Cecilia Heberling

Cecilia Heberling leads the Wisconsin auto subrogation practice group at the Milwaukee office of Yost & Baill. As the lead auto attorney, Cecilia corresponds with insurance companies, personal injury attorneys, and defense counsel to reach resolutions in the best interest of Yost & Baill’s clients.

Cecilia earned her juris doctor  from Michigan State University College of Law, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from St. Norbert College. While in law school, Cecilia competed on the Jessup International Law Moot Court team and the Zehmer Worker’s Compensation Moot Court team, earning numerous accolades. She was an active member of the Board of Advocates and mentored students in oral advocacy. Cecilia was a teaching assistant for the Moot Court Competition course, and was a research assistant for Professor Susan Bitensky. Cecilia was also a student clinician at the Chance at Childhood Clinic, an innovative multi-disciplinary child welfare clinic.

Cecilia is an avid Green Bay Packers and Michigan State Spartans fan. In her spare time, she enjoys kickboxing, taking her dog on long walks, and equestrian sports.

 

Education

  • J.D., Michigan State University College of Law (cum laude)
  • B.A., History, St. Norbert College (summa cum laude)

Admission to Practice

  • Wisconsin State Courts
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Honors & Awards

  • Semi-Finalist Jessup Moot Court Competition Midwest Region 2018
  • Top 15 Oralist Jessup Moot Court Competition Midwest Region 2018
  • Top Four Brief Jessup Moot Court Competition Midwest Region 2018

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals

Catlin C. Pegelow

Catlin C. Pegelow is an associate attorney with Yost & Baill’s property subrogation team. Catlin’s practice concentrates on product liability, general torts, warranty, and construction defect cases. As an associate, Catlin works closely with clients and experts from the initial scene inspection through trial.

Catlin joined Yost & Baill as a legal assistant in 2013 and has worked for the property and medical payments subrogation teams. She continued her employment with the firm while enrolled in Marquette University Law School’s part-time evening JD program. During law school, Catlin worked as a research assistant for Professor Nadelle Grossman, volunteered with the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic, and earned the CALI Award for Future Excellence in Trial Advocacy.

Outside of her practice, Catlin enjoys spending time with her husband, Taylor, and their two children, Kinsley and Rowan.

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University School of Law
  • B.A., Marquette University

Admission to Practice

  • State of Wisconsin
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Honors & Awards

  • CALI Award for Future Excellence in Trial Advocacy

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Presentations

  • 2019
    -NASP Annual Conference, “DENIED! An Update on the ‘Your Work’ Exclusion and Tips to Turn a Denial Letter into a Recovery,” co-presenter with Steven Theesfeld
    -Stevens Point, Wisconsin Live Burn Training. “Thinking Ahead: Winning Your Subrogation Case at the Fire Investigation Stage,” co-presenter with Teirney Christenson

Teirney S. Christenson

Teirney S. Christenson is the current managing partner of Yost & Baill’s Wisconsin office. In that capacity, Teirney oversees a talented team of attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants who are devoted to working with Yost & Baill’s clients to develop the best possible strategy for each individual subrogation claim.  Teirney focuses his practice on catastrophic losses throughout the United States involving defective products, construction defects, breach of warranty, breach of contract and tort claims, including claims arising from subrogation, contribution and indemnification.

Teirney began his legal career gaining invaluable trial experience at a law firm in Milwaukee, where he assisted clients with complex litigation in state and federal courts, including product liability, personal injury and construction defect cases. Prior to that, Teirney received his juris doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he learned to enjoy legal research and writing as a Note & Comment Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review and penned Fish on Morphine: Protecting Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Through a Comprehensive Plan for Proper Disposal of Pharmaceuticals, 2008 Wis. L. Rev. 141, which was awarded the Wisconsin State Bar Environmental Law Essay Award.

While earning his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) at Belmont University in Nashville, Teirney worked part-time as a barista, where he developed an appreciation for the word “y’all” and a palate for a good shot of espresso. You will rarely find him without a cup of coffee in his hand. When he’s not taking depositions, negotiating settlements or preparing cases for trial, you can find Teirney headlining local musical festivals with his band, Tallboy. His favorite people in the world are his wife, Leah, and his children, Kaydence, Quincey and Iloe. Quincey has loved coffee from his first sip (at age 2).

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin
  • B.A., Belmont University

Admission to Practice

  • State of Wisconsin
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • United States District Courts for the Southern District of Indiana

Honors & Awards

  • Wisconsin Environmental Law Essay Award Recipient
  • Wisconsin Law Review, Note & Comment Editor

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Board of Directors for City on a Hill, a Milwaukee Non-Profit Organization (2014-2019)

Presentations

  • UPCOMING, November 16 & 17, 2020
    -NASP Annual Conference, “Recent Developments, Trends, & Decisions in Property Subrogation,” co-presenting with Daniel de Luca
    -NASP Annual Conference, “The Twists and Turns of Catastrophic Property Losses: An EGGcellent Example,” co-presenting with Teirney Christenson and Jim Chamberlain of Nationwide
  • 2019
    -Various Locations. “Amazon: ‘Prime’ for Product Liability,” An Analysis of Products Liability in the eCommerce World.
    -Stevens Point, Wisconsin Live Burn Training. “Thinking Ahead: Winning Your Subrogation Case at the Fire Investigation Stage,” co-presenter with Catlin Pegelow
  • 2018
    -NASP Subrogation and Litigation: Skills and Management Conference, New Orleans, LA. Keynote Presentation – “Jury Research Focus Groups – Hitting the Bull’s-Eye: Putting Your Subrogation Claim in Focus,” co-presenter with Paul Scoptur and William Hoffman
    -NASP Subrogation and Litigation: Skills and Management Conference, New Orleans, LA. “A Humorous Look Behind the Scenes of Jury Selection,” co-presenter with Mark Grotefeld
  • 2017
    -NASP Subrogation and Litigation: Skills and Management Conference, Scottsdale, AZ. “Litigating CGL Exclusions in Construction Defect Cases: Arguments and Strategies for Establishing Coverage”
  • 2015
    -“The Evolution of ‘Your Work’ Exclusion and Strategies for Keeping Your Subrogation Claim Out of Its Grasp,” co-presenter with Steven Theesfeld

