Wisconsin Appellate Law monitors appellate law developments of interest to the business community in Wisconsin. We track the Wisconsin appellate courts — Supreme Court and Court of Appeals — the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and, when relevant, the U.S. Supreme Court. We follow the courts’ calendars throughout their terms and report and comment on decisions, including how the decisions may affect Wisconsin businesses.
Thomas L. Shriner, Jr.
Tom Shriner, Jr., a partner and member of Foley’s Appellate Practice, has an extensive appellate practice in both state and federal courts. Tom has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system and has been named the Best Lawyers® 2011 Milwaukee Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year.
Tom was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1972 and is also admitted before the U.S. Supreme Court, several U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts in Wisconsin and Colorado, and the U.S. Tax Court. He is a past president of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.
Eric G. Pearson
Eric Pearson, a senior counsel and member of Foley’s Appellate Practice, represents clients in appellate litigation before state and federal courts. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association and serves on the board of the Appellate Practice Section of the Wisconsin State Bar.
From 2007 to 2008, Eric served as a law clerk for Judge Diane S. Sykes on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Eric was graduated from Marquette University with degrees in law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2007) and economics (Honors B.S., summa cum laude, 2005). He is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Seventh Circuits and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin and the Southern District of Illinois.
Philip C. Babler
Philip Babler is an associate and a member of Foley’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.
From 2011 to 2012, he served as a law clerk for Justice David Prosser on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Philip graduated from Marquette University with degrees in law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2011) and political science and French language and literature (B.A., magna cum laude, 2007). He is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Rachel M. Blise
Rachel M. Blise is an associate and member of Foley’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice. Before joining Foley, Rachel was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Houston, Texas. She also served as a legal intern for the Office of the United States Trustee and a judicial intern for the Honorable Diane S. Sykes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the Honorable Susan V. Kelley, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Rachel earned her law degree from Marquette University Law School (J.D., summa cum laude, 2010), and a bachelor’s degree in theater and communications from Carthage College (B.A., summa cum laude, 2003). She is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Ryan N. Parsons
Ryan N. Parsons is a senior counsel and litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice and Food & Beverage Industry Team.
Before joining Foley, Mr. Parsons served as a law clerk for the Hon. Diane S. Sykes, U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. During law school, he worked as a summer associate in Foley’s Milwaukee office (2009) and as a judicial intern to the Hon. David T. Prosser, Jr., Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Hon. Lynn S. Adelman, U.S. District Court.
Ryan earned his J.D. from Marquette University Law School, where he was a senior articles editor for the Marquette Law Review and earned five CALI Awards. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame (B.A., cum laude, 2005) and was a Notre Dame Scholar. Ryan is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.