Douglas P. Dehler

Douglas P. Dehler


O'Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.

Recognized since 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Practice Areas

Litigation - Insurance

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Doug Dehler is a shareholder with the law firm of O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., where he is the leader of the firm’s Class Action and False Claims Act practice group. Mr. Dehler’s legal practice involves complex litigation, including class action litigation and whistleblower (qui tam) lawsuits. Mr. Dehler also represents clients in insurance matters, including insurance bad faith litigation.

Mr. Dehler has been selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers each year from 2014 through 2020 in the category of Mass Torts and Class Actions. He has served on the Legal Assistance Committee, a standing committee of the Wisconsin State Bar Association. He also serves as a board member for the Friends of the Remington Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Location

  • 111 East Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1400
    Milwaukee, WI 53202

Languages

  • English

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • United States, American Bar Association

Affiliations

  • Friends of the Remington Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School - Board Member
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. - Board of Directors
  • Legal Assistance Committee, State Bar of Wisconsin - Member

Court Admissions

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

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Insurance

Awards:

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®–Litigation-Insurance, 2018–2021
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers in 2014-2020 in the category of Mass Torts and Class Actions, Law & Politics and Milwaukee Magazine
  • Named in Wisconsin's Top Rated Lawyers, 2012 Wisconsin edition as a leading attorney in the area of Class Action Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™–AV, reflecting an attorney who has reached the height of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity

Class Action Case Experience

  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action alleging that health plan administrators breached fiduciary duties by failing to administer health claims in a manner consistent with employee health plan language covering “usual, customary and reasonable” charges for out-of-network services in George v. CNH Health & Wealth Benefit Plan, et al., No 16-CV-1678-JPS
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations that 401kservice provider improperly benefited from revenue sharing payments and violatedduties owed under ERISA in the United States District Court for the District ofConnecticut in Healthcare Strategies, Inc., et al. v. ING Life Insurance & Annuity Co.,3:11-cv-00282 (WGY)
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving alleged violations ofthe Wisconsin Consumer Act in Setzer vs. Festiva Development Group LLC, Circuit Courtof Milwaukee County, Case No. 11-CV-6252
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations that a titleinsurance company collected certain fees from consumers in violation of Wisconsinlaw in Gary Gevaart et al. vs. Knight Barry Title Inc., Circuit Court of Milwaukee County,Case No. 10-CV-11972
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving alleged violations ofCOBRA, 29 U.S.C. § 1161, et seq. in Gagliano v. Medical Staffing Network, Inc., UnitedStates District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Civil Action No. 06-80642
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations of illegalrevenue sharing by 401k plan administrators in Phones Plus, Inc. v. Hartford Life InsuranceCompany and Neuberger Berman Management, LLC, United States District Court for theDistrict of Connecticut, Civil Action No. 3:06-CV-1835 (AVC)
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations thatnewspaper publisher falsely inflated circulation figures in an effort to boost advertisingrevenue in Shorewest Realtors, Inc. v. Journal Sentinel, Inc., Circuit Court of MilwaukeeCounty, Case No. 05-CV-003716
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations that automanufacturer violated Wisconsin’s secret warranty law, Wis. Stat. § 218.0172 in Cuellarand McVicker v. Ford Motor Co., Circuit Court of Milwaukee County, Case No. 04-CV-009309
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations that titleinsurer collected fees from consumers in violation of Wisconsin law in Tagatz v. LandTitle Services, Inc., Circuit Court of Milwaukee County, Case No. 06-CV-007371
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations thatMilwaukee landlord routinely failed to correct building code violations, illegallycollected rent at buildings with outstanding code violations, and improperly retainedtenant security deposits in Wineberg v. Brophy, Circuit Court of Milwaukee County,Case No. 06-CV-003064

Representative Case Experience

Successfully represented whistleblower and obtained significant decision concerning application of the False Claims Act to alleged fraud committed on the federal E-Rate Program, U.S. ex rel Health v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc., 111 F. Supp. 3d 923 (E.D. Wis. 2015)
Successfully argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in U.S. ex rel. Heath v.Wisconsin Bell, Inc., 760 F.3d 688 (7th Cir. 2014), which involved application of the“public disclosure bar” in qui tam cases filed by whistleblowers under the False Claims Act
Successfully argued before the Wisconsin Supreme Court in MBS- Certified Public Accountants, LLC v. Wisconsin Bell, Inc., 2012 WI 15, 338 Wis. 2d 647, 809 N.W.2d 859,which clarified the scope of the voluntary payment doctrine in Wisconsin, particularly with regard to statutory claims
Successfully argued before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals in ProHealth Care, Inc. v.HealthEOS By Multiplan, Inc., 2014 WL 440663 (February 5, 2014), a case involving application of the voluntary payment doctrine to a breach of contract claim
Successfully litigated and obtained jury verdict in favor of client in the District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Cousins Submarines, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., 2013WL 2898774 (E.D. Wis. June 13, 2013)
Successfully argued and obtained favorable appellate decision in ERISA breach of fiduciary duty case in Smith v. Medical Benefit Administrators Group, 639 F.3d 277 (7thCir. 2011)
Successfully argued before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and obtained the leadingappellate decision interpreting Wisconsin's secret warranty statute in Cuellar v. FordMotor Co., 2006 WI App 210, 296 Wis. 2d 545, 732 N.W.2d 747

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