Brian Spahn is a member of the litigation group of Godfrey & Kahn's Milwaukee office. Brian's practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and white collar defense and internal investigations. He has handled banking and financial services litigation, antitrust, insurance, employment and trade secret misappropriation matters as well as managed complex class action defenses. Before joining the firm, Brian practiced law for over three years as part of the Litigation team at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in Washington, D.C. Brian is licensed in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.
Brian's recent work includes successfully defending against a multimillion dollar trade secret misappropriation case, a breach of contract claim brought against members of a failed investment vehicle, fraudulent transfer claims related to loans allegedly involved in a Ponzi scheme, and a wrongful termination Title VII case. In addition, a significant part of Brian's practice focuses on white collar defense and internal investigations. Brian has been involved in numerous internal investigations working for municipalities, nonprofit organizations and corporate boards of directors and audit committees on issues ranging from employment matters to securities and corporate governance issues. In representing corporate clients, Brian has worked with federal and state law enforcement when appropriate on fraud and trade secret misappropriation cases.
While practicing in Washington, D.C., Brian was involved in his firm's work attempting to restore the rule of law at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Brian also has a significant background working in Wisconsin government and politics. Prior to law school, Brian was the State Outreach Director for U.S. Senator Herb Kohl where he oversaw federal appropriation and grant requests, handled constituent services and managed Senator Kohl's district schedule.
Admitted To Practice
Wisconsin - 2006
Illinois - 2006
Washington, D.C. - 2007
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court, District of Columbia
United States District Court, District of Maryland
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
American Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
State Bar of Illinois
State Bar of Wisconsin
ABA Corporate Counsel Section of Litigation Publication Subcommittee - Chair
Milwaukee Riverkeeper – Board of Directors
Shorewood Alumni Association – President
Recognized as a Wisconsin Rising Star (2015 - 2016)
Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, cum laude (Senior Articles Editor, Wisconsin Law Review and member, Moot Court Board)
Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison