Eric has extensive experience handling labor and employment law matters. For over twenty years, he has defended employers in all types of disputes – lawsuits (in state and federal courts), arbitrations (AAA, FINRA, and privately arbitrated matters), and government enforcement agency proceedings (before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Vermont Attorney General’s Office, New Hampshire Commission Against Discrimination, and the Departments of Labor for the United States, Vermont and New Hampshire). From defending wrongful termination claims to resolving grievances and labor disputes, Eric deploys his skills and experience to develop an effective litigation strategy to accomplish his client’s goals, and then manages the case to successful resolution through summary judgment, trial, arbitration award or mediated disposition.
In addition, Eric counsels employers of all types and sizes (private and public, unionized and union-free, start-ups and growing businesses) in establishing sound employment practices and policies. He also works with Human Resources professionals to handle the day-to-day employment matters that routinely arise in the workplace.
Eric also handles emergency proceedings, such as petitions for injunctive relief (including actions to enforce covenants not to compete, to protect trade secrets, and to preserve labor peace).
Eric lives in Shelburne with his wife, two cats, and the two empty rooms of his college-bound children. When at home, he can usually be found in his shop building and repairing guitars, banjos and other stringed things, or in his music room making loud noise.
Contributing Editor, Covenants Not to Compete, A State-By-State Survey, BNA / ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (9th Ed., 2013 and Supplement 2014)
Contributing Editor, Employee Duty of Loyalty, A State-By-State Survey, BNA / ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (5th Ed., 2013 and Supplement 2014)
Contributing Editor, Trade Secrets, A State-By-State Survey, BNA / ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (4th Ed., 2011 and Supplement 2014)
Contributing Editor, Tortious Interference in the Employment Context, A State-By-State Survey, BNA / ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (4th Ed. 2014)
Co-author, Vermont Chapter, 50-State Survey of Employment Defamation and Privacy Law, Libel Defense Resources Center (1998 & Supplement 2002)
Sample Reported Cases
Int’l. Union of Elevator Constructors, Loc. 8 and Nat’l. Elevator Bargaining Ass’n (Otis Elevator Company), 355 NLRB No. 13 (2010)(work jurisdiction dispute in San Francisco)
Neronsky v. JELD-WEN, Inc., 2009 WL 3930205 (D.Vt. 2009)(summary judgment in favor of employer in multi-count discrimination and wrongful termination case)
Hinko v. Schindler Elevator Co., 91 Empl. Prac. Dec. ¶43, 207 (N.D. Ill. 2008)(summary judgment in favor of employer in age discrimination case)
Int’l. Union of Elevator Constructors, Loc. 2 and Architectural & Ornamental Iron Workers, Loc. 63 (KONE, Inc.), 349 NLRB No. 112, 182 LRRM 1061 (2007)(resolving a dispute among unions during the construction of the Trump Tower in Chicago)
Architectural & Ornamental Iron Workers Loc. 63 v. I.U.E.C. Loc. 2 and KONE, Inc., 475 F. Supp. 2d 757 (N.D. Ill. 2006)(action to enforce trade council arbitration award)
Galloway v. Chicago-Soft, Ltd., 713 A.2d 982 (N.H. 1998)(commission dispute under New Hampshire’s wage payment law)
Cooper v. New York State Office of Mental Health, et. al., 162 F.3d 770 (2d Cir. 1998)(age discrimination claim raising constitutional sovereign immunity issues)
See also, In the Matter of the Liquidation of the Home Insurance Co., 154 N.H. 472 (2006); Sigler Foundation v. Town of Norwich, 174 Vt. 129 (2002); Watergate West, Inc. v. Barclays Bank, S.A., 759 A.2d 169 (D.C. 2000); Guiel v. Allstate Insurance Co., 170 Vt. 464 (2000)