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Steven M. Anderson

Professional Experience

For over 29 years, Steve’s legal practice has focused on solving problems. Whether in a courtroom, arbitration, mediation, or just in meetings or telephone calls, Steve tries to use legal analysis, common sense and communication to resolve problems so the client can move on with their business or life. These problems frequently involve businesses or business owners, but also involve estate planning issues and securities issues.

Unfortunately, some of the problems cannot be resolved easily or quickly. In those situations, Steve is prepared to and experienced at going to trial or using other legal means to obtain a final decision from a Court or arbitrator. Steve has tried dozens of cases over the years, to both juries and Courts, and has participated in over a hundred mediations and arbitrations. That experience allows him to see the bigger picture in attempting to solve a problem for a client. In fact, even though he does not advertise his availability as a mediator, many attorneys seek him out as a mediator simply because of his experience and ability to help solve problems.

Following are recent experiences:

  • Represented a corporation in a complicated claim by a shareholder which included an attempt to dissolve the corporation.
  • Represented a construction company in an arbitration in which the company claimed it was owed several million dollars.
  • Represented numerous shareholders in an action brought by another shareholder concerning the operation of the corporation.
  • Advised numerous corporations on contracts and insurance issues.
  • Represented a manufacturer on a claim that production equipment designed and manufactured for its facility was defective.
  • Represented two partners in upholding the language in a partnership agreement covering the buyout of a departing partner.
  • Represented taxpayers in a dispute with the IRS over a claim by the IRS that active investment losses were instead passive.
  • Represented a taxpayer on a trust fund recovery penalty matter.
  • Defended a manufacturer in a lawsuit involving claims that former employees of the Plaintiff improperly brought trade secrets and other confidential information when they joined Steve’s client.

An Eau Claire transplant, Steve and his family have been a part of the community since 2006. He’s developed a true appreciation for Eau Claire and serves (and has served) on a number of civic boards aimed at making the community an even greater place. Steve is currently on the board for and President of Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. and is a board member for the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce. In these roles, Steve does what he does best … help them solve problems.

Education

  • B.A., University of Minnesota - Duluth (1985) 
  • J.D., University of Minnesota (1988)

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association - Section Member: Litigation; Business Law
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Section Member: General Practice; Litigation
  • Eau Claire County Bar Association

Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court 
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin 
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Professional Activities

  • Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin - Board Member (2004 - 2008)
  • Commercial Law League of America - Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Legal Hotline Volunteer
  • The Defense Research Institute, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers

Civic Activities

  • Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity - Director (2006 - 2013); President (2012 - 2013); House Pricing Committee 
  • Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. - Board Member (2012 - Present), President (2018 - Present)
  • Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce - Board Member (2017 - present)
  • ERC, Inc. - Board of Directors, Treasurer (2006 - 2013)

Articles

Presentations

  • Early Dispute Resolution: Don't Make a Federal Case Out of It - 10/8/08 and 10/15/08
  • Playing Above the RIM: Preventative Tips on Records and Information Management - 9/12/07 and 9/26/07
  • Litigation Aspects of Disputes - 6/5/07
  • Construction Liens - 5/23/06 and 5/25/06
  • The Business Litigation Process & Electronic Discovery Issues" - 5/2/06 and 5/9/06