Marissa A. Peirsol

Associate

Columbus
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Overview

Marissa Peirsol is an aggressive litigator who represents businesses and individuals in an array of high-stake disputes. Not afraid to take a case to court, her goal is to reach a favorable resolution for her clients, whether it involves trial or settlement.

Marissa’s practice focuses on corporate litigation, class action defense and both internal and external investigations. Her substantial experience includes securities and finance-related cases, matters governed by the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), and complex contract and insurance-related disputes. She has played a critical role in managing large-scale discovery and developing and implementing strategy for cases in which the liability threatens a company’s ability to do business.

Marissa’s background contributed to her versatility. After graduating from Northwestern University, she worked as a television morning news anchor for a handful of years. “Good Morning Central Texas” led Marissa to Dallas, Texas, where she started and managed a real estate company. She also served as judicial clerk for two federal district courts. The combination of these experiences culminated in Marissa's skill and understanding as a lawyer.

Marissa serves on the firmwide Women’s Committee, as well as on the Columbus Office Business Development and Recruiting Committees. She also holds a board seat on the Ohio Women’s Board Association and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio.

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General Corporate 

  • Representing one of the largest global hospitality and vacation corporations in critical litigation stemming from the timeshare “exit” industry's alleged unlawful practices harming the timeshare industry and its timeshare owners.

Insurance Matters and Class Action Defense

  • Defending a regional insurer in a purported class action involving payment and reporting requirements under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act that has brought the MSP Act to the forefront of insurance defense litigation.

Government Regulatory Enforcement and Internal Investigations

  • Represented a field services company in an SEC investigation related to accounting for employee PTO and general financial controls. Prepared executives for testimony before a governmental agency and drafted a whitepaper to be presented to the same panel of attorneys.

M&A and Securities Litigation

  • Defending a derivative action for a healthcare company alleging breach of fiduciary duties against present and former company officers and directors.
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Experience

General Corporate 

  • Representing one of the largest global hospitality and vacation corporations in critical litigation stemming from the timeshare “exit” industry's alleged unlawful practices harming the timeshare industry and its timeshare owners.
  • Representing a nationwide bank in action brought by a borrower for claims governed by the UCC. Served in a lead role making strategic pretrial decisions and settlement negotiations.
  • Obtained a favorable pretrial resolution for a leading education company in a breach of contract dispute against the State of Ohio.
  • Defended a government monetary authority in an adversary proceeding alleging fraudulent transfer in bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York resulting in a dismissal pursuant to the certain exceptions to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Insurance Matters and Class Action Defense

  • Defending a regional insurer in a purported class action involving payment and reporting requirements under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act that has brought the MSP Act to the forefront of insurance defense litigation.
  • Represented one of the nation’s largest property and casualty insurers in various class action lawsuits relating to overhead and profit and labor depreciation practices. Successful in excluding expert witness option and obtaining a favorable summary judgment ruling.
  • Served as outside counsel for family of life insurance companies in litigation alleging claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy with regard to the sale of premium-financed life insurance policies.

Government Regulatory Enforcement and Internal Investigations

  • Represented a field services company in an SEC investigation related to accounting for employee PTO and general financial controls. Prepared executives for testimony before a governmental agency and drafted a whitepaper to be presented to the same panel of attorneys.
  • Represented an oil and gas company in an SEC investigation related to an alleged securities fraud scheme stemming from the sale of oil-and-gas working interest to investors.
  • Conducted an internal investigation related to employee billing practices for the hedge fund owner of an oil and gas processing plant.

M&A and Securities Litigation

  • Defending a derivative action for a healthcare company alleging breach of fiduciary duties against present and former company officers and directors.
  • Defended an oil and gas corporation and its directors in a series of stockholder actions relating to the company’s merger.
  • Defended an oil pipeline company and its directors in unitholder class actions and derivative litigation arising from an environmental incident with another publicly traded corporation.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

Pro Bono

  • Successfully represented prison legal newspaper concerning First Amendment issue.

Prior Positions

  • The Honorable W. Royal Furgeson, Northern District of Texas: Law Clerk (2012)
  • The Honorable A. Joe Fish, Northern District of Texas: Judicial Extern (2009)

Admissions

  • Texas
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, magna cum laude; SMU Law Review: Staff Editor, Articles Editor; Moot Court Best Brief Nominee, Oral Advocate Winner
  • B.S., Northwestern University, cum laude

Languages

  • Spanish