Erik Morrison specializes in defending manufacturers and suppliers in product liability lawsuits and consumer class actions. He has successfully represented clients in the automotive, energy and construction industries. Erik has also successfully litigated a wide variety of complex commercial and business disputes.

    Products Liability

    Erik focuses his practice on the representation of foreign and domestic companies facing product liability lawsuits and consumer class actions involving claims of major property loss, catastrophic injury and wrongful death. He has extensive experience successfully coordinating the defense of US and Canadian litigation for a major German automobile manufacturer.

    Erik also has extensive “front line” experience with initial in-field investigation of new matters, including the coordination of vehicle inspections and fire scene and debris inspections. For example, he has coordinated, managed and attended multiple fire origin and cause investigations pursuant to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.

    Construction Defect

    Erik has extensive experience with construction defect cases in both California and Nevada. He has helped companies navigate the statutory pre-litigation process, including coordination of inspections and analysis of whether to elect the “right to repair,” as well as defend those claims that proceed to litigation. He has also helped product manufacturers coordinate comprehensive defenses to widespread litigation, ensuring that the handling of a single claim or the defense of a single lawsuit does not compromise the big picture strategy.

    Commercial Litigation

    Erik’s practice has also included the defense and prosecution of a wide variety of complex commercial and business litigation matters in several different industries, with an emphasis on contract claims and business torts, including unfair business practice actions, interference with existing contracts and prospective economic advantage, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation. He has litigation experience with complex letter-of-credit disputes, low-income housing tax credit projects, restoration and redevelopment of previously environmentally contaminated sites, earnout and incentive payment disputes and, most, recently a dispute involving one of the largest wind power projects in the country.

    Intellectual Property & Technology

    Erik has prior experience managing international and domestic trademark prosecution and litigation, as well as worldwide trademark clearance and registration for a major computer manufacturer.

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    Education

    • University of San Francisco, J.D., magna cum laude
    • Stanford University, B.A.

    Admissions

    • California

    • Co-author, "Hanging By a Thread: Non-Solicitation Clauses and the Trade Secret Exception," The Daily Journal, September 22, 2010.
    • Co-author, "Can You Keep a Secret?" The Daily Journal, August 20, 2010.

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