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Overview

Eric advocates for business clients in premises and product liability cases that allege exposure to asbestos, benzene and industrial chemicals.

A seasoned litigator, Eric excels at handling depositions in cases of national scope. As a significant part of his practice, he defends petrochemical companies against mass tort claims related to toxic exposures on drilling rigs and offshore oil platforms, and in plastic production facilities.

As the firm's lead attorney on workers' compensation cases in Missouri and Illinois, Eric represents businesses and consults with the firm’s national legal team on proactive strategies to protect client interests. He also advises clients on construction litigation and commercial disputes, as well as questions involving complex, multimillion-dollar insurance coverage claims.

Eric conducted his first jury trial and argued before the Missouri Court of Appeals within his first year of practice and has since appeared before state and federal courts and administrative bodies throughout Missouri and Illinois, and has tried cases in multiple jurisdictions. Having worked at an international insurance company and at law firms of all sizes, he offers clients the personal focus reflective of a small firm, along with the technology, cost-effective processes and collaborative resources afforded by a large national practice. Clients appreciate his ease in building rapport no matter the environment.


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Education

  • J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
      • Wiley Rutledge Moot Court
  • B.A., Grinnell College
    • History

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar, Litigation Committee; Insurance Law Committee; Construction Law Committee
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Experience
  • Served as corporate counsel for construction consulting company in multimillion-dollar insurance subrogation action related to catastrophic roof failure.
  • Prosecuted and defended mechanics lien actions for contractors, owners and lending institutions from initial filing of notice of lien through appellate argument.
  • Defended company against U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) investigation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) whistleblower complaints.
Case Studies
CSC Sugar LLC

When the U.S. Commerce Department amended a prior suspension agreement regarding the importation of Mexican sugar in 2017, it changed the purity definition of refined sugar, effectively altering the product definition for trade purposes and significantly imperiling the business of CSC Sugar, whose cutting-edge refining processes were developed to use a higher purity input. CSC came to Husch Blackwell’s international trade team to help craft a strategy to deal with this unexpected hazard.

Thought Leadership
Outside the Office

Much of Eric's leisure time revolves around the interests and activities of his daughter.

Eric is also an avid music lover of all genres and eras, ranging from Baroque to the Black Keys. Host of a radio show in college, Eric has maintained his FCC operator license and taken over a spare bedroom as a music room. His wife, Betsy, works at the firm as a manager for Growth & Innovation.