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PRACTICE AREAS

• Insurance subrogation
• Civil Litigation & Appeals
• Insurance defense
• Insurance coverage

EDUCATION

• J.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin
• B.A., general honors, University of Chicago

ADMITTED

• Wisconsin, 1993
• U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
• Admitted pro hac vice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Senior Appellate and Motion Counsel

Charles W. Kramer is a Senior Appellate and Motion Counsel at Weiss Law Office, S.C. The bulk of his practice is in subrogation. The rest of his practice is in appellate matters, insurance defense and coverage work. He routinely represents insurance carriers in their efforts to secure recovery from tortfeasors whose actions caused the need for indemnity payments.

In the appellate courts, he has drafted or been instrumental in drafting Weiss Law Office, S.C.’s briefs and appellate arguments since he joined the firm in 2005. As a result of his cases, Wisconsin courts have clarified the duty to preserve evidence and upheld a workers compensation insurer’s ability to move to a circuit court to settle a third-party action over the objection of the employee. Other appellate cases have addressed such varied issues as the standard for negligence in worker distraction cases, the scope of Wisconsin’s Direct Action Statute and the scope of court review of appraisal decisions.

Mr. Kramer has argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and has been invited to teach a number of CLE seminars on insurance-related issues.

Published Cases

Primary Counsel:
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Hague Quality Water, Int'l, 2013 WI App 10, 345 Wis. 2d 741, 826 N.W.2d 412 aff’d 2014 WI 5.
  • Aaron Bain v. Tielens Construction, Inc., 2006 WI App 127, 294 Wis. 2d 318, 718 N.W.2d 240
  • American Family Mutual Ins. Co. v. David Golke, 2009 WI 81, 319 Wis. 2d 397, 768 N.W.2d 729
  • Kevin S. Dalka v. American Family Mutual Ins. Co., 2011 WI App 90, 334 Wis. 2d 686, 799 N.W.2d 923
Co-counsel:
  • Bryan Casper v. American International South Insurance Company, 2011 WI 81, 800 N.W.2d 880
  • The Farmers Automobile Insurance Association v. Union Pacific Railway Company, 2008 WI App 116, 313 Wis. 2d 93, 756 N.W.2d 461 aff’d 2009 WI 73, 319 Wis. 2d 52, 768 N.W.2d 596
  • Gatzke & Ruppelt v. William Feerick, 2007 WI App 143, 302 Wis. 2d 464, 736 N.W.2d 172