys work with you to get full value for your injuries. The insurance companies know that we come prepared and that we won’t agree to a lowball settlement.

Best Accident Attorneys in Wisconsin

Who We Are – Wisconsin  Attorneys and Personal Injury Specialists

About Us

The Maeder Law Firm has been located in Wausau Wisconsin for over 50 years in the same building.  It is located right across from the Marathon County Courthouse.  It is a short walk, which is good, because the Maeder Legal Team is frequently found in those courtrooms attacking the insurance companies and using their trial skills to defeat them.  Wausau is a hub city because of its central location in the state with all major highways connecting there, allowing the Team to travel conveniently to other courthouses throughout Wisconsin.  There is a major airport in Wausau which gives them the ability to fly to   courthouses throughout the country.  The Team has had personal injury cases, over the years, not only in Wisconsin but throughout the nation, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana, Illinois (many), Colorado, Tennessee, New York and others.

The law office is the “state of the art” with the latest computers, web site, software and the finest computer driven case management systems so that the clients files are kept in minute to minute order and instantly accessible.  This gives the Team the ability from any location to call up the latest memo, medical report or engineering reconstruction, photographs of accident scenes, etc., so that if the Team is at the  office or on the road these facts are instantly at hand.  This is true whether they are in the courthouse in trial or at a mediation or settlement conference or at home preparing for the next legal confrontation.  This ability extends to any place and to any state and at any time.

The Team is supported by a staff of highly trained paralegals who are sworn to secrecy and who take pride in who they work for and who they are.  They know that their future is dependent on the satisfaction of each client and they are well rewarded with great salaries and the best benefits available.  They are part of the Team’s family and they know it.

Jerry, Brad, and Ben are the Team

With over 40 years of successful practice, our personal injury attorneys have handled thousands of cases. We know what it takes to get full value for your injuries. The insurance companies know that we come prepared and that we won’t agree to a lowball settlement. Scroll down for more information on each core team member.

Jerome A. Maeder Trial Attorney

Jerome A. Maeder, Wisconsin Personal Injury and Accident AttorneyPhone: 715.842.2281 or 800.452.8580 Jerome (“Jerry”) Maeder is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated (the highest ranking) by Martindale-Hubbell®, and has over 40 years of experience handling serious injury cases, motor vehicle accidents, product liability, and worker’s compensation. Jerome Maeder has lectured at both the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyersand the State Bar of Wisconsin–Litigation Section on various trial tactics and trial subjects and is acknowledged by his peers and judges as being a preeminent trial attorney. Professional Background

  • Advocate, ATLA National College of Advocacy
  • Associate, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Admitted to Bar, 1954, State of Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison (B.A., 1951)
  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1954)

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Marathon County Bar Association (President 1977-1978)

Experience

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Circuit Courts throughout Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court

Practice Areas

  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Worker’s Compensation

Awards & Recognition Jerry has handled thousands of personal injury claims and has tried hundreds of cases to verdict or decision. He has an extensive win record in the appellate courts in Wisconsin. He is truly a “trial lawyer’s lawyer”. He is known throughout Wisconsin as “one of the best”.

Bradley D. Myska Trial Attorney

Bradley Myska, Wisconsin Personal Injury and Accident AttorneyPhone: 715.842.2281 or 800.452.8580 Bradley (“Brad”) Myska is a trial attorney with the Jerome A. Maeder, S.C. Firm with over 14 years of experience. His practice is in personal injury and worker’s compensation claims. As a native of the Wausau area, Attorney Brad Myska is dedicated and committed to helping the community he grew up in. He is an accomplished trial lawyer in the field of personal injury and worker’s compensation. Professional Background

  • Admitted to bar, 2002, State of Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point (B.S., 1998)
  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., 2002)

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Experience

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Circuit Courts throughout Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Worker’s Compensation

Awards & Recognition Brad is proud to be a personal injury trial lawyer. In the courtroom, he has built a solid reputation as an honest and aggressive trial attorney who has little patience with the insurance company’s attempts to spin the facts of a case. He has the ability to pierce through the sham defenses insurance companies present to the jury and win in the courtroom. Bradley D. Myska was recognized for his hard work and dedication as Lieutenant Governor of the Seventh Circuit of the ABA, Law School Division in 2002.

