Mackall, Crounse & Moore, PLC has joined Dewitt Ross & Stevens S.C.

The newly formed DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C. will provide clients with enhanced legal services
and efficiencies as well as access to more than 100 attorneys practicing in nearly 30 areas of
law in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

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Ronald R. Ragatz

location:
Madison
email:
rrr@dewittross.com
phone:
608-252-9351
fax:
608-252-9243
assistant:
Jennifer Osier

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Lawsuits can be stressful and intimidating both for parties who are suing and those who are sued.  One may feel like a stranger in a strange land.  The best way to deal with the challenges of litigation is to work with an attorney with the experience and know-how to guide you through the process to a successful outcome.

Ron has over 30 years of experience in winning for clients.  He regularly handles multimillion dollar litigation involving complex disputes.  He believes that a key to success in matters both large and not so large is a relationship of trust with the client that comes from both a high level of legal skill and dedication to working closely together to achieve success.

Clients

  • Environmental – Ron has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual farmers, and everything in between, in disputes involving environmental contamination, government enforcement efforts, administrative hearings and toxic tort litigation.
  • Insurance Coverage – He has gotten tens of millions of dollars of insurance coverage for companies and individuals whose insurance companies refused to cover their losses.
  • Product Liability – Ron represents manufacturers, sellers and users of machinery and other products involved in accidents.
  • Real Estate/Lending Disputes – Ron has handled scores of cases dealing with real estate, mortgages, title defects, lien priority and construction lending, representing title insurers, banks, institutional lenders and landowners.

Client Recommendations

"Our company has worked closely with Ron and his exceptional team for close to seven years on close to a daily basis.  In all areas of litigation – from strategy to closing arguments – we have been genuinely impressed.  Ron and his team have a unique ability to take incredibly complex material, consider it carefully, and propose straightforward strategies for achieving a goal.  Ron’s writing and argument skills are exceptional, and his courtroom presence exemplifies the highest ideals of the trial attorney.   We are very fortunate to have Ron and his team working on our behalf." - Brian M. Tauscher, Director & General Counsel, Windward Prospects Ltd. (f/k/a Ario Wiggins Appleton Ltd.)

Notable Representations

  • Represented a paper company against multiple insurers who had denied coverage for hundreds of millions of dollars in exposure from environmental contamination.  The case was tried to a jury for five weeks in Brown County Circuit Court and the company won against all of its insurers on all of their policies.  The decision was affirmed by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a Wisconsin cranberry farmer in litigation alleging that the farmer had polluted a 250-acre bay with phosphorus and seeking millions of dollars in damages. The farmer won the first case when it was dismissed by a federal judge and won in the second case after a two-week trial in state court.  The decision was affirmed on appeal and the farmer recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in defense costs.
  • Currently representing a paper company in federal court litigation over PCB contamination in the Lower Fox River, a site projected to cost $1.5 billion and said to be the largest Superfund project in the country.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company as the major party at a multimillion dollar Superfund site.  Reached a consent decree with EPA and DNR and then brought a successful contribution action in federal court against other responsible parties.
  • Collected millions of dollars for a Wisconsin city after its insurers had denied coverage for the costs of remediating former city landfills.
  • Represented a city that had installed a failed 4½-mile water discharge pipe system to regulate lake levels.  Sued the manufacturer of the pipe, and the designers and installers of the original failed system and recovered the full cost of installing a successful replacement system, plus recovery of all attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Represented a computer software company that had sold a $25+ million software system which the purchaser claimed did not work.  The arbitration was ultimately settled for a small fraction of the original claim.
  • Represented a company installing the largest, high-voltage transmission line project in Wisconsin history, in litigation and contested case administrative proceedings challenging the project based upon environmental concerns.  The company won and the project was successfully completed.
  • Defended two companies in litigation in both state and federal court seeking multimillion dollar costs of re-mediating a leaking landfill.  Secured judgments in both federal and state court dismissing all claims against one of the defendants.  Reached a settlement of all claims against the other defendant and then successfully represented that client in recovering most of the cost of the settlement from its insurers.

Articles / Presentations

During his 30-year career, Ron has contributed dozens of articles to varying publications and also has presented to groups, large and small, regarding litigation, environmental and insurance matters.

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Madison

Two East Mifflin Street, Suite 600
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 255-8891
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Greater Milwaukee

13935 Bishop's Drive, Suite 300
Brookfield, WI 53005
(262) 754-2840
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Minneapolis

1400 AT&T Tower,
901 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612)305-1400
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DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C., including its affiliate DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore S.C., is one of the ten largest law firms based in Wisconsin, with an additional presence in Minnesota. It has more than 120 attorneys practicing in Madison, Metropolitan Milwaukee and Minneapolis in over 30 legal practice areas, and has the experience to service clients of all scopes and sizes.

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We are an active and proud member of Lexwork International, an association of midsized independent law firms in major cities located throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Awards

Best Lawyers 2013 - 2016
Compass Award 2012
Top 100 Lawyers: National Trial Lawyers Association

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