Eric R. LeBlanc, Partner
Eric is a skilled litigator and negotiator practicing in the Massachusetts state courts, United States District Court for Massachusetts, United States Federal Court of Claims and United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College and his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 2006. Before joining Bennett & Belfort in 2011, Eric acquired considerable, diverse courtroom experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants with two large, long-established Boston law firms. He has developed a strong practice in the areas of employment law, commercial/business law, and construction, successfully defending and prosecuting complex claims involving such matters as stockholder and partnership disputes; non-compete/solicit/disclosure clause violations; age, gender and disability discrimination in the workplace and housing; wage and hour controversies; class action litigation; disputes arising from commercial and residential real estate transactions; will, trust, and estate-related disputes; insurance disputes; and claims arising from construction projects and contracts.
From 2012 to the present, Eric has annually been named a SuperLawyer Rising Star in the area of business litigation, an honor awarded to only 2.5% of practicing attorneys under the age of 40. Additionally, in 2015 he was selected by the National Law Journal as a Boston Rising Star, signifying inclusion on the NLJ’s list of 40 outstanding Boston area lawyers 40 years of age or younger.
Eric is passionate not only about practicing law, but about sharing his knowledge and skills with colleagues whenever and however possible. Eric co-authored "Federal Rules of Evidence Which Figure Prominently in Civil Litigation," a chapter in MCLE’s Federal Civil Litigation in the First Circuit
(2017 rev.), and the article “The Cycle of America's Privacy Intrusion: The USA Patriot Act Continues a Historical Trend” in the International Association of Defense Counsel’s 2007 Joan Fullman Irick Privacy Project, Phase III
. As a faculty member of the National Business Institute’s July 2017 Human Resources Law seminar, he lectured on “A Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Perspective on Bad HR Practices.” And at the MCLE Annual Employment Law Conference in 2017, he co-taught a session entitled “The Interactive Process: Everything You Need to Know and Understand to Advise Your Clients and Litigate Your Case.”
In addition to being a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association, Eric is active in the Massachusetts chapter of USA500, a professional organization that fosters interdisciplinary sharing of knowledge and resources among practitioners in varied fields including law, business, finance, education and philanthropy.
Eric lives on the North Shore with his wife and daughter, and remains a proud graduate of St. John’s Preparatory School.
* Successfully appealed an unfavorable Probate Court decision on behalf of a Philadelphia non-profit organization, winning his client the right to continue owning and operating three multi-million dollar parcels of real estate on Cape Cod.
* Acted as lead trial counsel in the successful defense of class action against a major pizza delivery chain and its local franchisee for violations of the Massachusetts TIPS act and minimum wage violations.
* Acted as lead trial counsel in the successful derivative claim made by one 50% shareholder against his fellow 50% shareholder, for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud relating to the misappropriation of corporate assets.
* Defeated summary judgment in a federal disparate treatment/disparate impact age discrimination matter. This decision set the stage for a significant monetary settlement during the trial of this matter.
* Successfully litigated and obtained myriad large settlements in cases involving wage and hour issues, age discrimination claims, race discrimination claims and sexual harassment allegations.
* Successfully represented a local construction company at a jury trial, obtaining a successful breach of contract verdict and a full damages award on behalf of his client.
* Represented construction products specialty chemical company in cost recovery and wrongful death lawsuits arising from ceiling collapse in I-90 Connector Tunnel on Big Dig project in Boston.
* Litigated and ultimately negotiated highly favorable settlement on behalf of small environmental engineering firm sued under a theory of “alter ego” liability for damages exceeding $1 million.
* Acting as co-counsel, successfully obtained summary judgment as to all claims (including direct and derivative claims) on behalf of a Fortune 500 company sued as a result of an alleged construction site defect.
* Represented Canadian scaffolding manufacturer in a personal injury suit with numerous parties, and assisted in negotiating a highly favorable, global settlement.
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