Benjamin C. Welch Trial Attorney

Ben Welch, Wisconsin Personal Injury and Accident AttorneyPhone: 715.842.2281 or 800.452.8580 Benjamin (“Ben”) Welch is a trial attorney with the Jerome A. Maeder, S.C. Firm. His practice is in personal injury and worker’s compensation. He is an accomplished trial lawyer in the field of personal injury and worker’s compensation. Professional Background

  • Admitted to bar, 2005, State of Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin–Green Bay (B.S., 2001)
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison Law School (J.D., 2005)

Professional Memberships

  • Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Experience

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Circuit Courts throughout Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Worker’s Compensation

Awards & Recognition Ben has handled to final decision many worker’s compensation cases and has successfully settled hundreds of them. He has an enviable reputation as a “won’t back-down” lawyer. He is skilled in personal injury law as well.

Why the Team’s Commercials are Frequently Filmed Outdoors

Click on the MEDIA CENTER to view the Team’s commercials.  The firm’s commercials are many times devoted to the team hunting or fishing or shooting.  When asked why this theme predominates, their reply is because “this is who we are.”  We are all born and raised in Wisconsin and this is what we and our families do.  We proudly show this environment in our advertising because it is authentic.  We live in the outdoors when we are not practicing law and we want to share the beauty and the joy we get from this life with those who love it and to introduce it to those who have yet to learn to enjoy the abundance of nature that Wisconsin offers.  Being there is good for the soul.  The outdoor life allows the Team to decompress from their rigorous professional life:  they are the “tip of the spear” in the courtroom and in the legal arena.  This “other life” allows them to reinforce their close and treasured ties to their wives and children and escape the discipline of being trial lawyers.  This pause in their life provides an incentive and opportunity to recharge and regroup and then get back into what they do best, fighting for their clients Visit the Maeder Legal Team Media Center

The Team’s Dedication to the Fundamentals of Trial Law Has Paid Off

The commercial world of advertising has invaded the legal profession just as it has many other previously “off limits” professions.  Today there are publishers and others who have suddenly emerged and hold themselves out as having rated lawyers for competency and integrity.  This has provided many law firms to tout their professional excellence, even though it is just a new brand of fiction and puffing.  This can be confusing to the potential client who is seeking reassurance that he/she has made the right choice.  The Team has not bought into these commercially available ratings.  The firm’s founder Jerome A. Maeder and the guiding hand of its day-to-day operation has been rated by the most sought after and genuine “can’t be bought” and established organization in the nation.  Martindale-Hubbell has rated lawyers for almost as long as there have been lawyers in the United States.  Its ratings are cherished (and feared) by all practicing lawyers. He has been rated “AV Preeminent” for over 35 years. Lawyers with Legal Fundamentals in Wisconsin

The Team Has the Most Prestigious Rating in the Legal Profession

Jerome A. Maeder has achieved an “AV” rating (the highest) from Martindale-Hubbell. This is a peer review rating with “A” denoting “outstanding in practice” and “V” denoting “highest ethical standards.” The Jerome A. Maeder Law Firm is honored to be rated among the nation’s top 5 percent of all personal injury law firms in the Martindale-Hubbell “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers”, the definitive guide to the most distinguished law firms in the United States. Jerry has handled thousands of personal injury claims and has tried hundreds of cases to verdict or decision. He has an extensive win record in the appellate courts in Wisconsin. He is truly a “trial lawyer’s lawyer”. He is known throughout Wisconsin as “one of the best”. Jerome A. Maeder S.C. Lawyer Rated AV Preeminent for 35 Consectutive Years

