Eric represents large and small businesses in high-stakes, complex litigation, particularly in federal court and the North Carolina Business Court. Eric has experience in a wide range of matters, including securities litigation, corporate governance disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and claims brought under the North Carolina Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act.  

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Eric has advocated on behalf of media and broadcast clients in a variety of First Amendment and newsgathering matters, including disputes over the North Carolina Public Records Act and access to public meetings. Eric has substantial experience defending both large and small publishers against defamation claims in state and federal court.

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Eric represents companies, shareholders, and directors in a variety of corporate governance disputes, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and constructive fraud. Eric has substantial experience in the North Carolina Business Court, where many of these disputes are litigated.

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Eric represents companies and individuals in a variety of intellectual property disputes, including copyright and trademark litigation and trade secrets claims. Eric has substantial experience in both federal court and the North Carolina Business Court, where many intellectual property disputes are litigated.

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Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Intellectual Property (2018)

Recognized by his peers for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" in Young Guns category (2013-2014); for Litigation (2017)

Recognized in North Carolina Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) as a “Rising Star” in Business Litigation (2014-2017) and Civil Rights/First Amendment (2012-2013) 

President, Board of Directors, Lucille Hunter Elementary School Foundation, 2017-present

Regional Scholar Selection Committee, The Morehead-Cain Foundation, 2012–2015 

President, Board of Directors, Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood, 2017-present

Vice President, Board of Directors, Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood, 2014-2016

Rules Advisory Committee, North Carolina Business Court, 2015

Council Member, Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 2014-2017

Co-Author, Survey of North Carolina Privacy Law and Related Claims Against the Media, Media Law Resource Center 50-State Survey, Media Privacy and Related Law (2015 -  )

Though not a Tar Heel born, Eric is, by now, a Tar Heel bred. Eric graduated from high school in Baltimore and then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar. After receiving his undergraduate degree with honors, Eric spent five years teaching history and coaching three sports at Sewickley Academy outside Pittsburgh. In 1999, Eric returned to Chapel Hill to serve for four years as Assistant Director for Summer Enrichment for the John Motley Morehead Foundation (now the Morehead-Cain Foundation). 
 
After nine years in education, Eric decided to return to school, earning a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from UNC Chapel Hill. Eric’s passion for law was sparked by a graduate class in media law. As a result, Eric continued on to law school after receiving his master’s degree. He graduated with high honors from UNC School of Law in 2008. While in law school, Eric served as editor-in-chief of the First Amendment Law Review. 
 
Eric lives in downtown Raleigh with his wife and two boys. Not surprisingly, he is a fan of Tar Heel sports—one of his favorite memories is celebrating on Franklin Street after the Tar Heels won the 1993 NCAA men’s basketball championship. 

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