Eric Gotting joined Keller and Heckman in 2011. He serves as a partner in the firm's litigation and environmental practice groups specializing in complex civil and appellate matters, with a focus on toxic tort, environmental, and corporate litigation.
Litigation and Environmental Experience
Mr. Gotting has handled cases across the country, having tried matters to verdict and argued appeals before federal and state appellate courts. His experience includes class actions, mass tort litigation, and administrative agency proceedings. Between 1999-2004, Mr. Gotting took leave from private practice and served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division, Environmental Torts Section, where he defended the federal government in multimillion dollar toxic tort cases filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Mr. Gotting has extensive experience litigating toxic tort cases involving claims of personal injuries and property damage from alleged exposures to materials such as volatile and semi-volatile compounds, specialty chemicals, pesticides, gasoline, radioactive waste, and heavy metals. He defends claims involving the entire range of environmental media, including drinking water, soil, groundwater, and air contamination. He has worked with, and defended against, experts in numerous scientific and business-related fields, including toxicology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, structural engineering, neuropsychology, health physics, survey techniques, statistics, real estate appraisal, and environmental remediation.
Mr. Gotting also has litigated environmental cases before courts and administrative agencies, including suits filed under CERCLA, the Clean Air Act, chemical control laws, hazardous waste regulations, and occupational safety and health laws. In addition, he has counseled chemical companies, product manufacturers, and utilities in various environmental matters, including Superfund cost-recovery actions, insurance coverage disputes, and regulatory issues under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, and Occupational Safety and Health Act. As part of his environmental practice, he also has advised clients on many Administrative Procedure Act and FOIA matters.
Recently, Mr. Gotting has advised clients on several emerging issues, including nanotechnology, hydraulic fracturing, the Securities and Exchange Commission's conflict minerals reporting rule, Green Chemistry laws, TSCA reform initiatives, the Globally Harmonized System amendment to OSHA's HazCom Standard, and coal ash.
Mr. Gotting also has counseled clients in a wide range of corporate litigation matters, including product liability, commercial contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation, consumer fraud, corporate and securities fraud, and government investigations and enforcement matters.
Mr. Gotting currently serves on the firm's Marketing Committee. He also served on the King Farm Citizen Assembly's External Affairs Committee in 2005-09. He has provided various pro bono legal services throughout his career, working with groups such as the Legal Counsel for the Elderly and serving as an appointed attorney in federal habeas cases.
· Co-author, "Green Chemistry Alternatives Assessments and Their Potential Impact on Product Liability Litigation," ABA, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee Newsletter (Spring 2013).
· Co-author, "FOIA: Court Ruling Requires Faster Substantive Agency Responses and Allows Court Intervention Earlier if Necessary," K&H Client Advisory (April 2013).
· Co-author, "Green Chemistry Update: Maine Releases BPA Alternatives Assessment Report," K&H Client Advisory (January 2013).
· Co-author, "Kiobel and The Future of Environmental and Product Liability Litigation Under the Alien Tort Statute," Law Journal Newsletters, Product Liability Law & Strategy (December 2012).
· Co-author, "Green Chemistry's Call for Alternative Assessments and the Impact on Product Liability," ABA, Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee Newsletter (November 2012).
· Co-author, "NRDC Sues EPA Over Conditional Pesticide Registration In First Nanotechnology-Related Environmental Challenge," ABA, Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee Newsletter (July 2012).
· Author, "OSHA's New HazCom Standard And Its Potential Impact On Tort Suits," Regulatory Matters Newsletter, Mackrell International (May 2012).
· Author, Chapter 11: Hughes v. Boston Scientific Corp., Top 20 Food and Drug Cases, 2011 & Cases to Watch, 2012, The Food and Drug Law Institute (April 2012).
· Co-author, "Lone Pine Orders: Streamlining Mass Tort and Class Actions," ABA Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation (2009, 2010, 2011 Editions).
· Co-author, "Forestalling Nanotechnology Litigation," Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (2011, Vol. 31, No. 1).
· Co-author, "Litigation Risks Related To Nanoproducts," Bloomberg Law Reports (December 2010).
· Co-author, "Guarding Against Nanotort Liabilities," Environmental Claims Journal (July 2010).
· Co-author, "Taken In Over Intake Structures? Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act," Columbia Journal of Environmental Law (2001).
Recent Speaking Engagements:
· "FIFRA Compliance and Tort Liability," at the Practical Primer on Pesticides Seminar on May 7, 2013 (Washington, D.C.).
· "Recent Developments: CERCLA Under the Obama Administration," Mackrell International Environmental Practice Group, April 11, 2013 webinar (covering the bona fide prospective purchaser exception, vapor intrusion, and climate change adaptation).
· "Discussion on the Most Recent Version of the California Safer Consumer Products Regulation," February 7, 2013 webinar.
· "California Green Chemistry: Perspectives on Recent Developments and the Alternatives Assessment Process," ABA, Pesticides, Chemical Regulation, and Right-to-Know Committee, November 15, 2012 webinar.
· "FIFRA Compliance and Tort Liability," at the Practical Primer on Pesticides Seminar on November 7, 2012 (Washington, D.C.).
· "NGOs: The Sue-and-Settle Approach," at the Chemical Control Law Seminar on October 3, 2012 (Washington, D.C.).
· "Green Chemistry: Alternatives Assessments and Product Liability Litigation Risks," at the Chemical Control Law Seminar on October 3, 2012 (Washington, D.C.).
· "The Committee Mark-up of Senator Frank Lautenberg's Safe Chemicals Act of 2011," September 13, 2012 webinar.
· "The California Green Chemistry Safer Consumer Products Regulation Proposal: A Roundtable Discussion of Assessing Impacts and Preparing for Implementation," September 5, 2012 webinar.
· "Hydraulic Fracturing & How Chemical Companies Could Be Brought Into Contamination Cases," Mackrell International Environmental Practice Group, August 22, 2012 webinar.
· "GHS Amendment to OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and Toxic Tort Litigation," March 27, 2012 webinar.
· "TSCA Compliance and Toxic Tort Litigation" at the Chemical Control Law Seminar on October 26, 2011 (Washington, D.C.).
· "Understanding and Minimizing Your Company's Nanotort Risks," May 2011 webinar.
· "Coal Combustion Waste-What Can We Expect in Regulation and Litigation in 2010?" at the Energy Industry Roundtable on April 29, 2010 (Chicago).
· "Coal Combustion Waste-What Can We Expect in Regulation and Litigation in 2010?" at the Energy Industry Roundtable on February 4, 2010 (Washington, D.C.).