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Erin (Maggie) Cook

Erin (Maggie) M. Cook

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Erin (Maggie) Cook

Maggie Cook is a member of Godfrey & Kahn’s Litigation Practice Group and practices in the firm’s Milwaukee office.

Maggie represents a broad range of clients in a variety of complex commercial disputes including: labor and employment litigation, financial services litigation, real estate and construction litigation, contract actions, and business torts. Maggie has litigated in state and federal trial and appellate courts and before various administrative agencies.

Maggie maintains an active labor and employment litigation practice. She has experience representing businesses in discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour, non-compete, and trade secret theft matters.

Maggie also has significant experience representing mortgage lenders and servicers in complex residential foreclosure actions. Her recent work includes assisting with work-outs, defending counterclaims filed in response to foreclosure, and obtaining affirmation of foreclosure judgments on appeal.

Maggie graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School. While in law school, Maggie served as a student attorney in the Criminal Appeals Clinic gaining hands on experience arguing post-conviction motions and writing appellate briefs. Prior to law school, Maggie worked for one year at a law firm in Illinois where she handled various condominium and homeowner association matters. She also worked for two and one half years at Godfrey & Kahn as a litigation paralegal.

Representative Experience

Maggie has been a member of several Godfrey & Kahn trial teams and has contributed to the success of several cases.  Examples of some of the favorable results for our clients include:

Obtaining entry of a protective order by a federal court quashing a subpoena by class-action plaintiffs and preventing the disclosure of a corporation's trade secret business methodology in multi-state, federal class action litigation.

Obtaining a more than $12 million dollar federal jury verdict for a publicly-traded company relating to the theft of its customers by a former representative.

Obtaining a “zero verdict” in a state jury trial defending several corporations against a landlord’s multi-million dollar claim for rent and expenses relating to a former production site, including a summary dismissal of a “pierce the corporate veil claim” against a parent corporation, a directed verdict extinguishing over $3 million of alleged lease liabilities, and a jury verdict against the landlord on all remaining claims.

Admitted To Practice

Wisconsin - 2009

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Associations

American Bar Association
Association for Women Lawyers
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
Milwaukee Bar Association
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin


Milwaukee Bar Association – Vice President and Board of Directors, Executive Committee


Recognized as a Wisconsin Rising Star (2015 – present)

Honored as a 2019 "Leader in the Law" by the Wisconsin Law Journal

2019 Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation

Blog Posts

Protecting clients and competitive intelligence during key employee departuresJanuary 29, 2020All In A Day's Work | Employment | Labor | Blog
Wisconsin Supreme Court issues landmark decision curbing employer’s ability to prohibit employee solicitationJanuary 19, 2018All In A Day's Work | Employment | Restrictive Covenants | Blog


Juris Doctor, University of Wisconsin Law School, cum laude

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Minnesota Paralegal Institute, American Bar Association approved

Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Behavioral Sciences and Law, with distinction

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