As a member at Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., Erik has experience primarily in business and employment law, business litigation, construction, debtor/creditor, and family law issues. Erik helps individuals and companies manage the practical side of risk - from the world of organization, compliance, contracting, personnel, and policymaking through litigation in both state and federal court.
Erik is also a certified SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), with the experience and skill to evaluate the implications of decisions that disputes, problem employees, training issues, or a letter from OSHA force on his clients. In addition to teaching at the university level, Erik has extensive training experience and is a frequent speaker on legal issues.
OF PARTICULAR NOTE:
• BV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Selected for inclusion in Great Plains Super Lawyers 2014 in the field of Employment & Labor (Rising Stars: 2014).
•Two favorable Polk County jury trial verdicts in 2011
•Summary judgment entered on five of Plaintiffs’ seven claims in multi-party, multi-million dollar alleged product defect dispute in 2011
•Summary judgment entered, dismissing claims against Defendant that had been pending for six years before Erik’s involvement
Experience & Professional Activities
•Member with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. since 2012
•Associate with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. since 2005
•Associate Instructor of Public Speaking, Indiana University, 1999-2000
Civic and Volunteer Activities:
•Iowa State Bar Association Public Service Project (formerly known as the Volunteer Lawyers Project)
•Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Public Service Project 2012-2013 (Restoration of Amanda The Panda Family Grief Center in West Des Moines)
Selected Publications, Presentations and Teaching Appointments:
•Presenter, “Construction and Industrial Stormwater Permitting,” Lorman Seminar, January 30, 2014.
•Presenter, “Recent FMLA Developments,” FMLA Master Class for Iowa Employers, December 17, 2013.
•Presenter, “Military Family Leave: Current and Future Obligations,” FMLA Master Class for Iowa Employers, December 17, 2013.
•Presenter,”Weather-Related Absenteeism: Policies, Payroll Adjustments, Telecommuting, and More,” National Webinar hosted by Business and Legal Resources, November 12, 2013.
•Presenter, “Employment Law for the Super HR Department,” Legal Support Professionals of Iwoa, October 19, 2013.
•Presenter, “Guns-at-Work Laws: A Legal Obligation and Liability Primer for Employers,” a national webinar sponsored by Business and Legal Resources (BLR), April 2013.
•Contributor, 50 States Employment Laws, Business and Legal Resources (BLR), 2012.
•Co-editor (Iowa), State-by-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims, Aspen Publishers, 2007-Present.
•“Environmental Issues - Contaminated Property Transactions,” National Business Institute’s Advanced Issues in Real Estate Law Seminar, December 2012.
•“FLSA/Wage-Hour Crackdown,” Sterling Education Services Advanced Employment Law Seminar, November 2012.
•“Divorce in the Cloud - Cloud Computing Issues in Family Law,” Iowa State Bar Association Family Law Seminar, November 2012.
•“Legal Updates: Overview of Contract Principles,” National Business Institute, June 2009.
•“Iowa Contracts Update,” Whitfield & Eddy Litigation Section Meeting, May 2009.
•“Is An LLC Right For You?,” National Business Institute, May 2008.
•“Local MBE/DBE Requirements,” National Business Institute, 2008.
•Author, “The ‘I’m Sorry’ Law: A New Instrument for Professionals and the Defense,” Defense Update: The Iowa Defense Counsel Association Newsletter, Spring 2007.
•Co-author, “E-mail, Public Records, and Public Meetings Statutes: Public Employee Privacy in Cyberspace,” Access to Government in the Computer Age, American Bar Association, 2007.
•Adjunct Instructor of Public Speaking, Des Moines Area Community College, 2005-06.
•Author, “Stigma Damages in Construction Defect Litigation: Feared by Defendants, Championed by Plaintiffs, Awarded by (Almost) No Courts - What Gives?” Drake Law Review, Volume 53:4, 2005.