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Eric concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. He is experienced in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels. His clients include a broad range of public companies, private companies, non-profits, individuals and governmental entities. Eric has been involved in a wide variety of complex litigation cases, including favorable multi-million dollar jury awards and judgments establishing legal precedents. 

When alternative dispute resolution is determined to be the best solution, Eric is skilled in a variety of dispute resolution procedures aimed at achieving his client's business objectives. He is also certified as a Kentucky Court of Justice Court-Approved Mediator.

During his tenure at Bingham Greenebaum Doll and its predecessor firms, Eric has held several firm, professional and community leadership positions including Member-in-Charge of the Louisville office and the Chair of the Litigation Practice Group. He is currently serving his 11th year as Chair of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners and his 19th year as 1 of the 7 Kentucky Bar Examiners appointed by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Eric has consistently been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Kentucky Super Lawyers® in the category of commercial litigation.

Career Highlights

Representative Cases and Achievements

Reported Decisions:

  • Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District v. Douglas Hills Sanitation Facility, et al., Ky., 592 S.W.2d 142 (Kentucky Supreme Court 1979) (relative rights in and to real property easements and sewage collection system)
  • Central Adjustment Bureau v. Ingram Associates, Inc., Ky. App., 62 S.W.2d 861 (1981) (new law in Kentucky regarding enforceability of post employment covenants not to compete)
  • Hammond v. Baldwin and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, U.S.A., 866 F.2d 172 (6th Cir. 1989) (dismissal of 1983 claim)
  • Pleasant Pointe Apartments, Ltd. v. Kentucky Housing Corporation, 139 B.R. 828 (W.D. Ky. 1992) (new law in the Western District of Kentucky dismissing single asset Debtor's Chapter 11 petition for lack of good faith)
  • The Kentucky Lottery Corporation v. Casey, Ky., 862 S.W.2d 888 (Kentucky Supreme Court 1993) (case of first impression construing Kentucky's Lottery statute)
  • Niehoff v. Surgidev Corp., KY, 950 S.W.2d 816 (1997) (no federal pre-emption of state law negligence and product liability claims) (author of Dissenting Opinion sitting as Special Justice)
  • Knology Inc. v. Insight Communications Co., L.P., 393 F.3d 656 (6th Cir. 2004) (Noerr-Pennington immunity for anti-trust and 1983 claims)
  • Kentucky Kingdom Amusement Co. v. Belo Kentucky, Inc., 179 S.W.3d 785 (Kentucky Supreme Court 2005) (affirming $3 million jury verdict for corporate plaintiff in public figure defamation case)
  • Knology Inc. v. Insight Communications Co., L.P., 460 F.3d 722 (6th Cir. 2006) (denial of costs under Rule 54 in antitrust and § 1983 case)
  • Ventas, Inc. v. HCP, Inc., 647 F.3d 291 (6th Cir. 2011) ($101,672,807.00 jury verdict in favor of Ventas, Inc. on claim of tortious interference with a prospective advantage)
  • Kant v. Lexington Theological Seminary, 426 S.W.3d 587 (Kentucky Supreme Court) (Counsel for Amicus Curiae The Anti-Defamation League) (ecclesiastical abstention and ministerial exception not a bar to contract claim at issue).
  • Scott v. Louisville Bedding Co., 404 S.W.3d 870 (Ky. Ct. App. 2013) (defeating appellant's attempt to arbitrate Louisville Bedding's claim

Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Commercial Litigation
  • Recognized as one of the "Top 50 Attorneys in Kentucky" in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® list, 2017
  • Recognized in the Kentucky Super Lawyers® lists, 2007-2018
  • Special Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court, 1997
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2006-2019, in the field of Commercial Litigation
  • Listed in Benchmark: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
  • Listed in 2012 Louisville Magazine, "Top Lawyers" in the "Bet the Company" category
  • Associate Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Member in Charge, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Louisville Office: February 2000 to February 2005
  • Litigation Practice Group Chair, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP: 1988 to 1998
  • Louisville Bar Association (LBF Fellow)
  • Kentucky Bar Association (KBF Life Fellow)
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Chairman, Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners (current)
  • Chairman, Legal Aid Society 2007 Justice for All Campaign
  • Chairman, WLKY-TV Spirit of Louisville Foundation (Bell Awards 2009), Board of Trustees (current)
  • West End School, Board of Directors (current)
  • Louisville Zoo, Board of Trustees and General Counsel (2003-2014)
  • Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Board of Directors (2002-2006)
  • Beacon House Aftercare Program, Inc., Board of Directors (2000-2002)
  • Leadership Louisville (Class 2004)
  • Leadership Kentucky (Class `88)
  • Stage One: The Louisville Children's' Theatre, President, Board of Directors, (1996-1998)
  • The University of the South, Board of Trustees (1988-1991)
  • City of Anchorage, Councilman (1980-1987)

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University of the South, B.A., cum laude, 1970
Institute of European Studies, Madrid, Spain, 1969
Vanderbilt School of Law, J.D., 1974

  • Kentucky, 1974
    Tennessee, 1998
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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