EducationSeattle University School of Law, JD 1996
Indiana University, Bachelor of Science 1993
Legal and Professional AssociationsWSAJ
Trial Lawyers College
Western Trial Lawyers Assoc.
HonorsPerennial Super Lawyer
Trial lawyer of the year WDTLA 2013
Trial Lawyer of the Year TLC 2006
Eric is part of a dying breed of trial lawyers who tries civil and criminal cases with equal passion, sophistication, and success. Landmark cases include the creation of the constitutional right of intimate association in Washington State, where Eric protected the rights of low income housing residents against oppressive “crime control” measures. Eric represented George Clinton, the iconic funk musician/artist in the largest copyright case in American history, and helped him keep his catalogue of work. Eric obtained the largest compensatory damages verdict for one person in Washington State ($91,000,000).
With over 100 cases tried to a verdict, few lawyers can match Eric’s experience in court. With cases ranging from Murder to white collar crime, and medical malpractice to toxic fume cases, even fewer lawyers can match the breadth of experience in various fields of law. A student in the art of trying cases, Eric’s mentors are Paul Luvera, Gerry Spence and Rick Friedman. Eric has tried cases with his friend, Nick Rowley, and counts Bill Barton as a close personal friend. As a result of these connections, Eric has insights into many of the greatest legal minds to ever practice law.