Eric's practice focuses on high-stakes litigation. He represents clients in complex business, commercial, product liability and tort matters throughout the country, particularly in trials and arbitration. His experience also includes appeals, mass torts and class action proceedings.
Eric has worked with clients in a wide variety of industries, including the information technology, healthcare, alarm protection, finance/lending, computer software, medical device and automotive sectors, among many others.
Unfair Competition - Trial Counsel. Eric was a member of two trial teams that prosecuted Lanham Act and common law unfair competition claims against alarm services providers that compete with Shook client ADT. Eric examined more than two dozen customer and third-party trial witnesses, helped depose and present numerous company and expert witnesses and led the teams' fact development. The cases resulted in multimillion-dollar recoveries for the client.
Business Litigation – 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 health care technology business unit.
Commercial Litigation & Appeal. As part of a team representing American Express in a suit brought under the Fair Credit Billing Act involving an issue of first impression, Eric obtained complete dismissal with prejudice of all claims through dispositive motions practice. The dismissal was affirmed on appeal in a published opinion by the Tenth Circuit, creating favorable precedent for dismissal of other similar suits brought throughout the country.
Automotive Product Liability Litigation. Eric represented a multinational engineering and electronics company in litigation involving product defect claims.
Business Litigation. Eric defended a corporate client against claims of fraud, misrepresentation, tortious interference and estoppel in connection with an alleged wrongful termination of an authorized dealership relationship, where the plaintiff alleged nine-figure damages. Following dispositive motion practice that resulted in orders significantly diminishing plaintiff's claims, the case resolved on a confidential basis.
Class Action - Trial Counsel. Eric was a member of a trial team retained to defend a national nursing home chain in a case involving allegations of chronic understaffing. The class, which had been certified prior to Shook's engagement, claimed damages in excess of $100 million. The case resolved before trial while several case-dispositive motions were still pending.
Commercial Litigation. Eric represented the former chief executive officer of one of California’s largest prefabricated building component manufacturers in a $20 million litigation stemming from the alleged breach of a guaranty agreement securing a commercial loan.
Trade Secret and Non-Competition Litigation. Eric obtained a preliminary injunction against three former employees of a leading national credit restoration business prohibiting the former employees from engaging in competitive business or disclosing the client's trade secrets contrary to their employment agreements. Eric presented the client's CEO as the primary witness at the injunction hearing and drafted the successful motion papers. The injunction resulted in a confidential settlement in favor of the client.
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.
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, all theories of 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.
Commercial Litigation – Confidential Arbitration. Eric was a member of a trial team that defended a Fortune 500 client in a complex commercial dispute involving claims of lost revenue and lost business value exceeding $240 million.
Business Litigation. Eric helped to resolve contract and consumer protection claims in a business dispute involving alleged losses of more than $30 million.
Medical Device Litigation. Eric helped obtain summary judgement for a leading medical device manufacturer in a case alleging various product defects related to a surgical stapler used in a gastric bypass revision surgery.
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 where plaintiffs sought to recover in excess of $50 million in economic damages. Following an eight-week trial, the jury returned a full defense verdict.
White-Collar Criminal Defense. As court-appointed counsel under the Criminal Justice Act, Eric defended a client against a 72-count federal indictment for conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing fraudulent tax returns in excess of $95 million. Following a plea agreement in which 70 counts of the indictment were dismissed, the judge imposed a sentence of less than half the time originally sought by the government and below the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines range.
Common Drafting Errors That Create Litigation Risk, Association of Corporate Counsel Fall Frenzy, Denver, Colorado, October 4, 2018.
Working with Experts under the Amended Federal Rules, Tort Academy, Kansas City, Missouri, December 5, 2013.