Erik practices civil trial law, including employment law, business law, and commercial litigation. He represents businesses and individuals in all aspects of commercial litigation, including tort claims, employment actions, construction defect issues, contract disputes, and intellectual property matters. Erik practices at all levels of the state and federal court systems and administrative agencies, from the lowest small claims court to the U.S. Supreme Court, from initial client meeting through trial and, if necessary, appeal.
Erik’s employment practice is primarily management-side where he focuses on HR advising, policy drafting, and litigation. As the former Director of HR for a mid-size Austin law firm, he is uniquely qualified to advise employers both big and small on regulatory compliance and litigation avoidance techniques.
Erik also acts as ‘outside in-house counsel’ for businesses of all sizes. He is well versed in corporate governance issues and assists and advises C-suite executives and managing directors, partners, and shareholders on all manner of internal corporate policy. Erik is also skilled at advising founders at start-up stage and positioning them for growth while ensuring their business is insulated from risk.
On a Personal Note
Erik is a New England transplant. Before moving to Austin, he practiced litigation at a medium-sized firm in New Hampshire representing small businesses, banks, and cities and towns.
Staying active is important to Erik. He doesn’t golf, but he’s always happy to take his clients rock climbing. He’s been climbing and instructing for over twenty years.
Erik is also active in the legal community. He’s an active member of DRI, the Defense Research Institute; the Tufts University Lawyers Association; and the Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court. He previously taught undergraduate competitive mock trial at the University of New Hampshire and continues to coach the undergraduate team at UT Austin.