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Overview

Eric handles a variety of complex business and corporate litigation matters involving energy law, environmental law and complex commercial disputes. His practice includes work with chemical and industrial manufacturing entities, as well as energy exploration, production and transmission companies.

Environmental
Eric advises clients with regard to state and federal regulatory compliance issues, including the New Source Review (NSR), New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) programs under the federal Clean Air Act, and Ohio’s air pollution control statute and regulations; reviewing draft and proposed permits-to-install, permits-to-install and operate, and Title V permits; appealing final permits to the Environmental Review Appeals Commission (ERAC); preparing comments on proposed state and federal rulemakings; responding to state and federal notices of violation; defending clients in administrative, state court and federal court enforcement proceedings; and preparing petitions for reinstatement of debarred companies. Eric has advised both the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council and the Energy & Environment Committee of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce on environmental and regulatory issues.

Energy and Public Utilities
Eric’s energy and public utilities practice focuses on representing public utilities in rulemaking, ratemaking and complaint case proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Supreme Court of Ohio. Eric advises competitive retail electric service (CRES) and competitive retail natural gas service (CRNGS) providers on certification and compliance with Ohio’s marketing, solicitation, enrollment and billing requirements. Eric also helps companies conduct due diligence for projects and transactions in the public utility and energy space, including potential acquisitions of ownership interests in utility holding companies and affiliates, new pipeline and generation facilities, and regular and virtual power purchase agreements.

Litigation
With a focus on high-stakes, complex litigation, Eric’s work has included antitrust, racketeering and state-law tort claims. He has experience in both state and federal class actions, and has appeared in federal district court and in all levels of Ohio state courts, including the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Eric also regularly lectures on the application of the attorney-client privilege and work-product doctrine and the standards for expert witness testimony under Ohio and federal law. In 2017, he authored a book titled The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine (Juris Publishing).

Education

  • University of Chicago Law School  (J.D., 1999)
  • The Ohio State University  (B.A., magna cum laude, 1996)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section, Environmental Committee Chair

Honors & Awards

  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars Edition, 2010-2011, 2013-2015