Marc K. Pawlus Associate



Marc Pawlus represents clients in complex litigation, primarily in the areas of transportation, complex torts and general commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He has successfully represented clients in matters involving catastrophic injuries, FELA, product liability and premises liability. Marc is experienced in all aspects of litigation – seeking early resolution through pre-suit negotiation, filing or responding to complaints, conducting discovery efficiently, briefing pre- and post-trial issues, working with experts, trying cases, and pursuing or defending appeals. Whether drafting a complaint, writing a brief or positioning a case for settlement, Marc works diligently for Wilson Elser clients to make complex facts understandable and tell their story.

Before joining Wilson Elser, Marc represented Class I railroads, and family-owned and midsize businesses in general commercial litigation, complex tort claims and FELA claims. He enjoys evaluating and analyzing complex issues and interpreting the law to effectively advise clients.

Representative Matters

Successfully represented junior college by obtaining dismissal with prejudice of lawsuit claiming violations of the Illinois Antitrust Act, tortious interference with business expectancy, and violation of the University Credit and Retail Sales Act concerning the sale, buyback and subsequent resale of academic textbooks. 

Obtained dismissal with prejudice for Class I Railroad in claims brought by former employees for injuries caused by exposure to heavy metals, manganese, diesel exhaust and creosote. 

Successfully represented minority investor in Hospitality Company operating in Illinois and Wisconsin against the majority shareholder and CEO. The minority shareholder brought claims for violation of blue sky laws, fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty, in addition to obtaining dismissal of counterclaim against minority investor for breach of contract. 

Represented rum manufacturer in claims brought by minority investor seeking dissolution of the manufacturer based on breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of operating agreement.