Eric Schoonveld is a two-time Ironman who brings an unparalleled commitment and focus to every client engagement. His practice is centered around defending his clients throughout the country against catastrophic injury claims. Eric approaches every engagement with humility and the need to put his client’s interests first. Defendants in catastrophic injury cases cannot afford to accept the status quo when it comes to their trial attorneys, and Eric fully commits himself to finding solutions in difficult situations. His efficiency and trial experience have proven invaluable to clients and led to his assignment as national counsel overseeing matters across the country.Eric is particularly adept at assessing challenging cases in a fresh light and has extensive experience collaborating as new counsel on cases that were worked up by other firms. Eric is often sought out by clients to consult on and/or try catastrophic cases when problems arise in the days, weeks or months before trial is scheduled. Eric seeks to provide each individual who he represents the assurance and confidence that they have an advocate and a voice that will stand up for them throughout the often-protracted litigation process. At trial, Eric is skilled in the latest courtroom technology and frequently uses multi-media presentations.
Medical negligence, including the defense of healthcare systems, hospitals, providers and staff, is a significant part of Eric’s current practice. He has a nationwide practice in defending correctional healthcare providers in civil rights claims under section 1983 in Federal Court. He has handled numerous product liability actions and has experience in defending the manufacturers of medical devices, pharmaceuticals (life sciences), automobiles, aircraft, bicycles, watercraft and their component parts. He has represented national and international manufacturers in numerous sectors and has experience in the procedural issues that often arise when an international manufacturer is defending cases in the US. Eric also has experience in disputes employment, regulatory enforcement, and mass tort actions.
Northwestern University, J.D. (1991)
Trinity Christian, B.A., High Honors (1988)
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1991)
U.S. District Court, District of Utah (2010)
Admitted pro hac vice in multiple jurisdictions
American Bar Association
Breakthrough Urban Ministries, Board of Directors