Eric has spent his entire career helping pharmaceutical and medical device companies manage risk. From mass tort litigation to individual compliance issues, the life sciences industry relies on Eric to help them navigate their most difficult
Eric advises pharmaceutical and medical device companies of all sizes. His work ranges from defending one of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies in its largest mass tort action to helping small life sciences companies ensure
regulatory compliance and avoid litigation altogether.
Eric has defended clients in litigation involving mass tort, personal injury, and wrongful death claims in state and federal courts. He has served as lead trial counsel and national counsel in defending claims throughout the U.S., litigated
in "virtual firms" for large mass torts, and represented clients against numerous single-plaintiff claims.
Equally comfortable with science and the law, Eric understands his clients' products and technologies and is able to communicate complex scientific issues to diverse audiences. He is adept at managing expert witnesses, explaining
difficult medical concepts to those outside the industry, and counseling scientists on the legal risks when bringing innovative products to market. Eric is also well-versed in a variety of pharmaceutical products and medical devices,
including hernia and pelvic mesh, cosmetic facial fillers, orthopedic knee injections, and pharmaceuticals for the treatment of epilepsy and psychiatric disorders.
Eric is also passionate about serving in the Atlanta community. He and his wife are certified foster parents and have taken six foster children into their home over the last two years (in addition to their four biological children).
Although fostering comes with seemingly endless diapers, bottles, and sleepless nights, their family believes the greatest way to make a lasting difference in the community is to open their home to those in need. Eric also serves in
leadership roles at his local church and coaches youth basketball, baseball, flag football, and soccer.
Served as lead trial counsel and national discovery counsel, and managed more than 10 expert witnesses for a global pharmaceutical company in multidistrict litigation involving thousands of pelvic mesh lawsuits.
Served as national counsel for a global pharmaceutical company in ongoing product liability matters arising out of recalled knee injections.
Developed case strategy as part of the core national defense/trial team and regularly argued before the MDL court on behalf of a global pharmaceutical company as one of the leads in an ongoing MDL involving hernia mesh.
Served as national counsel for a global pharmaceutical company defending claims involving a cosmetic facial filler device. Obtained dismissals as a matter of law, argued multiple appeals, and reached favorable settlements in remaining
Co-authored an amicus brief supporting a petition for a writ of certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Connors (No. 20-1149). The pending case involves claims brought by the Hawaii attorney
general in which two drug companies were denied a federal forum to raise First Amendment claims. On behalf of amici, the brief threads together the combined unfairness of being denied a federal forum to raise First Amendment
challenges with the due process concerns of private counsel in certain state attorney general matters.
Obtained favorable settlement for a global pharmaceutical company defending a wrongful death claim involving an antiepileptic drug.
Obtained dismissals and favorable resolutions for a global pharmaceutical company in wrongful death matters involving an antipsychotic medication.
Advised the senior management team for a small California-based medical device manufacturer seeking FDA approval to market a low-cost female contraception medical device to public clinics in the U.S. The device obtained approval
and is currently being marketed.
Served as counsel for a talc manufacturer defending various product liability and wrongful death matters.
Advised a foreign industrial machinery manufacturer regarding product liability risks associated with selling specific types of industrial equipment in the U.S.
Obtained a favorable settlement in a catastrophic burn case involving an individual who made contact with an underground power line using a jackhammer.