- Health Care
- Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Technology Protection
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Appellate Practice
- Business and Commercial
- Class Actions
- Consumer Lending and Lender Liability
- Employment Litigation
- False Claims Act and Qui Tam
- Financial Institutions Litigation
- Health Care Litigation
- Insurance and Insurance Coverage
- Intellectual Property
- Internet Defamation
- White Collar Defense
- Privacy & Data Security
- University of Cincinnati College of Law, J.D., 1996, Order of the Coif
University of Cincinnati Law Review, Associate Member, 1994-1995, Editorial Board, 1995-1996
- Thomas More College, B.A., 1993, summa cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
- The Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Eric is a partner in the Vorys Cincinnati office and a member of the litigation practice group. His practice is focused on civil litigation and white collar criminal defense work and encompasses complex commercial, banking, insurance, data breach, construction, and intellectual property litigation.
Career highlights include:
Appointed on four occasions by the Kentucky Governor as a Special Justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court
Represented multiple defendants in one of the largest patent infringement multidistrict litigation cases in history, which involved approximately 200 defendants and a portfolio of more than fifty patents in the field of automated call center technology relating to automated attendant, automated call distribution, voice response unit, computer telephone integration and speech recognition
Successfully defended large financial institution in dozens of cases in state, federal and bankruptcy courts, arising out of the failure of a large commodities dealer
Obtained substantial recoveries, including seven-figure amounts, for clients in intellectual property and complex commercial litigation
Defeated class certification, prevailed on summary judgment and defended judgment through the United States Supreme Court on behalf of a large financial institution in a case asserting breach of contract and statutory claims related to the imposition of checking account fees
Successfully defended large life insurers in various putative class actions in state and federal courts asserting claims for bad faith and unjust enrichment
Successfully defended large life insurers in putative class action alleging misrepresentations and breach of contract in connection with the sale of annuity products
Successfully represented several large investors in actions alleging securities law violations and misrepresentations in connection with the sale of residential mortgage backed securities
Defeated class certification in action alleging sexual harassment by a large automobile parts supplier
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a large financial institution in commercial loan dispute alleging losses of more than $25 million
Obtained dismissal on behalf of a large financial institution in an action alleging losses of more than $100 million as a result of alleged breach of contract
Successfully represented media company at trial in action alleging multimillion-dollar damages from alleged breach of contract and misrepresentations in connection with the sale of multiple radio stations
Prevailed in a leading case in the Sixth Circuit that defined a bank's obligations to its customers under Ohio's adoption of Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code
- Representing banking clients in a variety of significant data breach cases involving national merchants, including a breach that was described at the time as potentially largest retail security breach ever to have occurred in the United States.
Eric has presented on the issues of data security, privacy and breach, and on payment card penalties and class action litigation arising out of data breaches to various organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the 2015 Chief Information Security Officer Executive Summit. Eric has also presented seminars regarding recent developments in the law of intellectual property, management of litigation in the workplace, the duties of design professionals in construction cases, and the damages available to plaintiffs against architects and engineers in construction cases.
Eric teaches information privacy and data protection law, and intellectual property law -- including patent, copyright and trademark law -- as an adjunct professor at the Northern Kentucky University – Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Eric is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell.
Eric received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He was also an associate member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review as well as a member of the editorial board. Eric received his B.A. summa cum laude from Thomas More College.
Eric clerked for the Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Professional and Community Activities
- Cincinnati Bar Association, Character and Fitness Committee, Member, Chair (2013-2014); Chair-Elect (2012-2013); Vice-Chair (2011-2012); Secretary (2010-2011)
- Salmon P. Chase Inn of Court, Program Committee Member, 2010-Present
- Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Fellows Committee, Board Member, 2005-Present
- Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky, Board Member, 2008-2011
- Boone County Public Library, Board of Trustees, President (January 2015 – present), Secretary (July 2013 – December 2014)
- International Association of Privacy Professionals, Member
- Kentucky Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Sections, Member
Honors & Awards
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
- The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2019
- Ohio Super Lawyers, General Litigation, 2014-2018
- Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, General Litigation, 2005-2007, 2009, 2011-2013
- Leading Lawyer in Civil Litigation, Cincy Magazine, 2008
- Leading Lawyer in Business Litigation, Cincy Magazine, 2010-2014
- 8/15/2018One hundred and thirteen lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019.
- 12/5/2017Vorys is pleased to announce that 56 attorneys from the firm have been named 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
- 8/17/2017One hundred and eight lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018.
- 2/8/2017Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is proud to announce nine attorneys from the Cincinnati office have been named “2017 Leading Lawyers” by Cincy Magazine.
- 12/2/2016Vorys is pleased to announce that 58 attorneys from the firm have been named 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
- 8/15/2016One-hundred and eleven lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017.
- 12/2/2015Vorys is pleased to announce that 63 attorneys from the firm have been named 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
- 8/17/2015One-hundred and eighteen lawyers from Vorys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016.
