Eric helps clients resolve complex disputes in difficult circumstances. His practice focuses on all kinds of commercial, product liability and tort litigation, particularly in matters involving significant financial exposure and intricate legal issues.
Stationed in Shook’s Denver office, Eric has represented clients in forums throughout the country with cases involving a multitude of state laws. His experience includes mass tort matters consolidated into multidistrict litigation, as well as class action proceedings. Outside of the courtroom, Eric is well versed in using arbitration to expediently resolve high-stakes business disputes in a cost effective manner.
Eric has worked with clients in a wide variety of industries, including the information technology, healthcare, medical/surgical device, finance/lending and automotive sectors, among many others. The breadth of his experience informs his ability to quickly learn new industries and subject matters.
While advocating for his clients’ interests, Eric remains dedicated to the highest levels of collegiality and ethics.
Class Action - Trial Counsel. Eric is a member of a trial team retained to represent a national nursing-home chain in a previously certified class action headed to trial in Arkansas state court.
Product Liability Litigation. Eric supported the trial team in the defense of design defect, failure to warn and punitive damages claims against a pipe-component manufacturer, resulting in a complete defense verdict (New Jersey).
Confidential JAMS Arbitration. Eric second-chaired the prosecution of a breach-of-contract and declaratory judgment action following the $1.3-billion sale of a global healthcare technology business unit (California).
Multidistrict Litigation. Eric served as national coordinating counsel for dispositive motions in a consolidated pelvic mesh MDL. He led a team of attorneys in identifying and briefing summary judgment issues for approximately 150 initial cases. The legal issues included statutes of limitation, negligence, product liability, breach of warranty, loss of consortium, and punitive damages under more than 40 states’ laws, as well as Daubert challenges to various expert witnesses. In re Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Product Liability Litig. (S.D. W. Va.).
Confidential Arbitration. Eric defended a client in a commercial dispute involving claims of lost revenue and lost business value exceeding $240 million (North Dakota).
Confidential Mediation. Eric helped to resolve contract and consumer protection claims in a commercial dispute involving alleged losses of more than $30 million (South Carolina).
Medical Device Litigation. Eric helped obtain summary judgment for a client in a case alleging various product defects related to a surgical stapler (Minnesota).
Automotive and Commercial Vehicle Litigation. Eric supported the trial team in a case involving allegations that faulty brakes were responsible for a school bus crash, resulting in a full defense verdict. Gleason v. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Sys. (Missouri).
White-Collar Criminal Defense. Eric represented a client in the largest federal false claims case prosecuted in Missouri, obtaining a sentence of less than half of the time originally sought by the government and below the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines range. U.S. v. Poynter, II (W.D. Mo.).
Working with Experts under the Amended Federal Rules, Tort Academy (December 2013).