Eric is former managing partner of the firm’s Jacksonville office. He has practiced for 22 years in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on complex business and financial litigation matters.
His litigation experience includes a wide array of commercial contract matters, business torts, real property disputes, and distribution and franchising matters in federal and state courts and arbitral forums.
In addition to commercial litigation, Eric’s practice includes the representation of corporate fiduciaries in trust and fiduciary litigation matters.
Eric is a member of the Sedona Conference and frequently speaks to law departments, bar and industry groups on electronic discovery issues.
Eric also spent one year as in-house litigation counsel for Michelin North America, Inc., with responsibility for managing commercial franchising matters.
- Representation of a national rail transportation company in numerous lawsuits by adjoining landowners and residents challenging existing operations and planned rail facilities. Obtained summary judgment based upon federal preemption in four separate cases. Three cases subsequently appealed and affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Representation of national bank in putative federal court class action seeking to certify a class of borrowers with allegedly improperly calculated ARM adjustments. Obtained summary judgment on individual plaintiff’s claim prior to class certification. Affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Representation of national franchisor in numerous state and federal court lawsuits and arbitrations with the owner of several terminated franchises. Prevailed in several arbitrations enforcing post-termination restrictive covenants. Obtained summary judgment in state court lawsuit filed by terminated franchisee companies. Affirmed by the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
- Representation of national franchisor in Lanham Act false advertising action against terminated franchisees. Obtained preliminary injunction and case resolved with entry of stipulated final judgment.
- Representation of named charitable beneficiary foundation of a trust in Florida state court lawsuit by Delaware Attorney General seeking to intervene to invalidate a prior judgment modifying the charitable trust. Motion for post-judgment intervention denied by trial court and affirmed by Florida First District Court of Appeal.
- Representation of international power company in federal court litigation resulting from construction of power plant in Pakistan. Favorable settlement achieved.
- Duke University School of LawJD1993
- Johns Hopkins UniversityBAPolitical Science1990
Member, Florida Bar Association
Member, Working Group 1, Sedona Conference
Member, Jacksonville Bar Association
Member, Federal Bar Association
- Speaker, "Fiduciary Litigation Update", 12th Annual Fiduciary Advisory Services Seminar, October 4, 2017
- Speaker, "Fiduciary Litigation Update", 11th Annual Fiduciary Advisory Services Seminar, October 5, 2016
- Speaker, "Fiduciary Litigation Update", Issues Confronting Fiduciaries, October 7, 2015
- Speaker, "Fiduciary Litigation Update", Issues Confronting Professional Fiduciaries, October 7, 2014
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Selected for inclusion as a “Leading Lawyer,” Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation, Florida, Legal 500 US, 2018-2023
Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Transport: Rail and Road – Litigation and Regulation, 2021, 2022, 2023
Selected for inclusion as a “Florida Legal Elite,” Florida Trend, 2021
Master, Chester Bedell Inn of Court, 2011-Present
Barrister, Chester Bedell Inn of Court, 1997-2000
- Author, “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda:” Keyword Search for Privileged Documents Insufficient By Itself to Maintain Protection After Inadvertent Production, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, June 11, 2008
- Author, Preserving Your Client’s Confidential Information: Another Electronic Nightmare, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, June 5, 2008
- Author, Careful What You Ask For – Proper Formatting of Requests for Production of Electronically Stored Information, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, February 1, 2008