- 12/3/2014Vorys is pleased to announce that 74 attorneys from the firm have been named 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
- 8/18/2014One-hundred and ten lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.
- 2/3/2014Vorys is proud to announce nine attorneys from the Cincinnati office have been named “2014 Leading Lawyers” by Cincy Magazine.
- 12/4/2013Eighty-one attorneys from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP have been named 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. 57 Vorys attorneys were named 2014 Ohio Super Lawyer and 24 Vorys attorneys were named 2014 Ohio Rising Stars.
- 8/14/2013One hundred and eleven lawyers from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.
- 2/1/2013Vorys announced that nine attorneys from the firm's Cincinnati office have been named “2013 Leading Lawyers” by Cincy Magazine. The Leading Lawyers survey is conducted annually by the magazine. Winners are nominated by colleagues outside their firm and chosen by a panel of their peers.
- 12/17/2012Seventy-Seven attorneys from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease have been named 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
- 8/23/2012One hundred and twenty-six lawyers from Vorys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013.
- 2/1/2012Vorys announced that nine attorneys from the firm's Cincinnati office have been named “2012 Leading Lawyers” by Cincy Magazine.
- 10/17/2018Four Vorys attorneys presented at the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2018 Kentucky Law Update.
- 10/4/2018Four Vorys attorneys presented at the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2018 Kentucky Law Update.
- 9/27/2018Four Vorys attorneys presented in the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2018 Kentucky Law Update.
- 9/13/2018Four Vorys attorneys presented in the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2018 Kentucky Law Update.
- 8/24/2018Four Vorys attorneys presented in the Kentucky Bar Association’s 2018 Kentucky Law Update.
- 4/19/2018On April 19, 2018 three Vorys attorneys presented at the 2018 Kentucky Court of Appeals Spring Conference in Frankfort, Kentucky
- 10/13/2017Vorys attorneys Eric Richardson, Jake Mahle, JB Lind and Nathan Colvin spoke at the 2017 Northern Kentucky University-Chase College of Law Cybersecurity Symposium on October 13, 2017. They will address legal developments and implications of data breaches and investigations including: addressing the types of threats; the impact of breaches; and preservation of the attorney-client privilege in the investigation and steps to limit liability.
- 10/21/2016Nathan Colvin, J.B. Lind, Jake Mahle and Eric Richardson were speakers at the NKU Cybersecurity Symposium on October 21, 2016.
- 3/11/2016Vorys attorneys Nathan Colvin and Eric Richardson were speakers at the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Southwest Ohio Chapter Meeting on March 11, 2016.
- 6/8/2015Vorys Partner Eric Richardson participated in a panel at the Cincinnati CISO Executive Summit on June 8, 2015.
- 9/10/2014Vorys partner Eric Richardson presented a webinar hosted by the American Bar Association on September 10, 2014.
- 1/31/2013Vorys hosted the seminar, The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Year in Review, on January 31, 2013.
- 5/3/2012Vorys attorneys Terri Abare, Eric Richardson, Kim Schaefer, Kent Britt, and Jason Hodges participated in the seminar, The Best Defense is a Good Offense: How to Manage Litigation in the Workplace on May 3.
- 9/7/2018Large companies are not the only businesses that have an obligation to protect their customers’ data.
- 3/28/2018Client Alert: Supreme Court Cert Denial Leaves Confusion in Determining Standing in Class Action Data Breach CasesThe United States Supreme Court denied a petition for a writ of certiorari last month in CareFirst, Inc. v. Attias permitting a data breach class action to proceed against a medical insurer.
- 2/20/2017Whitepaper: Consumer Class Actions Arising from Data Breaches Present a Battleground for Standing to Bring SuitA team of Vorys attorneys recently authored a whitepaper that outlines the U.S. Supreme Court’s Clapper decision and the impact it may have on decisions related to standing in data breach suits.
- 1/14/2015Earlier this week, President Obama gave a speech at the FTC laying out an agenda on privacy and data security issues, and indicating that the topic is important enough to the administration that it will be included in his upcoming State of the Union address. Generally, the initiative’s goals include tackling identity theft, protecting the privacy of student data and working toward a general privacy “bill of rights” to provide comprehensive data and privacy protections.
- 6/30/2014On June 20, Florida’s governor signed into law a replacement to its former breach notification statute, called the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014. This law is going into effect very quickly (July 1, 2014), and will be one of the most robust breach notification laws in the country. The Florida law did not necessarily break new ground, but it incorporated into one law many of the recent trends that have been passed in other states.
- 6/2/2014On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in the case of Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Case No. 12-786), that will have the immediate impact of limiting liability for inducement to infringe under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) where no party is liable for direct infringement under §271(a). In at least the short-term future, defendants accused in a patent suit of inducing infringement of a method claim, where no one party has performed or controlled the performance of all steps of the method, should have a solid basis for seeking dismissal of that suit for failure to state a cause of action.