Eric is a dynamic litigator and creative problem solver who provides answers to complex issues with efficiency and appreciation for the big picture. He is as comfortable in the courtroom as he is at the settlement table. In both settings, Eric is a passionate advocate of his client’s interests. He serves his clients as both lawyer and counselor – being right on the law while guiding them through complex commercial concepts with an honest and straightforward approach. Eric executes an efficient and cost-effective approach to every matter while remaining steadfast to ensure a thorough and sound representation.
Areas of Expertise
Insurance Defense Litigation
The strength of Eric’s expertise lies in representing both insureds and insurers in complex defense litigation. He has deposed plaintiffs, law enforcement witnesses, treating physicians, and forensic and other expert witnesses. Eric’s thorough research and case preparation establish a position of strength to approach each case with confidence and flexibility to yield the best possible result.
Eric has litigated cases involving construction and property defects, contract disputes, restrictions on rights to work, and covenants not to compete, as well as personal injury matters involving construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, and slip-and-fall events. Straightforward communication and timely response are key to his clients’ continued record of success and satisfaction.
Eric is a veteran of appellate court in New York, where he has successfully argued nearly 100 appeals before the Appellate Division. He has also argued before the New York’s highest court – the Court of Appeals. Eric specializes in habeas corpus and post-conviction relief in both state and federal courts.
Representation of property owners seeking special use permit to convert single-family residence to two-family dwelling, within the parameters of the Zoning District at the time. Successfully argued Article 78 proceeding in New York State Supreme Court, overturning Village of Geneseo Planning Board’s earlier denial of special use permit request.
Successfully appealed lower court ruling using novel evidentiary argument contending that County Court erred in precluding defendant from examining and cross-examining certain witnesses with respect to a previous allegedly false allegation, calling into question complainant’s credibility (People v. Bridgeland, 19 AD3d 1122 [4th Dept 2005]).
Challenged Family Court order that prohibited client from procreating. Argued successfully, citing language in governing statute and regulations, as well as case law that the Family Court had no authority to issue an order of “no pregnancy” (see In re Bobbi Jean P., 46 AD3d 12 [4th Dept 2007]).
New York State
All state-level courts in New York
Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department
Western District of New York
Northern District of New York
Associate, Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP (2007 – 2010) Rochester, NY.
Handled defense of personal injury and property damage cases.
Represented insurance companies and their insured’s in complex insurance litigation.
Served as second-chair in medical malpractice cases, deposing witnesses and cross-examining at trial.
Monroe County Office of the Public Defender (2004 – 2007) Rochester, NY.
Perfected more than 50 appeals to the Appellate Division, Fourth Department.
Successfully argued two high-profile Appellate Division cases dealing with novel evidentiary issues
Successfully challenged Family Court order in which client was prohibited from procreating.
Menter Rudin & Trivelpiece P.C. (2002 – 2004) Syracuse, NY.
Researched complicated legal issues related to Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) actions and bankruptcy proceedings.
Assisted litigation of sprawling federal education law matter before United States District Court, Northern District (See Merle v. Baderman, 305 AD2d 1059 [4th Dept 2003]).