Since 1988, Eric K. Falk has concentrated his practice in the area of toxic tort litigation, defending both Fortune 500 companies and regional businesses against allegations of various diseases due to exposures to asbestos, silica, coal tar pitch volatiles, and a variety of chemicals and solvents, including benzene, toluene, xylene, coal tar pitch, isocyanates and various other aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons.
Eric has handled cases involving a wide variety of disease claims, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, the various leukemias, lymphomas, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, colon cancer, toxic encephalopathy and other neurological deficits. He has represented his clients in a variety of jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas, Washington, Minnesota, Tennessee, New York, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Arkansas.
He was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts by Martindale-Hubbell, and he has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell from 2004 to 2017.
Eric is a Vice Chair of the ABA Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee. He is a past chair of the DRI Industrywide Litigation Committee and a past newsletter editor for the DRI Toxic Tort Committee. He has been a speaker/presenter at various DRI and ABA Asbestos and Toxic Tort seminars. He has also authored or co-authored the following articles:
“PENNSYLVANIA—Toxic Torts: A Long and Winding Road: Unique Frye Motion Granted in Allegheny County,” Rawle’s Reports, Volume 19, Number 10, October 2015
“Howard v. A.W. Chesterton: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reminds Us That They Meant What They Said On Toxic Tort Causation,” DRI Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Newsletter, Volume 17, Issue 1 – April 2014,
“Island Hopping Among the Chromosomes: Are Chromosomal Aberrations the Trump Card in Toxic Tort Causation?”, co-authored with Julie Nord Friedman and Howard M. Sandler, which appeared in the DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Newsletter, Volume 15, Issue 1, July 2012,
“The Epidemiology of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,” which appeared in the November 2008 issue of For the Defense, the publication of DRI,
“A Short Explanation of Retrospective Exposure Assessment and Its Use in Toxic Tort Litigation,” which appeared in the Winter 2009 issue of the ABA Toxic Tort Committee Newsletter,
“Developing Strategy in Mass Tort Litigation,” co-authored with A. Michael Pratt, which appeared in the September 2003 issue of For the Defense.
He received his J.D. in 1984 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his B.S. with Honors in 1981 from the American University in Washington, D.C.
He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Eric is also an avid photographer, particularly in the areas of street photography, street portraits, urban architecture and cityscapes. He has his own webpage. Eric was featured in the January 22, 2016 issue of the Legal Journal of the Allegheny County Bar Association in an article about his photography and his work as an attorney. His photographs have been displayed in exhibitions in Pittsburgh, including a 3-month-long exhibition in the lobby of the United States District Court House for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D. 1984
The American University, Washington, D.C., B.S. with Honors, 1981
American Bar Association