Eric L. Maassen is a partner in the Litigation Department of Foley & Lardner LLP. Mr. Maassen focuses on the areas of fiduciary litigation and environmental litigation. He also has experience in the areas of real estate litigation and life, health, and property and casualty insurance and reinsurance litigation, and has a deep background in a broad spectrum of commercial disputes.
In the area of fiduciary litigation, Mr. Maassen represents clients in contested estate and trust matters, including disputes involving the validity and construction of estate planning documents, claims of breaches of a fiduciary’s duties to beneficiaries, will contests, and other claims against and on behalf of estate representatives, trustees, and beneficiaries.
In the area of environmental litigation, Mr. Maassen has litigated contribution and cost recovery suits, defended groundwater contamination suits by private landowners, defended against challenges to air and water permits, represented a client in a natural resource damages case, litigated insurance coverage for environmental liabilities, and litigated claims for professional liability relating to advice about regulatory rules.
Mr. Maassen also has represented clients in private landowner trespass and nuisance actions and stray voltage suits.
Mr. Maassen also has handled complex business disputes in the fields of sales of goods, technology licensing and development agreements, product distribution, franchising, stock and asset purchase agreements, real estate, products liability, and consumer protection laws.
In the insurance area, Mr. Maassen has extensive experience with reinsurance relationships involving, among others, non-standard automobile and workers compensation business. He also has significant experience with disputes involving CGL and other types of primary business insurance.
Mr. Maassen is a graduate of Wartburg College (B.A., summa cum laude, 1993) and the University of Virginia (J.D., 1997). While in law school, he served as notes editor for the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law.
Admissions and Professional Memberships :
Mr. Maassen is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the District of Colorado, and the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
He is vice president of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association. Mr. Maassen serves on the Board of Directors of Milwaukee’s First Stage Children’s Theater.
Representative Matters :
- Foley represented a national P&C insurer in a dispute with the state liquidator for Colorado Western Insurance Company (CWIC) over the release of assets in a reinsurance trust securing CWIC’s reinsurance obligations to the P&C insurer.
- We successfully negotiated and obtained a court order preserving the assets from the insolvent estate and allowing the assets to be released to our client over time as claims were paid.
- Defense of a national bank in a high profile antitrust lawsuit brought by American Express against Visa, Mastercard and several Visa/Mastercard member banks.
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