Eric Schoonveld is a two-time Ironman who brings an unparalleled commitment and focus to every client engagement. Eric is dedicated to making a positive impact for his clients, his team members and the community around him. His practice is centered around defending 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 find creative 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 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’s leadership as a founding partner and former managing partner of HPS has built a high functioning nationwide team for his clients. It has also provided deep insight into the competing demands organizations and leaders face. Collaborating with clients on leadership and communication lessons from litigation often provides positive benefits far greater than the successful resolution of a matter. This leads to better solutions for both the organizations and individuals impacted by litigation. Eric always 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. Eric also recognizes that early evaluation and resolution of matters or the negotiation of a creative settlement may be more valuable to a client than a successful jury trial.
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 defends the manufacturers of medical devices, pharmaceuticals (life sciences), automobiles, aircraft, bicycles, watercraft and their component parts. Eric represents 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 employment disputes, regulatory enforcement, and mass tort actions.
Eric has practiced in state and Federal Courts in Illinois, Utah, Nevada, Texas, New Hampshire, Florida, Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado and elsewhere.
Eric has been named an Illinois "Super Lawyer" for 15 consecutive years, including 2020. He has also been recognized as a "Leading Lawyer," a selection of lawyers who were most often recommended by their peers in statewide surveys. In 2019 and 2020, Eric was selected as one of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, a distinction earned by lessen than half a percent of litigators in the United States. He has also achieved the highest rating possible by Martindale Hubbell's peer review system.
Eric has co-authored chapters on medical malpractice and wrongful death. He has lectured before hospital and physician groups on documentation and risk management, and has taught negotiation seminars. He frequently provides counsel, litigation oversight and education to his clients.
On the personal side, Eric and his family frequently travel to the firm’s office in Salt Lake City, Utah. His interests include skiing, motorcycling, bicycling, triathlon, martial arts, rock climbing, construction, solar energy and electric vehicles.
Eric also trains and participates in IRONMAN competitions to raise money for clean water in communities in Africa. He completed the Kona IRONMAN
in 2016 and the IRONMAN Wisconsin
Below, Eric (in blue) can be seen en route to a strong finish in the 95 mile Rebecca's Private Idaho ride.
Here, Eric jumps on a different bike for a day of racing at the Motoworks track day.