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Erin M. Pawlowski

Ms. Pawlowski is a corporate attorney with experience in matters spanning a broad array of complex transactions and business issues. She works with companies in a variety of industries, including retail, apparel, consumer products, software, and banking and finance, among others. Ms. Pawlowski is passionate about providing excellent client service, finding creative and nimble solutions for her clients, and delivering advice in a succinct, actionable manner. Ms. Pawlowski previously litigated complex, high-stakes business cases for a large, private law firm.  She also previously served as in-house counsel for Carhartt, Inc., where she managed a broad range of legal matters, including corporate transactions, regulatory and compliance issues, intellectual property portfolio management and anti-counterfeiting initiatives, litigation matters, and legal process innovation, among others. 

Education & Credentials


The University of Michigan

B.G.S., 2006

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2010
  • The Wayne Law Review
    • Assistant Editor (2008-2009)
    • Senior Note & Comment Editor; Board Member (2009-2010)
  • Silver Key Certificate
cum laude

Bar Admission

  • Michigan



  • The Legal 500 United States  
    • Mergers & Acquisitions - Corporate and Commercial, 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America® 
    • Corporate Law, 2024

Prominent Assignments

  • Negotiated and drafted major licensing, collaboration, and sponsorship agreements with Fortune 500 companies.  
  • Negotiated and drafted major software licensing and other technology agreements.
  • Negotiated and advised clients with regard to the formation and operation of joint ventures, partnerships, and joint development relationships. 
  • Advised clients with regard to forming and operating foreign subsidiaries, including but not limited to locations in Asia, the EU, and South America.  
  • Redesigned a major apparel company’s entire contract review process, including leading the implementation of contract management software, to reduce contract cycle time and realize other efficiencies. 
  • Advise both buyers and sellers with respect to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and related transactions of all sizes and complexity.
  • Advise clients with regard to corporate structuring and reorganizations. 
  • Counsel businesses regarding general business and corporate planning issues, including entity choice, business formation, corporate governance, entity conversion, and dissolution.

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • University of Michigan Alumni Association
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