With over 25 years as an attorney, Eric has built his practice around civil litigation and insurance defense. Within those areas, he often focuses on real estate, including title insurance defense, mechanic’s lien claims, construction, landlord-tenant disputes, and mortgage foreclosures. In commercial civil litigation, Eric frequently handles contract and shareholder disputes, and disputes relating to insurance coverage. What he enjoys most about his work is helping people solve problems and serving as an advocate for clients.
Eric was awarded his JD, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in 1997. As a student he clerked for the civil division of the Dakota County Attorney’s Office and served as both a staff member and editor of the William Mitchell Law Review. In 1993 Eric earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University, where he majored in political science. Eric is admitted to the bar in Minnesota’s state court and the Federal District Court of Minnesota.
Outside of work, it’s all about family for Eric, who is married and the proud father of two school-aged children. He is a volunteer youth coach for soccer, basketball, and football. His interest in sports goes back to his college days when Eric earned a letter at Iowa State for playing on the football team.
Noteworthy cases handled by Eric include the following:
In Roemhildt v. Kristall Development, Inc., 798 N.W.2d 371 (Minn. App. 2011), on behalf of lender client, Eric successfully obtained a reversal of a trial court’s decision that a partial release provision did not run with property.
In Sitek v. Striker, 764 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. App. 2009), Eric successfully represented his client at trial and on appeal regarding its efforts to cancel a contract for deed.
In Alan Chazin Homes v. First Republic Title et al., 27-CV-08-2002 (Hennepin Co. Dist. Ct.), Eric successfully defended at trial a title insurance company against claims that it was obligated to provide coverage.
In JL Schwieters Const., Inc. v. Goldridge Construction, Inc., et al., 19 HA-CV-08-5287 (Dakota Co. Dist. Court), Eric’s client was granted summary judgment establishing that its mortgage was a superior in interest to in excess of $900,000 in mechanics’ liens.
In Victory in Truth God Given Ministry v. Lake 27, LLC, 27-CV-08-31382 (Hennepin Co. Dist. Ct), Eric argued successfully that his client should be dismissed from an action in which it was claimed it was not a bona fide purchaser of a parking lot.
In Craig Wierson Brick & Stone v. Kara Jackson, et al.,10-CV-08-1815 (Carver Co. Dist. Ct.), Eric argued successfully that his client’s mortgage was superior to mechanics’ liens having total values exceeding $200,000.