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Driven by Results

Doug Dehler is a shareholder with the law firm of O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C., where he is the Chair of the Marketing Committee and a member of the Litigation Group. Mr. Dehler’s legal practice involves complex business litigation, including class action litigation, shareholder disputes and whistleblower (qui tam) lawsuits. Mr. Dehler also represents clients in a broad range of insurance matters, including insurance bad faith litigation.

Mr. Dehler was selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers in 2014 and 2015 in the category of Mass Torts and Class Actions. He was appointed and currently serves on the Legal Assistance Committee, a standing committee of the Wisconsin State Bar Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. Mr. Dehler is a long-time board member for the Friends of the Remington Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He also currently serves on the Leadership Board for Galilee Lutheran Church in Pewaukee, and is actively involved with Pewaukee Youth Baseball.


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., 2013 WL 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 (7th Cir. 2011)
  • Successfully argued before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and obtained the leading appellate decision interpreting Wisconsin’s secret warranty statute in Cuellar v. Ford Motor Co., 2006 WI App 210, 296 Wis. 2d 545, 732 N.W.2d 747

Class Action Case Experience

  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations that 401k service provider improperly benefited from revenue sharing payments and violated duties owed under ERISA in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut 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 of the Wisconsin Consumer Act in Setzer vs. Festiva Development Group LLC, Circuit Court of Milwaukee County, Case No. 11-CV-6252
  • Successfully represented clients in a certified class action involving allegations that a title insurance company collected certain fees from consumers in violation of Wisconsin law 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 of COBRA, 29 U.S.C. § 1161, et seq. in Gagliano v. Medical Staffing Network, Inc., United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Civil Action No. 06-80642
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations of illegal revenue sharing by 401k plan administrators in Phones Plus, Inc. v. Hartford Life Insurance Company and Neuberger Berman Management, LLC, United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, Civil Action No. 3:06-CV-1835 (AVC)
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations that newspaper publisher falsely inflated circulation figures in an effort to boost advertising revenue in Shorewest Realtors, Inc. v. Journal Sentinel, Inc., Circuit Court of Milwaukee County, Case No. 05-CV-003716
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations that auto manufacturer violated Wisconsin’s secret warranty law, Wis. Stat. § 218.0172 in Cuellar and 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 title insurer collected fees from consumers in violation of Wisconsin law in Tagatz v. Land Title Services, Inc., Circuit Court of Milwaukee County, Case No. 06-CV-007371
  • Successfully represented clients in certified class action involving allegations that Milwaukee landlord routinely failed to correct building code violations, illegally collected rent at buildings with outstanding code violations, and improperly retained tenant security deposits in Wineberg v. Brophy, Circuit Court of Milwaukee County, Case No. 06-CV-003064

Court Admissions

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

Awards/Distinctions

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®–Litigation-Insurance, 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers in 2014,2015, and 2016 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

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Board of Directors, Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. (Appointed 2015)
  • Member, Legal Assistance Committee, State Bar of Wisconsin (Appointed 2015)
  • Board Member, Friends of the Remington Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School

Community Service

  • Leadership Board, Galilee Lutheran Church in Pewaukee (2014–present)
  • Board Member and Treasurer, Pewaukee Youth Baseball (2013–present)

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