Erik is a complex commercial litigator with extensive experience litigating in the financial sector. He has represented a multitude of banks, insurers, and large companies in a broad array of civil litigations.
- Represented Ambac Assurance Corporation, as insurer of $2 billion in Puerto Rico government bonds, against bond insurance claims by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
- Represented Equitable in a $2 billion class action alleging breach of contract, fraud, unfair business practices, and statutory claims related to cost of insurance increases on variable universal life policies.
- Successfully represented Berkshire Hathaway investment companies in breach of contract dispute against co-venturer.
- Represented Gol Airlines in disputes against airline part manufacturers and suppliers.
- Represented RBC Capital Markets in Delaware shareholder appraisal action.
- Represented Ernst & Young in an internal and SEC investigation of its U.S. practices.
- Represented Natixis, S.A. against claims that it conspired to fix the prices of European Government Bonds.
- Represented MBIA Insurance Corporation in fraud, breach of contract, and unfair business practices claims related to temporary mortgage insurance placed onto properties during lapses in the homeowners’ insurance coverage.
- Represented multiple investment banks in Residential Mortgage Backed Securities (RMBS) litigation following the 2007-2008 financial crisis.
- Successfully represented Visa, Inc. in antitrust proceedings to acquire Visa Europe for $23 billion.
- Successfully represented Ranbaxy Laboratories in antitrust proceedings brought by the Federal Trade Commission to consummate its $4 billion merger with Sun Pharmaceuticals.
- Successfully represented Entegra Power in antitrust proceedings brought by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission related to the sale of a $1 billion electrical power plant to Entergy.
- Successfully represented Dealogic against false employment discrimination claims raised by a disgruntled former employee.
- Obtained highly favorable settlement against Morgan Stanley for asset mismanagement leading up to the 2007-2008 financial crisis.
- Successfully represented class of students with disabilities in claims against New York City Department of Education for failing to provide required educational services.
- Secured complete victory for Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in breach of contract claims by former contractor.
- Exonerated two wrongfully convicted men using DNA evidence and helped secure the removal of third from death row.
- Co-authored multiple amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court of the United States to combat political gerrymandering and fight for marriage equality.
Erik received his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was also awarded the Jacob Burns Medal for outstanding leadership and garnered multiple oral advocacy awards. Erik served as Editor-in-Chief of Cardozo’s Moot Court Honor Society and was a student fellow at the Heyman Center for Corporate Governance and the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy. Erik also worked as a research assistant and teaching assistant to multiple professors. Erik received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (with Political Science honors) from the University of San Diego, where he also served as second-in-command of the nation’s largest Marine Corps ROTC program.
Prior to attending law school, Erik was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Committed to continuing his public service, Erik served for three years as the Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, where he helped draft and enact legislation allowing for military spouses to more rapidly transfer their professional licenses into New York State, and led the NYCBA’s projects related to military sexual assault, integration of women into front line combat units, open service for transgender individuals, and the military tribunals at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Erik also traveled to Guantánamo to serve as an NGO observer for United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Prior to joining Miller Barondess, Erik was a litigator at several large international law firms in New York.