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 to 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.
While trial skill and resolve are essential in handling lawsuits, many cases can be resolved long before trial. Eric combines his ability to see litigation through a successful jury verdict when necessary with strong alternative dispute resolution experience to assist in obtaining timely and efficient settlements for his clients where possible.
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 in civil rights claims under section 1983 in Federal Court. He has handled numerous products liability actions and has experience in the technical aspects of automobiles, aircraft, bicycles, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, 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 including contracts, non-compete clauses, intellectual property, employment, 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 practiced as a trial lawyer since 1991. This representation includes all aspects of malpractice, healthcare, life science and manufacturer defense and various aspects of counseling including licensing and regulatory issues, EMTALA and credentialing issues. Eric’s clients include local, national and international healthcare providers, manufacturers and insurers.
Prior to starting HPS, Eric was a partner at Lord, Bissell & Brook in both the Medical Litigation and Commercial Litigation Departments.
Eric has been repeatedly included as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” and 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, Eric was named one of America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in Illinois. 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.