Eric G. Pearson: Lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP

Eric G. Pearson

Milwaukee,  WI  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Government Enforcement, Compliance & White Collar Defense
  • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
University Marquette University, Honors B.S., Economics, summa cum laude, 2005 Marquette Law Review
Law SchoolMarquette University, J.D., summa cum laude, 2007 Marquette Law Review
Admitted2007, Wisconsin; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Eric G. Pearson is a business-litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where his practice involves counseling and litigating in a variety of areas, including financial- and accounting-related controversies, appellate litigation, professional-malpractice cases, and shareholder disputes. In addition, he has represented clients in internal investigations and enforcement-defense actions in the health care, financial, and professional-sports industries. Mr. Pearson is a member of the firm's Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Appellate, and Government Enforcement, Compliance & White Collar Defense Practices.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Pearson served as a law clerk for Judge Diane S. Sykes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 2007-08.

Representative Cases
• Represented Albert Trostel & Sons in Albert Trostel & Sons Co. v. Notz, 679 F.3d 627 (7th Cir. 2012), on an appeal from an appraisal action brought by a dissenting minority shareholder. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's judgment in favor of Albert Trostel & Sons.
• Represented Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. in State of Wis. ex rel. Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. v. Circuit Court for Milwaukee County, in which the law firm sought a supervisory writ of prohibition to prevent the circuit court from rendering judgment based on its pre-litigation advice to its client. 2012 WI App 120, 344 Wis. 2d 610, 823 N.W.2d 816. After oral argument, the court of appeals granted the writ.
• Represented the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District in Bostco LLC v. Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, 2013 WI 78, 350 Wis. 2d 554, 835 N.W.2d 160, and Cianciola, LLP v. Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, 2011 WI 86, 335 Wis. 2d 147, 803 N.W.2d 850 (review denied), cases in which the sewerage district had been sued for damage allegedly caused during construction of its deep-tunnel project.
• Represented Evanston Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Markel Corp., in Evanston Insurance Co. v. Guaranty Bank, E.D. Wis., No. 13 cv 707, a dispute involving the interpretation of credit insurance issued to Guaranty Bank on its high-LTV home-equity portfolio.
• Represented Morgan Drexen in In re Morgan Drexen, Inc., No. 10-S-127, in state and agency proceedings in which the administrator of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (Division of Banking) conducted a three-day contested-case hearing regarding the Department's ability to regulate lawyers and legal assistants as adjustment-service companies under Wis. Stat. 218.02.

Other Representative Experience
• Represented a Fortune 500 company in an internal investigation regarding allegations that it violated FDA regulations by marketing medical devices before receiving 510(k) clearance.
• Represented a multi-billion dollar financial institution in an internal investigation and subsequent SEC investigation stemming from allegations that the bank had fraudulently overstated the value of its loan portfolio to investors and regulators.
• Represented a Japanese citizen (and former CEO of a global company's US division) in a DOJ investigation into anticompetitive conduct in the automotive industry.
• Represented a group of private-equity funds in a AAA arbitration regarding the seller's representations concerning the value of certain contracts for supplying materials at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Professional Memberships
• Seventh Circuit Bar Association (co-chair of the Planning Committee for the 2015 Annual Meeting, and Wisconsin Chair of the Membership Committee)
Wisconsin Appellate Law, co-editor and author (
• Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, member
• State Bar of Wisconsin, Appellate Practice Section, member
Marquette Law Review, member (2005-06) and editor (2006-07)


Mr. Pearson is a graduate of Marquette University, with degrees in law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2007) and economics (Honors B.S., summa cum laude, 2005), where he received the Walter M. Froehlich Award for the Outstanding Senior in Economics, and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Sigma Nu.

• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
• State of Wisconsin


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Seventh Circuit Warns Intervenors Not to Sleep on Their Rights
Eric G. Pearson, October 17, 2014
It’s an ancient principle of equity, drawn from Roman law: Equity relieves the vigilant, not those who sleep upon their rights. And it sums up quite well the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in SEC v. First Choice Management Services, Nos. 14-1270 & 14-2284 (Sept. 11, 2014). First...

Seventh Circuit Uses Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(5) to Reopen 23-Year Old Judgment
Eric G. Pearson, October 15, 2014
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b)(5) allows a party to move for relief from a final judgment on the ground that “it prospectively is no longer equitable.” Motions under Rule 60(b)(5) must be made “within a reasonable time” under Rule 60(c)(1), but subsection (c)(1)...

7th Cir. Explains What Same-Sex Marriage and Voter ID Have in Common
Eric G. Pearson, October 3, 2014
What do cases involving challenges to same-sex-marriage and voter ID laws have in common?

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Eric G. Pearson

777 East Wisconsin Avenue
MilwaukeeWI 53202-5306


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