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Godfrey & Kahn Adds Brian Pierson to Lead Indian Nations Law Team

February 01, 2006

The law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. announced the addition of Brian L. Pierson as leader of the firm’s Indian Nations Law Team.

Prior to joining the firm, Pierson chaired the Indian Law practice at the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper, S.C. He has represented tribes in a broad range of matters, including economic development, tribal law development, business and finance, affordable housing, health care, and treaty rights.

Pierson won ACLU-Wisconsin’s Civil Libertarian of the Year award for his representation of the Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Tribe in a federal lawsuit to prevent interference with tribal members’ off-reservation, treaty-reserved fishing rights. He is past chair and Board member of the State Bar’s Indian Law Section. He was also selected by his peers in the legal community as one of Wisconsin’s "Super Lawyers" and recognized in Milwaukee Magazine.

Pierson is a member of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, local state and federal courts, and several tribal courts. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, cum laude, in 1983 and served as law clerk to Federal District Judge Myron L. Gordon, Eastern District Wisconsin, from 1983-85.

Founded in 1957, Godfrey & Kahn maintains offices in Milwaukee, Madison (La Follette Godfrey & Kahn), Appleton, Green Bay, and Waukesha, WI and Shanghai, PRC. With more than 190 attorneys, Godfrey & Kahn provides legal and business advice to clients ranging from small businesses and governmental entities, including Indian nations, to large privately and publicly held national and international companies.

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