REAL ESTATE AND RIPARIAN RIGHTS
Eric lives on an inland lake and much of his practice concerns challenges faced by other riparian owners,
including boundary disputes, quiet title actions, deed restrictions, adverse possession, land use and zoning
matters, environmental issues, riparian rights, easements, road ends and access issues. Though not unique to
riparians, waterfront property owners encounter these issues more than most. Eric's real estate practice also
includes landlord/tenant law, construction lien and other construction law matters.
FAMILY AND OTHER CLOSELY HELD BUSINESSES
Family businesses present unique challenges for those who choose to combine their personal and professional
lives. While the rewards can be great, conflict, leadership and succession issues can be particularly tense. No
business wants to be a party to a lawsuit, and those anxieties are heightened when the litigants are family
members. Eric has significant experience litigating claims involving breach of fiduciary duty, aiding and
abetting breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, trade secrets, conversion and the misappropriation of
confidential business information.
COMPLEX COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
Eric has represented individuals and businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, in a variety of contract,
dealership, franchise and other business disputes. Many of those matters involve a tremendous volume of
documents and electronically stored information. Eric is proficient in matters of e-discovery, including
preservation and production protocols. In addition to taking dozens of cases through trial, Eric has handled
appeals in both state and federal appellate courts.
Flyfishing, fish and seahorse breeding, riparian rights, Michigan State University sports, Detroit professional sports teams, golf, social media, autism awareness and research.
Michigan Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Michigan State University - B.A., James Madison College, JMCD, 1986
Michigan State University College of Law (DCL) - J.D., summa cum laude, 1991
Professional Associations & Memberships
Board member, Long Lake Association, Inc. | Past president, Austin Lake Riparians, Inc. | Former member of Kalamazoo County Metropolitan Planning Commission | Former vice-chair of the City of Portage Planning Commission
Honors and Awards
Included among Best Lawyers of Amercia for commercial litigation, real estate litigation and land use & zoning litigation