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 the 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 Kentucky Bar Association, the Kentucky appellate judiciary, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the 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.

Honors & Recognitions

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated

The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2013-2024; Litigation Intellectual Property, 2023-2024

Ohio Super Lawyers, General Litigation, 2014-2019, 2022

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, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2023

Professional & 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 to present

Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Fellows Committee, Board Member, 2005 to present

Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky, Board Member, 2008-2011

Boone County Public Library, Board of Trustees, President, January 2015-2021; Secretary, July 2013-December 2014

Boone County Public Library Foundation, Founding Board Member and Treasurer, June 2022 to present

International Association of Privacy Professionals, Member

Kentucky Bar Association, Member

Tennessee Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law and Litigation Sections, Member

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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., summa cum laude, 1993

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • 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
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.

Judicial Clerkships

  • The Honorable R. Guy Cole, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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