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Litigation Attorney

Real Estate and Riparian Rights

Much of Eric's practice concerns challenges faced by other riparian owners, including boundary disputes, quiet title actions, deed restrictions, adverse possession, land use and zoning matters, environmental issues, riparian rights, easements, road ends and access issues.  Though not unique to riparians, waterfront property owners encounter these issues more than most.  Eric's real estate practice also includes landlord/tenant law, construction lien and other construction law matters.

Family and Other Closely Held Business Disputes

Eric works with closely held businesses, including a number of family-owned businesses.  Eric has significant experience litigating claims involving noncompete agreements, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder oppression, derivative claims, tortious interference, trade secrets, conversion and the misappropriation of confidential business information.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Eric has represented individuals and businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, in a variety of contract, dealership, franchise and other business disputes.  Many of those matters involve a tremendous volume of documents and electronically stored information.  Eric is proficient in matters of e-discovery, including preservation and production protocols.  In addition to taking dozens of cases through trial, Eric has handled appeals in both state and federal appellate courts.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America®, 2011

Leading Lawyers: Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law; Real Estate Law - Commercial; Real Estate Law - Residential

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

Kalamazoo County Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

Austin Lake Riparians, Inc., past president

City of Portage Planning Commission, past vice chair

Cornerstone Alliance, Chairman’s Advisory Council

Kalamazoo County Metropolitan Planning Commission

Long Lake Association, Inc., Board member

News & Publications

Presentations

People v Moore:   The Role of Discretion in Indeterminate Sentencing, 1989 Det. C.L. Rev. 1275

 Pandora's Damages and the Undoing of Tort Reform: An Argument Against the Recovery of Hedonic Damages Under Michigan's Wrongful Death Act, 1992 Det. C.L. Rev. 77 

Articles on Michigan's Construction Lien Act

RICO Litigation Seminar, New York, New York, September 1992

Publications

Education

Detroit College of Law
Detroit, Michigan
J.D., summa cum laude, 1991

Michigan State University
James Madison College
East Lansing, Michigan
B.A., 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court
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