Eric’s litigation experience covers many different areas of law and aspects of practice, from pre-deal risk assessment to United States Supreme Court appeals. Eric focuses his practice on business litigation, but he has also handled multiple white-collar criminal investigations as well as disputes involving non-profit organizations. Eric has litigated cases, conducted investigations, and handled appeals in the areas of antitrust, commercial contracts, commercial real estate, employment discrimination, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the False Claims Act, fiduciary duties, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, international religious freedom, oil & gas royalties, religious institutions, and trade secrets.
Before joining Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison, Eric practiced law in Washington D.C. and Houston, Texas. Much of Eric’s practice has focused on appellate and trial level briefing of the most complex issues in federal and state courts. Eric has participated in eight cases before the United States Supreme Court as well as multiple cases before various state Supreme Courts. For his appellate work, Eric was recognized the past two years by Texas Lawyer in its annual “Super Lawyers” edition as a Rising Star—Appellate. Eric also has experience with all aspects of trial-level discovery and motions practice. Eric single-chaired fourteen jury trials from voir dire to verdict through the Houston Volunteer Prosecutor Program and has served on teams that litigated multiple complex commercial disputes through trial.
A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Eric devotes a portion of his practice and external time to matters related to religious institutions or religious freedom. In 2016, Eric helped draft an open letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that was a part of the successful effort to have genocide declared against ISIS for its treatment of Christians in Iraq and Syria. Eric recently published a law review article on the history of church property disputes and the development of the Supreme Court’s hierarchical deference doctrine. See Eric G. Osborne, et al., Rethinking Deference: How the History of Church Property Disputes Calls Into Question Long-Standing First Amendment Doctrine, 69 SMU L. Rev. 811 (2016). A lifelong Presbyterian, Eric currently serves on the board of the Presbyterian Foundation—the national foundation that supports the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)—and the Medical Benevolence Foundation, a Presbyterian group that provides medical care and medical training in some of the poorest countries in the world.
Eric attended Amherst College (B.A. French & History), Princeton Theological Seminary (M. Div.), and Stanford Law School (J.D.). He clerked for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Eric is married to Eleanor, a physician. Eric and Eleanor, are both native Tennesseans with family ties that go back over a century in the state. Although Eric is a Memphis native, he is happy to now call Nashville home.