Eric Skelly is an experienced litigator who is lead counsel on many of the firm’s complex civil matters, including products liability, premises liability, and mass tort matters. Eric represents his clients in Federal and State courts throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Eric’s clients include manufacturers, premises owners and suppliers of industrial and equipment products, automotive and farm equipment manufacturers, food and beverage manufacturers and suppliers, medical device manufacturers, and consumer and adventure product manufacturers and suppliers. Eric also has extensive experience involving professional liability, including representation of attorneys, architects and surveyors. Further, Eric works with startup companies who are nearing launch to provide full-scale risk analysis and develop protocols, procedures and training to reduce future litigation, indemnity and defense costs.
Eric recently completed a six month Secondment during 2017/18 for a major international automotive product manufacturer and premises owner during which he served as their interim head of litigation nationally for toxic tort matters. Eric has always prided himself on working closely with his clients to develop a thorough understanding of their business philosophies and objectives and partner with them to develop a cost-effective approach to achieve the optimal outcome, in matters large or small. The Secondment experience has provided Eric with an inside perspective of both the legal in-house department and business sides of a prominent corporation and has enhanced Eric’s ability to evaluate and meet the goals and objectives of all his clients.
Eric serves as Regional Counsel for a major manufacturing company and he is responsible for all phases of the client’s litigation throughout the Northeast and Midwest, including development of litigation strategy, fact investigation, taking and defending key depositions, drafting of significant motions and oppositions, preparation of expert witnesses in various disciplines, preparation of corporate witnesses, trials, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.
Eric also serves as counsel in the Northeast for several insurers and companies, defending them in a wide array of catastrophic personal injury, premises liability, professional liability, and property loss matters. Eric’s insurance practice involves primary and excess insurance and reinsurance and he has handled claims involving complex insurance and indemnity issues and bad faith claims.
Eric has also conducted early risk assessments for numerous clients, advising and presenting on litigation prevention strategies. For example, Eric was retained by a food manufacturer who asked him to analyze and consult on its food preparation and handling practices, employee training, customer service, and manufacturing protocols. Eric worked collaboratively with the client to improve its overall protocols. Since the implementation of these revised protocols, and several presentations by Eric to the employees, the client has seen a reduction of claims, legal fees and costs, and improved customer relationships.
In addition to his regular work schedule, Eric is a frequent contributor to MG+M’s blog, The Defense Litigation Insider, where he discusses issues relevant to companies in the food industry, among others.
Eric is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Maine, the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the United States District Court for the District of Maine. Eric received his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2003, where he was a staff member and competition director for the Moot Court Honor Board. During law school, he also served as a trial clerk for the United States Trustees, Massachusetts Eastern Division. Eric received a B.S. from Roger Williams University in 1999.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Hill House, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a sense of urban community through service activities in Boston neighborhoods.
Originally from Connecticut, Eric now resides in South Boston with his wife, Stephanie, and their two sons.
The following is a list of Eric Skelly's “Representative Cases."