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What is the Big "I" Legal Services Hotline?

The IIAW's General Counsel is Josh Johanningmeier (pictured at left). The Association frequently receives member inquiries seeking advice that requires legal counsel. In many instances, the questions can be answered quickly by Josh and the experienced legal team at Godfrey & Kahn.


The Association believes that extending Hotline Legal Services—through Godfrey & Kahn on a limited basis and at no cost to member agencies, is a valuable addition to the extensive services available to Big "I" members.

Learn More About Josh and His Areas of Focus



Hotline Legal Services are available to all current Association member agencies at no charge, subject to the general guidelines listed in the brochure below and limited to 15 minutes.



Service Limitations

Hotline Legal Services is restricted exclusively to insurance or agency operations questions. The service is not available for personal legal questions.



How Do Members Use This Service?

There are two ways to access Hotline Legal Services—telephone and e-mail. Whichever method you choose, you will receive a response within one business day, if not immediately.



Toll-Free Telephone: 877-236-1669



Whether you contact Godfrey & Kahn by e-mail or telephone, you will need to:

• Identify yourself as an IIAW member seeking Hotline Legal Services

• Provide the name if your agency so that eligibility can be verified

Give the general nature of your question, so that an appropriate attorney can consult with you


If the attorney who will be counseling the member is unavailable when the call is received, the call will be returned to the agency within one business day.


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About Josh Johanningmeier

Josh is a shareholder in Godfrey & Kahn’s Products Liability & Torts Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Litigation and Insurance Practice Groups. 


Josh represents employers in federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies. Josh defends wage-and-hour class and collective action cases, including leading the defense of the two largest delivery driver class actions filed against Wisconsin employers. Josh also defends individual harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims. He also litigates disputes regarding restrictive covenants, trade secrets, wage claims, whistleblower claims and termination disputes.


Josh is the chair of the firm’s Products Liability and Torts Practice Group. In product litigation, Josh defends manufacturers in cases involving personal injury, wrongful death and property damage. In addition to litigation, Josh works with manufacturers to assess and develop on-product warnings as well as instruction and user manuals for products. He also counsels manufacturers, distributors and retailers on regulatory compliance and recall issues, including incident and defect reporting to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Josh has defended and counseled clients on matters involving numerous products, including asbestos-containing products, adhesives, all-terrain vehicles and ATV accessories, automobiles and automobile accessories, building products, laundry and cleaning chemicals, clothing, fasteners, furniture, magnets, motorcycles, pneumatic tools, personal watercraft, respirators, snowmobiles, toys and vehicle accessories.


Josh is also a member of Godfrey & Kahn’s Insurance Practice Group, where his practice includes serving as General Counsel to the Independent Insurance Agents of Wisconsin (the “Big I”), the state’s largest insurance agency trade association, which provides a Legal Services Hotline to its membership (IIAW Hotline Information). Josh also represents insurance companies and agents in litigation and before the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance.