Eric joined the firm of Haire & Bridgers in 1995 upon graduating law school at Washburn University. He made partner in 1998 and while the firm has changed names and faces Eric has been the firm’s mainstay. Eric currently focuses his practice on civil litigation, real estate, and local government law.
Eric has handled thousands of cases, both civil and criminal, in Western North Carolina. His current matters include: right-of-way disputes, condemnation/eminent domain proceedings, breach of contract lawsuits, and employer defense of a wrongful termination lawsuit. Eric also represents local contractors in construction disputes, property owners' associations, and many small business owners. Additionally, while the firm does not generally handle appellate matters, Eric has successfully argued a number of cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
Eric has proudly served as Sylva Town Attorney since December 1998. Prior to law school, Eric played basketball at the University of Kansas under coaches Roy Williams (UNC) and Mark Turgeon (Maryland). After celebrating his 50th birthday by competing in what he promises was his last amateur boxing tournament, Eric's interests include working on his hapless apple trees, piddling around on his tractor, and perfecting his one-of-a-kind home-made curling rink.