Eric L. Maassen is a partner in the Litigation Department of Foley & Lardner LLP. Eric 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, Eric 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, Eric 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. Eric also has represented clients in private landowner trespass and nuisance actions and stray voltage suits.
Eric has represented clients in a variety of industries, including electric generation and distribution, consumer kitchen products, the pipeline industry, electric motor manufacturing, metal recycling, automated assembly systems, heavy vehicles, paper manufacturing and distribution, medical diagnostics, chemical process modeling software development, and the airline industry.
Eric 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, Eric 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.
Before joining Foley, Eric served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Rudolph T. Randa, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Selected Publications and Speaking Engagements
Eric’s recent publications and speaking engagements, in addition to other internal firm training and CLE presentations, include the following: