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McClellan Place
210 McClellan St., Ste 400
Wausau, WI 54403
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P.O. Box 1386
Wausau, WI 54402-1386

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John A. Kramer
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  • Partner

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Wausau, WI

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715-845-5666

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John has been assisting insurance companies and their policyholders since 1988. He focuses on representing insurers in coverage matters and defending their insureds in personal injury and other tort claims. John's practice includes civil trials, appeals, mediations, arbitrations, assistance with and consultation on insurance claims, examinations under oath, and consulting or co-counseling with other attorneys in insurance matters.

A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, John earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science from Adrian College, Michigan, and his Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School. From 1988 to 1993, John was an associate attorney with Grzeca & Stanton, S.C., an insurance defense firm in Green Bay. In 1993 he joined American Family Insurance in Wausau as an in-house trial attorney. While with American Family, John litigated cases on behalf of the company and its insureds, supervised outside counsel, and consulted with and advised insurance claims representatives and other insurance professionals. John returned to private practice with Dick Zalewski and Mark Klinner in 2001, forming Zalewski, Klinner & Kramer, now Klinner Kramer Shull LLP.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Auto Liability Insurance
  • UM/UIM Insurance
  • Property & Casualty Insurance
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1991

Education

  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1988
  • Adrian College, Adrian, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1985
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Not Just Another "Dog Bite" Case: The Impact of Public Policy Concerns on the Defense of Dog Bite Cases, Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Fall, 2004

Representative Cases

  • Welin v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 2006 WI 81, 292 Wis. 2d 73, 717 N.W. 2d 690
  • Fandrey v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 2004 WI 62, 272 Wis. 2d 46, 680 N.W. 2d 345
  • Mullen v. Walczak, 2003 WI 75, 262 Wis.2d 708, 664 NW.2d 76
  • Griebler v. Doughboy Recreational, Inc., 160 Wis. 2d 547, 466 N.W. 2d 897, 1991
  • Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc. V. American Standard Ins.Co. Of Wisconsin, 2018 WI App 68, 384 Wis. 2d 545, 920 N.W. 2d 340
  • Drexler v. Mcmillan Warner Mut.Ins.Co., 2017 WI App 21, 374 Wis.2d 436, 896 N.W. 2d 390 (Unpublished)
  • Pierce v. Mid. Century Ins.Co., 2016 Wi App 171, 372 Wis.2d 171, 887 N.W.2d 115
  • Pettis v. Price, 2015 WI App 68, 364 Wis. 2d 759, 869 N.W. 2d 170
  • Town of Lafayette v. Balsiger, 2011 WI App 75, 334 Wis.2d 146, 799 N.W.2d 928 (Table) (Wisconsin Court of Appeals -- Unpublished)
  • Mueller v. McMillan Warner Ins. Co., 2005 WI App 210, 287 Wis. 2d 154, 704 N.W. 2d 613
  • Mullen v. Walczak, 2002 WI App 254, 257 Wis. 2d 928, 653 N.W. 2d 529
  • Gilbert v. American Family, 199 Wis. 2d 125, 545 N.W. 2d 521 (Table), Wisconsin Court of Appeals -- Unpublished 1995
  • Drew v. Gunderson,, 189 Wis. 2d 491, 527 N.W.2d 399 (Table), Wisconsin Court of Appeals -- Unpublished 1994
  • Griebler v. Doughboy Recreational, Inc., 152 Wis. 2d 622, 449 N.W. 2d 61, 1989, Ct. App.
  • Owen v. Wangerin, 985 F. 2d 312, 1993, 7th Cir.
  • Hammerlund v. The Auto Club Group, 2017 Wl 3142113 U.S. District Court, W.D. Wisconsin

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Defense Research Institute, 1995 to Present
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, 2012 to Present
  • Marathon County Bar Association, 1993
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, 1988
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel (formerly Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin), 1988

Past Employment Positions

  • Zalewski, Klinner & Kramer, LLP, Partner, 2001 to 2014
  • American Family Insurance Co., Senior Claim Attorney, 1993 to 2000
  • Grzeca & Stanton, S.C., Trial Attorney, 1988 to 1993

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Delta Theta Phi
  • Phi Alpha Theta