Admissions

• Florida
• US Virgin Islands
• US District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
• US District Court for the Virgin Islands

Education

• University of Miami School of Law, JD, 2006
• Colgate University, BA, 2003

Eric is a Partner in the Miami office and has been practicing in the field of insurance law for virtually his entire legal career. He represents domestic and international insurers in high-profile coverage litigation and bad faith matters throughout the United States, the Virgin Islands, and the greater Caribbean. His practice focuses heavily on commercial general liability, errors and omissions, and directors and officers policies in addition to first-party claims involving catastrophic property damage and business interruption losses. Eric partners closely with clients and counsels on claims handling, policy drafting, and product development including, most recently, advising insurers on responses to COVID-19 and potential claims. Eric is also a member of our Caribbean practice team.

Eric brings a unique combination of skills and experience to his cases. Barred in multiple jurisdictions, including the Virgin Islands, Eric handles a wide variety of litigation, including defending insurers in first and third party coverage disputes and corporations against claims involving personal injury, product liability, and professional malpractice. He is currently representing a large segment of the London Market against dozens of Hurricane Maria lawsuits filed in the Virgin Islands in In Re Hurricane Maria Insurance Cases.

Eric is a frequent speaker at insurance industry events around the world on emerging topics and frequently leads seminars for clients on trends in the law, bad faith avoidance, and claims handling protocols.

Market recognition

  • Recognized as “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers
  • Recognized as “Legal Elite Up and Comer” by Florida Trend Magazine

Publications and presentations

  • “Practicing in the US Virgin Islands,” presented at London Market, London (February 2020)
  • “Assignment of Benefits: Landmark Reform in Florida,” presented at AXA/XL Reinsurance Claims Symposium (July 2019)
  • “Insurance Coverage for Opioid-Related Lawsuits,” In-House Client Training, London (September 2018)
  • “Strategies for Successfully Navigating Florida Bad Faith,” In-House Client Training, London (September 2018)
  • “US and UK Legal Systems - a Comparative Analysis,” In-House Client Training, London (May 2018)
  • "Strategies for Successfully Navigating the #1 Judicial Hellhole in the US – Florida,”  presented at London Market, London (May 2018)
  • Author, "The United States Virgin Islands," presented at Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Compendium, DRI (2018)
  • “Strategies for Handling Litigation in Florida,” In-House Client Training, Atlanta (October 2016)

 

Reported decisions

  • James River Ins. Co. v. Arlington Pebble Creek, LLC, 2016 WL 3014606 (N.D. Fla. May 22, 2016). Summary judgment for insurer finding no coverage for USD 4.5 million judgment against condominium developer and awarding insurer reimbursement of attorneys’ fees incurred defending underlying lawsuits.
  • Molinarez v. Thompson Indus. Servs., LLC, 2015 WL 9897845 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 18, 2015). Defeated plaintiff’s attempt to enforce settlement against insurer.
  • Anda, Inc. v. Gemini Ins. Co., 2015 WL 1020873 (S.D. Fla. 2015). No coverage for suit by Attorney General of West Virginia against pharmaceutical distributor for opioid abuse in the state.
  • James River Ins. Co. v. Fortress Systems, LLC, 569 Fed.Appx. 896 (11th Cir. 2014). Affirming summary judgment no coverage for USD 10.5 million provision consent judgment involving a defective nutritional supplement under general liability policy.
  • James River Ins. Co. v. Bodywell Nutrition, LLC, 842 F.Supp.2d 1351 (S.D. Fla. 2012). No coverage for intellectual property claim because it did not encompass slogan or trade dress infringement.