Eric chairs Ogletree Deakins’ Construction Practice Group Steering Committee. He focuses his practice on both litigation and transactional construction law. Eric has represented developers, international corporations, contractors, subcontractors, construction managers and designers on diverse projects, from Freedom Tower in New York to Willis Tower in Chicago, from dredging the Mississippi River to building casinos in Las Vegas, from Silicon Valley tech hubs to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
Eric has more than twenty-five years’ experience investigating, negotiating, and litigating disability access claims under federal, state, and local laws—including Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the federal Fair Housing Amendments Act, and the Chicago Building Code—and, most recently, claims involving a hotel in California, a restaurant in Chicago, and multifamily housing developments in Oklahoma.
Prior to joining Ogletree, Eric was Deputy General Counsel at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, in Oak Brook, Illinois, and General Counsel for its Massachusetts subsidiaries NASDI, LLC, and Yankee Environmental Services, LLC. While at Great Lakes, Eric provided counsel on multiple corporate topics including contract drafting, extras claims, payment disputes, mechanics liens, labor and employment matters, compliance issues, personal injury and workers compensation, public contracts, real estate transactions, insurance and risk management, and surety and bond questions.
At Northwestern University School of Law, Eric was class commencement speaker and a semifinalist in the Miner Moot Court Competition. As an undergraduate at Yale, Eric founded a national-champion improvisational comedy group.