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Overview

Erik focuses on administrative and regulatory law, with an emphasis on workplace safety in heavily regulated industries, such as mining, energy and aviation.

Erik’s knowledge and insight into the aviation industry is unsurpassed. With over 20 years of experience as both a Navy and commercial pilot, Erik is exceptionally positioned to help these industry clients. He’s received specialized training from the Transportation Security Administration and previously worked as a flight instructor. This unique collection of expertise means Erik is adept at representing airlines, pilots, certificate holders and aircraft manufacturing suppliers during FAA inspections, DOT enforcement actions and litigation. He is co-chair of the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“drones”) practice group and provides his valuable insight to clients through training, speaking engagements, and frequent contributions to industry blogs.

Erik has a significant success-rate representing mine operators during MSHA enforcement actions and investigations, and various chemical, energy and manufacturing companies in response to OSHA investigations following workplace accidents, incidents and whistleblower cases. His experience also extends to advising government contractors on transactional matters, bid protests and civil litigation. Clients value his responsiveness, diligence and dedication to finding business-oriented legal resolutions.

Retiring in 2018 from the Navy Reserve as a Navy Captain with 30 years of combined active and reserve experience, Erik is able to give more time to his probono practice, assisting local nonprofits like UAS Colorado and the Colorado Association of Black Engineers and Scientists. He’s also pursuing an advanced degree in cybersecurity law, recognizing the evolving technology landscape and the benefits that this knowledge will bring his clients.


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Recognition

  • Meritorious Service Medal for service as Commanding Officer at the Office of Naval Intelligence Reserve Unit 0287, Salt Lake City, Utah 2015
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal for service on the military faculty at the National Intelligence University, Washington, D.C., 2014
  • Meritorious Service Medal for service as Executive Officer and Senior Intelligence Officer at the Naval Mining and Antisubmarine Warfare Command, 2011
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal related to Operation Enduring Freedom, 2009
  • Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute’s Annual Prize for Academic Excellence in Land Use Planning, 2007

Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
      • Order of St. Ives
  • B.A., Cornell University

Admissions

  • Colorado

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Transit Alliance Citizens Academy, focusing on the mass transit vision for Denver and the Front Range through the year 2030, Graduate, 2009
Experience
  • Counseled national security industry client on its response to letter of investigation from the Federal Aviation Administration. We convinced FAA to close investigation with no enforcement action or penalty.
  • Persuaded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to reduce a proposed civil penalty by 79 percent. The informal settlement saved our client money and avoided unfavorable media coverage.
  • Defended multiple employers during OSHA enforcement actions related to amputation injuries, resulting in dismissals, modifications of citations and substantial reductions in penalties.
  • Advised employer during FAA investigation of an alleged violation of hazardous materials regulations. Case was closed with no adverse findings or penalties assessed against the employer.
  • Advised an airline operator that prevailed against frivolous whistleblower claims raised by OSHA, demonstrating that the airline’s proper use of disciplinary policies were not linked to the alleged protected activity.
  • Defended pilots and operators during FAA enforcement actions and providedcollaborative representation for a Colorado community’s safety concerns about specific airport landing patterns.
  • Served as co-counsel for a government contractor’s bid protest before the Court of Federal Claims involving classified information.