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.
•Represented Albert Trostel & Sons inAlbert 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. inState 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 inBostco LLC v. Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, 2013 WI 78, 350 Wis. 2d 554, 835 N.W.2d 160, andCianciola, 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., inEvanston 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 inIn 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 aFortune 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.
•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 (wiappellatelaw.com)
•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