Eric Anderson - Attorney

Eric N. Anderson

Pittsburgh Office
Equity Member
Attorney-at-Law
Direct Dial: 412-553-7071
Cell: 412-760-9770



Areas of Practice

  • Aviation
  • Transportation
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Construction
  • Products Liability
  • Liquor Liability
  • Religious Liability
  • Insurance Coverage

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • Ohio

Practice

Engaged in general trial practice with an emphasis on aviation and transportation, religious organization liability, construction law, commercial law, product liability litigation, insurance coverage, and liquor liability.

Professional Background

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania in 1973, West Virginia in 1990, and Ohio in 2011. Also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania; Northern District and Southern Districts of Ohio; Northern District of West Virginia; Third Circuit Court of Appeals; Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; Supreme Court of West Virginia; Supreme Court of Ohio; and the United States Supreme Court.

Education

  • Colgate University (B.A., 1970)
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D., 1973)

Facts:

  • April, 2012 – Eric was appointed chair of the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
    April, 2010 – Eric was appointed vice chair of the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
    April, 2007 – Eric was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security where he served until 2013.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and American Bar Associations, West Virginia State Bar Association, and the Ohio Bar Association.
  • Member: Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers.
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Robert Van der Voort, Judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court (1976-1978).
  • Executive Committee Member, Chairman, Litigation Department.
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Pro Bono Coordinator.
  • Neighborhood Legal Services Association, Law Firm Committee.
  • Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security – Former Board Member, Vice Chairman, Chairman - appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated.
  • Past Member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Judiciary Committee.
  • Recipient of the Civil Litigation Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association Professionalism Award.

Up Close and Personal

Eric Anderson has tried numerous cases to verdict in state courts and federal courts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio. He has been involved in trying complex aviation cases, contract cases, construction cases, numerous product liability cases, civil rights cases and general personal injury claims for many corporations and manufacturers. He is a licensed private pilot. Eric has also been involved in trying injunction cases involving trade secrets and business disputes, commercial cases involving land subsidence and cases involving construction defects and lawsuits involving toxic torts and medical product liability. He represents various diocese and religious organizations in cases involving abuse and reorganization of parishes. Although always willing to discuss the reasonable resolution of a matter which would serve the best interest of his clients in terms of cost, expense and efficiency, Eric welcomes the opportunity to appear before a jury and advocate his clients' position in an aggressive but professional manner.

Born in New York City, Eric was a Dean's List sociology major at Colgate University with a minor in classics before attending law school at the University of Pittsburgh. Before he began a prestigious two-year clerkship with Judge Robert van der Voort on the Pennsylvania Superior Court, Eric worked for Neighborhood Legal Services and organized its first child advocacy unit. In 1978, he joined Meyer Darragh where he has become one of the firm's most sought-after defense attorneys, representing corporate and organization clients in such diverse fields as aviation, banking, commercial litigation, insurance coverage, declaratory judgment actions, libel, personal injury, products liability, and transportation. He became a partner in 1985 and has been one of the members on the firm's management committee since 1987.  In addition to trying many jury trials in both the state and federal courts in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, Eric has also argued on numerous occasions before the appellate courts of Pennsylvania and Ohio and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.Despite the long hours he devotes to clients, there is more to Eric Anderson than just legal work. For one thing, he is a pilot and approved attorney for the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association. His solid community reputation led to his election in 1997 to the Judiciary Committee of the Allegheny County (Greater Pittsburgh) Bar Association where he evaluates candidates for judicial office in this region. He is also one of only 250 members of the Academy of Trial Lawyers for Allegheny County. And his life-long commitment to legal representation for all citizens continues through his membership in the Neighborhood Legal Services Association and his pro bono work representing plaintiffs in Protection from Abuse hearings. Eric was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to be one of seven members of the board of the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security where he served as Vice Chairman and Chairman.  In October of 2014, he received the Civil Litigation Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association Professionalism Award. Eric is married to Maureen Mihm Anderson, the Associate Athletic Director and Director of Athletic Development for the University of Pittsburgh. He is the father of two children, Eric and Kristyn.

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