Being outdoors is what appeals most to Eric, which explains a career path that has taken him from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to the Coast Range of British Columbia. Born and raised in Chicago, Eric moved to San Diego to pursue his university studies, before landing at the University of Colorado to study law. He would finally make Vancouver his home, after taking up an executive position with ski resort operator Intrawest.
“Everything I like to do is here,” Eric says, “whether it’s mountain biking, hiking, paddle boarding, skiing, road cycling, or trail running.”
Regardless of the business environment, Eric brings a wide range of corporate and commercial experience to the table, with particular expertise in litigation management, the negotiation of complex contracts, and environmental law.
Over the years, Eric has also developed a strong commercial skill set that he applies to his legal responsibilities. In giving advice, he says, it’s crucial that lawyers understand a client’s financial goals and operational framework so that they can provide effective advice on minimizing legal and businesses risks. He has held several non-legal executive roles in his career, spanning several industries (the ski industry, natural resources, construction), with deep professional experience in both Canada and the United States.
In each of my roles, he says, the common thread is that he’s always been “embedded with the business operations.” Eric’s curiosity that has helped him develop a unique set of practical skills, and a clear understanding of his clients’ business goals and objectives. “I pride myself on a maintaining a comprehensive and genuine engagement with operations teams, which I find fosters a stronger relationship between lawyers and clients.”
After graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law, Eric’s first position was as general counsel for the Ute Mountain Indian Tribe in Southwest Colorado. In that role he handled everything from employment law to elections to construction, environment, oil and gas and water rights issues. He then took up a position as Assistant General Counsel with ski resort operator Vail Resorts, where he focused on corporate and commercial matters, as well as environmental and construction issues. In 2007, he moved to Vancouver to become Intrawest’s chief risk and insurance executive. Later, after four years working for Ledcor Construction, Eric decided to return to private practice, eventually joining Simplex Legal as Senior Counsel in 2018.
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