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Eric is a former federal prosecutor who focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement matters, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. With more than two decades of experience, Eric has tried over 35 federal and state cases, briefed and argued many cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, handled arbitration proceedings before the International Court of Arbitration, and directed hundreds of complex investigations. He is recognized by Chambers USA as a lead attorney in Illinois's White Collar Crime and Government Investigations category, with clients citing him as "a remarkable individual" who is "very intelligent and ... thoughtful in his analysis."


  • University of Chicago Law School, 1994, J.D., with Honors, John Woodrow Simpson Law Fellow, Law Student Government representative, Mandel Legal Aid Clinic
  • Amherst College, 1991, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude

  • Illinois
  • New York

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit

  • Member of 2021 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Program 
  • Adjunct Professor of Law - Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University Law School, 2008 - present
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, 2002-2010
  • Trial Practice Instructor - University of Chicago Legal Aid Clinic, 2002-2006
  • Board of Directors, Vice-Chairman - Chicago Community Counseling Centers (C4), 1999-2005

  • Honorable George M. Marovich, U.S. District Court, 1 January 1997 to 31 December 1999

Awards & Recognition

  • Leadership Greater Chicago Signature Fellows Program 2021 - selection based on Chicago's most promising professionals and leaders 
  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2021 
  • Seven Honor Awards for Excellence and Integrity from the USDA 
  • Two Certificates of Recognition from the Director of the FBI 
  • The Cook County Crime Prevention Award of Excellence in Law Enforcement 
  • Recipient of Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District Court and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2016