Eric’s defense practice spans a broad range of medical specialties, including emergency medicine, orthopedics, general surgery, anesthesiology, cardiology, gynecology, infectious diseases, neurology, nursing, oncology, pharmacology, podiatry and radiology. In addition, he has successfully represented healthcare clients in high-exposure, high-publicity, mass tort claims. His defense experience also encompasses a broad range of litigation areas, including first- and third-party automobile negligence, motorcycle injuries, premises liability and worker’s compensation.
Eric provides educational and consulting services to risk managers and claims personnel to help reduce his clients’ exposure to litigation. He and his team have developed and utilize a comprehensive and effective mock deposition system to educate hospital staff on deposition performance and pitfalls. Additionally, he has instructed numerous physicians, residents, nurses and other professionals over the course of his career on ways to reduce exposure to lawsuits through clinical improvement and appropriate charting.
In addition to malpractice litigation, Eric also provides legal services to several independent physician and counseling practices in matters involving employment, lease, vendor, and acquisition issues.
Eric is an avid sporting clay shooter, and frequently complains to anyone who will listen about his wife’s equestrian hobby (although he does actually like the horse!).
Eric comes from a hard-working, colorful Italian family. His father is an Italian immigrant heralding from Tufo, a small town in southern Italy with a population of 938 (as of 2009). He credits his father with teaching him the value of hard work and perseverance. From the early age of 10, and every year until law school, he spent his summer vacation helping in the family landscape and garden business. It was here that he grew to appreciate how hard his father worked to provide a good life for he and his family. Eric credits his Italian mother with his appreciation for good Italian food and family traditions. Every fall the family would harvest their fig trees, olive trees, grape vines, tomatoes and more, and make marinara (and wine) for the coming year. Eric proudly proclaims that there is no match anywhere for his mother’s marinara or eggplant parmesan! These and other family recipes are still shared each year as his family gathers for the Feast of the Seven Fishes, a meal served in Italian households on La Vigilia (Christmas Eve), where course after course of luxurious seafood dishes are served.
Eric is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and bleeds Black and Gold. His office is littered with Steelers and Penguins swag, and even his license plate demonstrates his team loyalty!
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. (Cum Laude), 1994
University of Pittsburgh, B.A., 1991
“Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type,” by Doreen Cronin. (A great lesson in negotiating!) “Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America,” by Erik Larson. (A close second!)
Bon Jovi, “L-O-V-E,” by Nat King Cole, and sung by my wife!
Goodfellas (Although my Italian heritage might suggest “The Godfather!”) and Die Hard (. . . at Christmas. Yes, it is a Christmas movie!)
. . . and worst: Amazon!
Anything with “parmesan” in the name, accompanied by garlic bread and salty cured meats.