March 10, 2015

Oliver F. Hays
Phillips Lytle LLP


The nonprofit national organization provides ukuleles to hospitalized children for use in music therapy programs

New York, N.Y. – Eric M. Kraus, a partner with Phillips Lytle LLP, a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence, has joined the board of directors of the Ukulele Kids Club (UKC).

The UKC is a nonprofit organization with the mission of donating ukuleles to children’s hospitals nationwide for music therapy programs. Every child identified by a board certified music therapist is given a ukulele to bring home as a gift of music for life. The organization has donated the musical instruments to more than 40 hospitals where kids are taught to play the ukulele during their stays, taking them home when they are released to aid in continuing their physical and emotional healing.

At Phillips Lytle, Mr. Kraus focuses his practice on complex civil litigation matters including mass torts and class actions, pharmaceutical products liability, medical device liability and toxic torts. He has defended cases centered on cutting edge medical and scientific issues, with an emphasis on developing, presenting and opposing expert witness testimony. Mr. Kraus is also an experienced trial lawyer who has tried more than 40 cases to verdict in state and federal courts.

He was selected for the Metro New York Super Lawyers® list, 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2013, and cited by The Best Lawyers in America© in 2015 for his practice in the area of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants.

Mr. Kraus earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, from Hamilton College.

He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, American Bar Association, Brooklyn Bar Association, and New York City Bar Association, serving as chairman of the Science & Law Committee. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Food, Drug & Cosmetic Law and Trial Lawyers sections.

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