You Are Entitled  to a Free Consultation

There is no charge to you to consult with the Maeder Legal Team.  We do not have a paralegal or one of our investigators talk to you about your case.  We do it personally.  We attempt to answer your phone call immediately because we believe that “time is of the essence”, that delay is only on the insurance company’s side not yours.  We will discuss the case from the liability angle to the injury aspect and will be able to determine quickly, after further investigation, whether you have a case that merits for you to  hire a lawyer.  If we determine that your case can be handled by you with the same probable outcome and that there will be no financial benefit to you to hire us, we will frankly so advise you.  We don’t want to waste your time or to get you emotionally involved in a claim if you can effectively do it yourself.  On the other hand, if we believe that we can give you “added value” and that we genuinely believe we can make a difference in the outcome to your substantial benefit, we will so advise you.  What you then do is your choice.  You will have the information so that you can make an informed decision: retain the Team, go with some other law firm or do it yourself.  We can only give you the options, we don’t insist that you do what we suggest.  After all it is your life and your family and we will always honor that as our highest priority; your family is the most important part of your life, as it is in ours. Get a Free Consultation with Personal Injury, Accident, and Worker's Compensation Attorneys

The Legal Team’s “NO COST” Pledge

Remember, the Maeder Law Firm has a solid reputation for over 40 years and a proven track record, if you don’t win we don’t get paid. This is our guarantee and sworn pledge.  We do all of our cases on a strict 1/3 contingent fee basis.  We, not you, pay the costs of the investigation, the depositions, the medical records, the experts’ fees for reconstructing the accident, the seeking out of witnesses and the cost for finding substantiating evidence and all other costs.  These costs have always been paid by the Firm over its many years of practice.  The Firm only gets these costs back when there is a settlement or decision, whether by a jury or court, in your favor and they are then deducted with no interest or other added charge.  This is done regardless of whether you have money or you have nothing and regardless of your occupation or whether you have never had a job.  This is true regardless of your age or station in life. This is true whether you are able or totally disabled.  This is the “Maeder Way” and everyone knows it.  The insurance company’s also know it.  They know the Firm will spare no expense to win and that we have the resources to do it. Maeder Law Firm No Cost Pledge

You Have the Final Authority to Decide

We understand that the final decision of whether to hire the Firm is yours, while we have the will and toughness to survive in the trial law profession we also have the personal experience and the humility to know that you, and you alone, must make the final decision of how to handle your claim. You Decide on Your Personal Injury Lawyer

The Maeder Law Firm Gets the Highest Settlements

We get the highest settlements as a result of our track records with the insurance companies. They don’t want to meet tough trial lawyers in the court room. This kind of publicity exposes their shenanigans and ruses for what they are. The trial of a case shows how devious and to what lengths they will go to so that innocent victims are deprived of their just compensation.  We have found the insurance companies (whether fire, liability, homeowners or whatever) believe that they being paid large monthly premiums, not so that they can fairly put victims of accidents back into their undamaged condition or to fairly compensate them for their loss, but rather to feather their own nests, whether to compensate their overpaid executives or to reward their stockholders.  The only moral justification for insurance company’s existence is to “pay the money forward” for losses sustained by the persons who have paid the money to them.  This is not some philosophical concept but is, indeed, the written contract that they have signed when they take your money.  Somehow they have lost the concept that the only justification for this huge drain on individual’s budget is to hold this money in trust to help heal injured persons and to pay for damages caused by accidents.  Instead they have substituted their bottom line as a business model and for their own success.  So while they have a contractual duty, as well as a moral duty, to pay claims they really don’t intend to do so without the threat of a firm of lawyers, like the Maeder Law Firm, to force them to do so. Personal Injury Lawyer with Maximum Compensation in Wisconsin Because the insurance companies know that we will start suit to make sure that you are fairly compensated and to bring them to the bargaining table they will take the case out of the hands of the local adjuster who has only minimal authority to pay. When the Maeder Legal Team gets the case the case is handled by claims managers and “claims committees” who have the real authority. They know that their failure to do so will be disastrous because by the time they have paid their lawyers and their experts the additional amount to try the case (and still lose) they will be better off settling the case for the full value at the time of settlement negotiations or at mediation.

Hire the Maeder Legal Team So You Win

 

The Maeder Legal Team is rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the most prestigious rating bureau in the United States, as being in the top 5% of all personal injury law firms. This is an award that every personal injury law firm would like to claim, but few can. This rating can only be earned through consistent excellence in every level of personal injury work, from the accident scene to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.