Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. These lawyers are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments.
Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.
In addition to assisting clients, Erik believes that serving in state and national bar associations is essential to being a complete lawyer. Given that belief, Erik makes a point of being active in city, state, and national legal organizations. He is very active in the American Association of Justice (AAJ) where he teaches trial advocacy and litigation techniques to other lawyers across the country. These trial colleges allow Erik to offer his knowledge and experience and also expose him to innovative ideas being used by other lawyers. Erik also focuses on the State of Alabama through his involvement with the Alabama Association of Justice (ALAJ), serving as an Officer since 2017.
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Currently, Erik represents the 10th Judicial Circuit (Birmingham) as an elected member of the Board of Bar Commissioners for the Alabama State Bar. As part of his Commissioner responsibilities, Erik sits on the Alabama State Bar Character & Fitness Committee and the Disciplinary Rules & Enforcement Committee. Erik was recently appointed President of the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Birmingham Bar Grievance Committee.
Finally, he has been a member of the Birmingham Bar Executive Committee since 2016. Erik is “AV Preeminent” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell – the highest possible distinction conferred by both professional peers and judges.
Erik also earned the honor of a Civil Law Trial Advocate from the National Board of Trial Advocacy in 2020. In 2013, he was inducted as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an invitation-only organization committed to preserving the right to trial by jury. Erik is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, and a member of Order of Juris, an honorary trial order.
In addition to the “Lawyer of the Year” award, Erik was also listed in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the following practice areas:
- Commercial Litigation
- Litigation – Insurance
- Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
- Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs
Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.