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Michael McFarlane
555 East Wells Street
Suite 1900
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3819
Phone: (414) 978-5564
Fax: (414) 223-5000

Worker's Compensation
Michael McFarlane is an attorney in the Milwaukee office of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. and a member of the Worker's Compensation team. Mr. McFarlane focuses his practice on worker's compensation defense, while also working with the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Team to protect our clients from related employment claims. His experience includes representing insurance carriers and self-insured employers, providing guidance and counsel on high-value cases with complex facts and legal issues. He frequently prepares case analyses for clients, outlining their current and potential worker’s compensation exposures and defenses, to establish the foundational information for each case and to assist the team in managing the direction of the case investigation and litigation.

Mr. McFarlane regularly works with administrative law judges at the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Division, both informally and at hearing and settlement conferences, to facilitate efficient and cost-effective disposition of all cases, predominantly through negotiated compromise agreements. His experience also includes significant appellate litigation before the Labor and Industry Review Commission, Circuit Court and Court of Appeals. He also assists his clients through subrogation to recover benefits paid.


  • Marquette University Law School, J.D., 2007
  • University of Denver, M.S., Real Estate and Construction Management, 2005
  • University of Iowa, B.B.A., Finance, 2001


  • Wisconsin

Representative Work

  • Tried worker’s compensation disputes at administrative hearings, and drafted appeal briefs to the Labor and Industry Review Commission, Circuit Court and Court of Appeals.
  • Provided internal firm and client training regarding Wisconsin worker’s compensation laws, procedures, and strategies.
  • Counseled employers on navigating “trap issues” that arise when an injured worker is being considered for termination from employment.
  • Frequently performed mathematical analysis to assist claims administrators with determining the correct benefits due and paid/owed, and determining the potential exposures for setting file reserves.
  • Negotiated numerous worker’s compensation settlement agreements.

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Association of Worker’s Compensation Attorneys (WAWCA)

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