Eric hates to lose, so he always gives 100% to help his clients succeed. He enjoys developing sophisticated strategies in complex litigation and resolving routine matters effectively. Eric seeks negotiated solutions when they are available and loves a good fight when they are not. He understands that his clients depend on great service: timely, cost-effective representation that begins with listening and understanding his clients' view of the world.
He represents a variety of clients in the construction industry, including owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. He has handled hundreds of lien and bond claims, defect and delay disputes, delay and disruption controversies, bidding challenges, product defects, and scope-of-work conflicts.
Eric also represents manufacturers, distributors, lenders, developers, shopping centers, convenience stores, REITs, and others in real estate disputes (including troubled developments, eminent domain, commercial landlord-tenant, land use litigation) and other types of commercial litigation.
Recognitions•Best Lawyers in America - Construction Law, 2013 and 2014
•Named among North Carolina's Legal Elite byBusiness North Carolina magazine (2008, 2009, 2012, 2014)
•2010 North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star
•AV rating Martindale Hubbell
NotableSimultaneously filed eight lien and bond claims in three states for a construction material supplier client whose customer was failing. Collected over $600,000 in 3 months.
•Successfully represented a convenience store owner in obtaining over $575,000 in additional compensation from public condemnor on the eve of trial.
•Represented design-builder in construction defect and design litigation that the owner voluntarily dismissed after more than two years of litigation and two lawsuits. The contractor paid no money to the owner.
•Successfully defended a bank client in a lender liability action. Won dismissal of the plaintiffs' claims and a $5,000,000+ judgment on the bank's counterclaims.
•Led national contractor's defense of over 30 claims arising out of an apartment building fire.
•Insteel Wire Products Co. v. Dywidag Sys. Int'l USA, 2009 WL 2253198 (M.D.N.C. 2009)
•Insteel Wire Products Co. v. Dywidag Sys. Int'l USA, 2010 WL 2471912 (M.D.N.C. 2010)
•Wachovia Bank Nat. Ass'n v. Superior Const. Corp., 718 S.E.2d 160 (N.C. App. 2011), review denied, 365 N.C. 367, 719 S.E.2d 41 (2011)
Outside Nexsen Pruet
The center of Eric's life is his family: His wife, Stephanie, and two sons, Sam and John.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys playing many sports, esp. basketball, tennis, and ping pong, and watching his sons play lacrosse, basketball, flag football, and tennis.
Ask him about his family's June 2012 trip to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. He saw 16 bears, including two close, personal encounters with grizzly bears.
Speaking & Writing
Related InsightsA Guide To North Carolina's 2012 Mechanic's Lien And Bond Law Changes
July 17, 2012OverviewContributing author, State-by-State Guide to Design and Construction Contracts and Claims (2nd Edition)
•Associated Builders and Contractors, Legislative White Papers
•Contracts 101, Construction Financial Management Association, September 1, 2011, Greensboro, NC
•North Carolina Construction Law, Half Moon Seminars, October 3, 2012, Chapel Hill, NC
•2012 Mechanic's Lien and Bond Law Overhaul, October 4, 2012, October 10, 2012, October 16, 2012, October 24, 2012, October 30, 2012, November 16, 2012, January 22, 2013, April 11, 2013, April 11, 2013, May 9, 2013, June 4, 2013, and June 13, 2013, Greensboro, Raleigh, Charlotte, NC
•Construction Law Alert: A Guide To North Carolina's 2012 Mechanic's Lien And Bond Law Changes, July 16, 2012
•Beware Interim Lien Waivers! August 2, 2011
•ASA of the Carolinas Annual Meeting - Wachovia Bank vs. Superior Construction, Asheville, August 5th, 2011
•Half Moon seminar North Carolina Construction Law, Greensboro, May 7, 2010
•Current Issues in Construction Law, Greensboro, June 23, 2010
•12th Annual Construction Executive Conference - We Won't Get Fooled Again, Grandover Resort - Greensboro, October 14, 2010
•Retainage Reform in North Carolina, Summer 2007