OVERVIEW

For nearly twenty-years, Eric has advocated on behalf of surety companies, construction contractors and project owners in a wide variety of construction matters, including contractual disputes, mechanic’s liens, and payment and performance bond, construction defect and trust fund violation claims. Eric also represents businesses and receivers in cases alleging fraud claims and fraudulent conveyances. As a seasoned litigator and skilled negotiator, Eric is resolute and pragmatic in finding resolutions to his clients’ complex legal problems. He assists his clients with navigating claims and litigating disputes in numerous jurisdictions and is licensed in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Prior to entering private practice, Eric worked as an attorney at one of the largest surety companies in the world and served as a judicial law clerk for the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland (C.J. Joseph F. Murphy, Jr.) and the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Recognition and Involvement

Recognition & Involvement

Best Lawyers has recognized Eric in the area of construction law since 2018. Eric has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer since 2016 and a Rising Star from 2009-2015 for surety law. He is also AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Credentials

Bar and Court Admissions

Maryland

District of Columbia

Virginia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, J.D. 2001
  • University of Delaware, B.A. 1997

News & Insights

Memberships

Maryland State Bar Association, Construction Law Section Council Member (2013-2016)

District of Columbia Bar Association

American Bar Association, TIPS, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee

Surety Claims Institute

Defense Research Institute

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Successfully prosecuted client receiver’s fraudulent conveyance claims in one-week trial in a receivership proceeding/Ponzi scheme in Maryland State Court resulting in $700,000 judgment in favor of client that led to numerous successful settlements and turned course of receivership
  • Summary judgment entered in favor of surety clients on indemnity and collateral demand claims resulting in $5.7+ million recovery in Maryland State Court proceeding; court rejected defendants’ contentions that sureties failed to act in good faith
  • Summary judgment entered in favor of surety client affirmed by Court of Special Appeals of Maryland in case alleging surety aided and abetted alleged fraud and demanding $14 million in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages from surety
  • Summary judgment entered in favor of surety client on indemnity claim against contractor and established right of surety to pursue claims under the Maryland Construction Trust Fund Statute (Argonaut Ins. Co. v. Wolverine Construction, Inc., et al., 976 F. Supp. 2d 646 (D. Md. 2013)
  • Summary judgment entered in favor of surety and against obligee general contractor which asserted defense of setoff (United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia)
  • Successfully tried indemnity action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia resulting in a judgment in favor of surety client for all amounts demanded
  • In Maryland State Court, successfully represented general contractor client in a two-week trial in a construction dispute involving breach of contract, trust fund, and fraudulent conveyance claims; court entered judgment in favor of client on all claims asserted and awarded all amounts demanded
  • Summary judgment entered in favor of construction contractor client based on statute of repose
  • Numerous other cases successfully resolved by settlement, summary judgment or other motions practice
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