Profile Details

Profile

Group:
Member
Firm Name:
Bland Richter, LLP
Certification:
Legal Plaintiff
First Name:
Eric
Last Name:
Bland
Phone:
803-256-9664
Website:
http://www.blandrichter.com
City:
Columbia
State:
SC
Zip Code:
29201
Areas of Practice:
Professional Liability: Plaintiff, Business Litigation, Closely Held Business
Bio:
Eric is a 1985 Magna Cum Laude graduate from University of Tampa. He made the Dean's List every semester and graduated 2nd in his class. He is also a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. Eric is also a 1988 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating in the top 10% of the class. Eric graduated with honors and was a member of the Wig and Robe Honor's society. After graduation, Eric practiced commercial litigation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the law firms of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen and Stradley, Ronon, Stevens and Young.

In August of 1991, Eric decided to return to South Carolina and began establishing his practice of representing small to mid-size corporations in South Carolina and North Carolina. Since opening his practice, Eric has gained the reputation of being a tenacious litigator who provides cost efficient and effective representation to his clients. From approximately 1991 through its sale in 2004, Eric was primary counsel for Ducane Gas Grills, Inc., which manufactured and distributed high-end gas barbecue grills and HVAC and furnace units through its furnace division. From the early 1990s through the present, Eric has represented some of the country's largest residential homebuilding companies in South Carolina, North Carolina and throughout the United States in land development matters, acquisitions and litigation and arbitration disputes with developers and customers as well as the top video entertainment and gaming companies in South Carolina.

Eric successfully completed national testing in Legal Malpractice and received certification as a diplomat in the field of Legal Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and recorded a score in the top 2% of all attorneys.

Eric is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum which has as its members some of the top trial lawyers in America and only admits attorneys who have obtained verdicts for their clients which exceed $2,000,000.00. Eric was selected by his peers as one of the top ten most outstanding Business Law attorneys in the Midlands of the state of South Carolina in October 2011; published in the October 2011 Greater Columbia Business Monthly Second Annual Legal Elite of the Midlands. (View Article)

In addition to his partner Ronnie being his best friend, Eric has been trying cases with him since 1997. In fact on the day Eric's son was born, Eric and Ronnie had just completed closing arguments in a medical malpractice trial which returned a verdict for their clients that, at the time, was one of the largest verdicts in that particular county in South Carolina. Eric is licensed to practice law in South Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania and is a member of the South Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania bar associations. He is a member of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In his career, Eric has tried, arbitrated and argued appeals in excess of 150 cases in state, federal and courts of appeal for the State of South Carolina, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and with the American Arbitration Association. In 2005, Eric was appointed as a member of the South Carolina Bar's Resolution of Fee Disputes Board. As a board member, Eric investigates, analyzes and forwards to the Circuit Chair his findings and rulings on fee disputes filed by clients against their attorneys.

Eric has been married to his wife Renee since 1988 and has two children Sydney and Davis. Eric's hobbies include golf, snow skiing, triathlons and daily weightlifting and cardiovascular exercise.
BOGS:
no
Practicing States-:
SC