Eric Knapp is the co-leader of our Class Action & Multidistrict Litigation Practice. Eric has extensive experience defending major class actions in state and federal courts, asserting consumer protection, product defect, toxic tort, unfair business practice, and wage and hour claims against some of the best-known companies worldwide. His clients include automobile manufacturers and distributors, insurance companies, chemical companies, the food industry and more.
Eric is a litigator who gets fully involved in every aspect of his cases – formulating strategy, intensive motions practice, oral argument, taking and defending depositions, preparing expert witnesses and mediation/arbitration. He zealously and efficiently litigates his cases in which high exposure – both financial and reputational – is the norm.
Most of the class actions Eric has defended have been dismissed at the pleading stage, on summary judgment, or defeated at class certification. Eric coordinates class actions all over the country for his clients, including MDLs, assuring a consistent approach across all jurisdictions. He also coordinates parallel, regulatory proceedings.In addition to his focus on litigating and coordinating state- and nation-wide class actions, Eric has broad experience in trade secret misappropriation suits across a wide range of industries. He routinely counsels and educates his clients and their employees on trade secret matters and risk avoidance. Eric also defends product liability actions. He has specialized experience in working with experts on medical and scientific aspects of health-related product liability claims.