Eric G. Pearson: Lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP

Eric G. Pearson

Milwaukee,  WI  U.S.A.

Peer Rating

Client Rating

Printer Friendly VersionEmail this PageDownload to My Outlook ContactsAdd lawyer to My FavoritesCompare this lawyer to other lawyers in your favorites

Experience & Credentials

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


Documents by this lawyer on

Subscribe to this feed

Sarbanes-Oxley Casts a Wide Net, Literally
Eric G. Pearson, August 12, 2014
Congress passed Sarbanes-Oxley in 2002 to deal with the accounting scandals that resulted in the downfall of the likes of Enron, Tyco, Worldcom, Arthur Andersen, and others. In its October Term 2014, the Supreme Court will decide if the act’s anti-shredding provision applies to fish.

It's Not a Federal Question: 7th Circuit Sends Case Involving Affordable Care Act Funds Back to State Court
Eric G. Pearson, July 17, 2014
What is or what is not a federal question under Grable & Sons Metal Products, Inc. v. Darue Engineering & Manufacturing, 545 U.S. 308 (2005), is an issue that continues to perplex lawyers, judges, and law students alike. In Hartland Lakeside Joint No. 3 School District v. WEA Insurance...

Too Little, Too Late: Seventh Circuit Reaffirms the Limits of a Registration Proceeding Under 28 U.S.C. § 1963
Eric G. Pearson, July 14, 2014
In Goldman v. Gagnard, No. 12-2706 (June 27, 2014), the Seventh Circuit (in an opinion authored by Judge Tinder) waded into a long-running, continent-spanning dispute, which it characterized as “Dickensian” in character, arising out of water leaks in a California house that was sold ten...

Profile Visibility
#321 in weekly profile views out of 4,991 lawyers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
#118,525 in weekly profile views out of 1,512,663 total lawyers Overall

Office Information

Eric G. Pearson

777 East Wisconsin Avenue
MilwaukeeWI 53202-5306


Professional Networking for Legal Professionals Only

Quickly and easily expand your professional
network - join the premier global network for legal professionals only. It's powered by the
Martindale-Hubbell database - over 1,000,000 lawyers strong.
Join Now