Eric’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and dispute resolution in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as arbitration and mediation forums. Eric ‘s cases have encompassed a broad range of matters, including securities litigation, lender liability issues, employment discrimination and wrongful discharge, product liability, unfair competition and anti-trust, real property disputes, and domestic and international contract disputes.
Extensive practice in state and federal courts, and before arbitration forums, including FINRA, NASD, NYSE, and AAA.
Counsel for multiple lenders, securities brokerage firms, secured creditors, and commercial landlords.
Counsel for multiple employers relating to employment disputes, including wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, ADA claims, and violation of noncompetition agreements. Our proactive approach has led to successful outcomes using alternative dispute resolution procedures.
Counsel for both employers and employees in employment contract disputes involving non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.
Extensive experience in conducting internal investigations and advising clients on compliance issues and regulatory issues.
Counsel for Horizon Air in a $78 million RICO and securities fraud case brought in federal district court in Spokane, Washington, which was dismissed on our motion for summary judgment. The dismissal was affirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Counsel for Mitsubishi Corporation in an Alaska antitrust class action arising out of the Bristol Bay salmon industry. Plaintiffs alleged compensatory and punitive damages totaling $975 million; we negotiated a favorable settlement prior to trial.
Professional and Civic Involvement
King County Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Adjunct Professor, University of Washington Trial Advocacy Program
First Place School for Homeless Children
Board Member, 1994 to 2006
Little League Baseball and SYSA Soccer
Honors / Awards / Prior Experience
Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics
Law Clerk for The Honorable William L. Dwyer, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
J.D., University of Washington School of Law, with highest honors
First in Class
Order of the Coif
Editorial Board, Washington Law Review
A.B., Stanford University
Phi Beta Kappa
Washington State Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District
U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
Lived in Helsinki, Finland, and Cliveden, England. I enjoy hiking, canoeing, and running.
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