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Eric B. Hermanson Partner

Boston, MA | Direct 617.748.5226Fax 617.748.5248
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Eric represents primary and excess insurance carriers in high-exposure litigation on contested coverage matters. Over a 30-year career, he has litigated more than two hundred cases, and successfully advised on hundreds more, in almost every U.S. state and the District of Columbia. He serves as Chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Self-Insurers and Risk Management Committee; Vice-Chair of the ABA TIPS Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee; and past chair of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Insurance Law Subcommittee. In 2019 he was elected to the American College of Coverage Counsel.

In addition to his coverage work, Eric has an active litigation background, representing sophisticated institutional clients – including manufacturers, healthcare providers, medical publishers and related entities – in commercial, product liability, life science and qui tam disputes.

Eric graduated from Columbia Law School, where he was on the Columbia Law Review; and clerked for Judge Conrad K. Cyr on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Representative Matters

  • Lead litigation counsel for primary and excess insurers in complex multi-party lawsuits involving tort, environmental, construction defect, asbestos, professional and general liability claims 
  • Co-counsel to major multinational excess carrier on CGL coverage exposures arising from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Co-counsel for major international reinsurer in federal trial and appellate proceedings arising from allocation of pollution, asbestos, and related long-tail liabilities 
  • Lead litigation counsel for Massachusetts engineering firm in professional liability proceedings alleging deficient product design 
  • National coordinating counsel for European medical device manufacturer in U.S. mass tort proceedings alleging injury from implantation of surgical mesh 
  • Co-counsel to defense contractor in qui tam action alleging improper procurement and billing practices under U.S. Government contract
  • Lead litigation counsel to primary general liability carrier in high-profile mass tort litigation involving The Station nightclub fire
  • Co-counsel to developer of New England merchant power plant in breach of contract suit against European gas turbine manufacturer
  • Co-counsel for excess carrier; advised on coverage in MDL and related bankruptcy proceedings arising from contaminated steroids allegedly distributed by New England Compounding Company
  • Lead regional counsel to national medical publisher and database distributor in tort litigation alleging inadequate technical specifications, failure to warn of pharmaceutical product hazards
  • National litigation counsel for medical device manufacturer in federal MDL and related state tort proceedings involving product allergy and related injuries
  • Co-counsel for New Hampshire electronics manufacturer in complex commercial dispute regarding allegedly deficient performance of automated assembly system
  • Lead trial counsel for domestic property carrier in reference proceedings arising from New England franchise restaurant fire losses

Recognition & Involvement

Eric has been recognized by Super Lawyers since 2004 as a Massachusetts "Super Lawyer," and since 2009 as a New England "Super Lawyer."



Bar and Court Admissions


District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Supreme Court


Columbia Law School, JD, 1991 

University of Washington, BA, magna cum laude, 1986


American College of Coverage Counsel

American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
Boston Bar Association

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