Freeborn & Peters Elects Steven D. Pearson as Co-managing Partner and Joseph L. Fogel to Executive Committee

Freeborn & Peters LLP has elected Steven D. Pearson as co-managing partner. He succeeds Joseph L. Fogel, who has been elected to the firm’s executive committee after serving as co-managing partner since 2019. 

As co-managing partner along with William E. Russell, Pearson is responsible for developing and executing the firm’s overall growth strategy, overseeing firm operations, managing firm expenses, policies and procedures, as well as developing strategies to accomplish the firm’s goals and initiatives.

As a member of Freeborn’s executive committee, Fogel is responsible for strategic planning, developing the firm’s mission, overseeing firm committees, allocating firm financial and management resources, and more.

Pearson joined Freeborn in 2018. He is a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group, a member of the insurance and reinsurance industry team, and co-leader of the insurance brokerage team. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal courts in Illinois and across the country. His practice emphasizes the areas of non-compete litigation, professional liability, insurance coverage, bad faith, reinsurance, and complex commercial litigation.  

Fogel is a partner in the firm’s litigation practice group and joined Freeborn in 1994. In addition to previously serving as co-managing partner, he is a former member and chair of the firm’s compensation committee. He has extensive experience litigating a multitude of complex business and commercial disputes in state and federal courts and arbitral forums nationwide.

Freeborn & Peters LLP is a full-service law firm with international capabilities and offices in Chicago; New York City; Richmond, Va.; Springfield, Ill.; and Tampa, Fla. The firm serves clients across a broad range of sectors and targeted industries through its pioneering interdisciplinary approach. Freeborn’s major achievements in litigation are reflective of the firm’s established reputation as a Litigation Powerhouse®, with one of the largest litigation departments among full-service firms of its size. Freeborn fully embraces its core values of integrity, effectiveness, teamwork, caring and commitment, and embodies them through high standards of client service and responsive action. Freeborn is committed to always looking ahead and seeking better ways to help its clients achieve greater success. For more information, please visit

Posted on March 1, 2022 by Celeste Antoinette Niemann
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