Whether engaging in early dispute resolution efforts or taking a case to trial, Eric’s focus is always client-oriented while providing savvy and effective counsel on complex litigation matters across a range of practice areas.
Co-chair of Phillips Lytle’s Life Sciences & Health Effects Team, Eric has defended cases centered on cutting-edge scientific and medical issues, with an emphasis on developing and presenting expert witness testimony and opposing expert witnesses proffered by adverse parties. He has represented some of the largest international pharmaceutical companies in various life science matters across the U.S., including GlaxoSmithKline, AbbVie, Sanofi and Bristol Myers-Squibb. He has also represented an innovative clinical research company in a dispute with its sponsor, as well as individuals in various kinds of disputes such as a trustee of a large nonprofit foundation in a dispute with other trustees.
Among other topics, Eric has published articles and spoken on topics dealing with scientific issues, expert testimony and innovative legal issues. He is also an experienced trial lawyer who has tried more than 40 cases to verdict in state and federal courts, and has argued appeals in all levels of appellate courts in New York State, including in the New York State Court of Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Selected for the New York Metro Super Lawyers® list, 2006-2007, 2010, 2013-2022
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
Named the Best Lawyers® Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year” in New York City, 2016
Education & Admissions
Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1979
Hamilton College, B.A., cum laude, 1976
Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Defended a multinational pharmaceutical company in multidistrict litigation involving claims of increased incidence of heart attack and stroke associated with a diabetes medication.
Defended a multinational pharmaceutical company in federal and state litigation involving an antidepressant medication and claims of birth defects when used by pregnant women.
Defended a major metropolitan zoo in the New York Court of Appeals against claims that an elephant in its care was entitled to habeas corpus rights.
Represented a global chemical company accused of knowingly producing a chemical that contaminated drinking water in various communities.
Represented a trustee in a dispute with other trustees of a major Western New York foundation over the future of that foundation.
Defended a multinational pharmaceutical company in federal litigation pertaining to birth defects alleged to have been caused by historical clinical evaluation of thalidomide over a half-century prior.
Advised a multinational pharmaceutical company regarding scientific defenses available to refute claims that the company’s H2-receptor blocker was carcinogenic.
Defended a multinational pharmaceutical company in multidistrict litigation against allegations that an anti-nausea medication induced birth defects when used during pregnancy.
Defended a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in multidistrict litigation relating to allegations of increased risk of heart attack from a prescription testosterone replacement medication.
Successfully tried cases on behalf of a multinational pharmaceutical company defending its breast implant products.
Defended two different large pharmaceutical companies against claims that their cough-cold remedies caused hemorrhagic strokes.
Defended a large contractor in a dispute over the construction of a nuclear power plant.
Defended a contractor in a dispute with the City of New York regarding the construction of a structure integral to the delivery of clean water to New York City residents.
Represented both doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases, including cases that went to trial and resulted in defense verdicts.