Publications

Phillip C. Theesfeld

Phil Theesfeld has been representing insurance companies in property, workers compensation and medical payment subrogation matters for over 20 years. An experienced trial attorney, he has guided several cases to successful verdicts and is one of only a handful of Wisconsin attorneys to have prevailed in a Rimes (made-whole) trial. Beyond the courtroom, Phil has participated in over 1,000 mediations during his career, and has developed the skills and relationships which allow him to consistently negotiate excellent recoveries for his clients. Outside the courtroom, Phil helps clients respond promptly to catastrophic losses, coordinating scene examinations and making sure that the right parties are put on notice. He works closely with fire investigators, electrical and mechanical engineers and materials experts to make sure that losses are investigated thoroughly and cost-effectively.

In 2005, Phil founded the Wisconsin Office of Yost & Baill and is its managing partner. Since then, it has grown to become one of Wisconsin’s leading subrogation firms, dedicated to the highest levels of customer service.

Phil has been actively involved in the National Association of Professionals for many years. He has served as co-chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of NASP, and on the WI Chapter’s Board of Directors. Phil is a frequent presenter at NASP local and national conferences on a variety of subrogation topics. In 2013, Phil was the recipient of the Spirit of NASP Award in recognition of his enthusiastic support and work on behalf of the subrogation industry.

Phil is a proud husband to Melissa and father to Megan, Grace Marie and Camden.

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • B.B.A. (with honors), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Admission to Practice

  • Wisconsin State Courts and United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of Spirit of NASP Award, November 4, 2013

Leadership

  • Track Leader, 2016 National Association of Subrogation Professionals Annual Conference
  • Track Leader, 2015 National Association of Subrogation Professionals Annual Conference
  • Past Co-Chair, Wisconsin Chapter of National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Board of Directors, Wisconsin Chapter of National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Track Leader, 2014 National Association of Subrogation Professionals Annual Conference

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Iron Cross Society, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Pyrotechnics Guild International – Certified Display Technician
  • New York Yankees Fan Club

Significant Reported Decisions

  • Gritzner v. Michael R., 235 Wis. 2d 781, 611 N.W.2d 906, 2000 WI 68.
  • Thomas v. Bickler, 258 Wis. 2d 304, 654 N. W.2d 248, 2002 WI App 268

Presentations

  • 2016
    -NASP Annual Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. Moderator – “Small But Mighty: Challenges and Opportunities for Smallish Subrogation Departments.”
    -Insurance Company Presentation, Tempe, AZ. “Wisconsin Medical Payments Subrogation”
  • 2015
    -Wisconsin Fire Loss Association – Fond du Lac, WI. “Wisconsin Property Subrogation”
    -NASP Annual Conference – Reno, NV. Moderator – “What I’ve Learned,” Panel Discussion of Former NASP Presidents
  • 2014
    NASP Wisconsin Chapter Meeting – Madison, WI. “Tips from the Trenches: Best Practices for Handling Property Subrogation Claims”
  • 2013
    -NASP Subro College 200 – “Mediation”
    -NASP Annual Conference – San Diego, CA. “Fireworks & Pyrotechnics Related Accidents”
    -NASP Wisconsin Chapter Meeting – Green Bay, WI. “Solving the Work Comp Subro Puzzle”
  • 2011
    -NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL. “Subro College 200 – Mediation”
    -NASP Wisconsin Chapter Meeting – West Bend, WI. “Spoliation Issues for Subrogation”
    -NASP Subrogation: Litigation Skills and Management Conference – San Diego, CA. “Healthcare Subrogation Mediation”
  • 2010
    -NASP Annual Conference – Dallas, TX. Subro College 200. “Mediation”
    -Insurance Company Presentation – Murfreesboro, TN. “Medical Payments Subrogation”
  • 2009
    NASP Wisconsin Chapter Meeting – West Bend, WI.” Subrogation for Minnesota No-Fault Benefits”
  • 2008
    -State Bar of Wisconsin, 31st Annual Torts Update – Madison, WI.” Muller v. Society Insurance: Redefining Wisconsin’s Made Whole Doctrine”
    -NASP Wisconsin Chapter Meeting – Appleton, WI. “Recent Changes to Wisconsin’s Made Whole Doctrine”
    -NASP Litigation Skills and Management Conference – Las Vegas, NV. “Mock Arguments in Healthcare Subrogation, Mock Summary Judgment on the Economic Loss Doctrine”
  • 2007
    -NASP Annual Conference – New Orleans, LA. “Subrogation and the Strange Loss Scenario”
    -Wisconsin Claims Council Fall Property Seminar – Sheboygan, WI. “Investigations for Subrogation”
    -NASP Litigation Skills and Management Conference – Las Vegas, NV. “Mock Arguments in Healthcare Subrogation”
  • 2006
    -CPCU Society – Greater Milwaukee Chapter Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. Mock Trial in Property Subrogation
    -NASP Wisconsin Chapter Meeting – Sun Prairie, WI.” Mock Rimes Hearing”
  • 2005
    NASP Minnesota Chapter Meeting – Eden Prairie, MN. Mock Trial in Auto Subrogation

Publications

  • “Bombs Bursting in Air: A Primer on Fireworks,” Fall 2005, Subrogator