Erik J. Pless

Phone: (920) 435-3734    |   Fax: (920) 435-0126

Paralegal Assistant: Alicia Stern


An active trial attorney in Northeast Wisconsin since 1993, Erik Pless has litigated more than 75 jury trials to verdict. He practices exclusively in the fields of insurance and tort law, defending insureds and insurers in personal injury, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. Erik also handles product liability, legal and other professional malpractice, premises liability and mold litigation. He earned Board Certification as a Civil Trial Specialist from the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 2004 and has been named a SuperLawyer in the field of insurance defense annually since 2008.   From 1998-2018, Erik authored the chapter on insurance law for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law.

Erik served on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Defense Counsel. Outside the office, Erik is an endurance athlete, finishing 5 Ironman distance triathlons.


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Areas of

  • General Insurance Defense Litigation

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation

  • Auto Litigation

  • Bad Faith

  • Professional Malpractice

  • Premises Liability

  • Products Liability

  • Mold Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Wisconsin

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

  • Menominee Tribal Court


  • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    University of Wisconsin Law School – Madison, Madison, WI

    • Honors: Moot Court Board, Best Oralist at Product Liability Competition

  • ​B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI

    • ​Honors: magna cum laude

Memberships, Publications and Recognition

  • WDC Leaders Attorney Spotlight, WDC Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal Winter 2020 (Page 55)

  • Wisconsin Super Lawyer Law & Politics magazine 2008-to present

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by The National Board of Trial Advocacy 2004 to present

  • “Superb” rating from

  • “Insurance Law Chapter” Annual Survey of Wisconsin Law The State Bar of Wisconsin 1998 to 2016

  • “Is Our Relationship Special?” NAMIC Insurance Connection July 2011

  • Trial Advocacy Instructor – 2013 Lawyering Skills Course

    • University of Wisconsin Law School

  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel (formerly Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin)

    • Board of Directors 1998-2003

  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys 2014-present

  • Defense Research Institute

  • The Honorable Robert J. Parins American Inns of Court

  • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating (2022)

Erik Pless genuinely believed in our innocence and took a chance with our case when few others would have. He took the time to get to know us and familiarized himself with our case, using his extensive knowledge of the law and experience to create a solid defense. Erik was always professional, honest, and encouraging.  With so much at stake, there was no one we would have rather put our trust in. We will forever be grateful for Erik's unwavering support and expertise.

( J.B., West Bend, WI )