A member of Husch Blackwell’s Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation team, 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.