In his transactional practice, Eric interacts with clients and businesses every day to determine how he can be most valuable to them.
Eric's corporate practice focuses primarily on merger and acquisition transactions, general contracting matters and business organization. He represents buyers and sellers in M&A transactions. He advises companies on general corporate matters, including corporate governance, contract preparation and negotiation, financing issues, restructurings, and ongoing strategic, transactional and regulatory matters. Eric also advises health care clients on regulatory issues including HIPAA, Stark Law, and Anti-Kickback. He has experience drafting and negotiating agreements including asset and stock purchase agreements, financing documents, independent contractor agreements, employment agreements, services agreements, and website privacy policies.
Before going to law school, Eric knew he was attracted to the transactional practice of law and all the opportunities that kind of practice facilitates for business. “Being a transactional attorney is about finding a way to have all the parties come to an agreement, and when the transaction closes, everyone is better off than when they started,” he says.
When it comes to those transactions, Eric uses his creativity throughout the drafting process to prepare contracts. “It’s like a puzzle,” he says. “You’re trying to figure out how to precisely and concisely write what the parties have agreed to and also anticipate and allocate the risks stemming from possibly remote future events.”
Eric also uses his critical-thinking skills to work through the challenge of using an appropriate level of his and his client’s resources on a project—matching the level of work to the client benefit.
Outside the office, community involvement is important to Eric. He serves as the Chair of the UnityPoint Health Des Moines Young Advisory Council where he provides input on health care operations and delivery and the patient experience to the UnityPoint Health Des Moines Board of Directors.
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
American Bar Association
Young Lawyers Division
Iowa State Bar Association
Young Lawyers Division
Polk County Bar Association
UnityPoint Health, Des Moines Young Advisory Council
Young Professional Connection Board, Impact Downtown
Downtown Community Alliance
Board Member (2016-2018)
Events Committee (2017-2018)
Representation of national media and publishing company in connection with the management of all subsidiary and corporate records.
Representation of fast food franchisor in the acquisition and financing of three restaurant locations.
Representation of bioproducts company in acquisition of manufacturing facility, private equity investment, and assumption of seller bank debt.
Participation in representation of retirement community in sale of assets.
General representation of nonprofit health care data organization.
Representation of physician holding company in acquisition of an indirect minority interest in physician-owned hospital.
Representation of franchisee of national bird food company in sale of its assets.
Participation in the representation of an environmental service company in the closing of U.S. and foreign credit facilities
Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
- Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2022
- Corporate Law, 2022
Great Plains Super Lawyers
Rising Stars, 2021
Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement
Award for Academic Excellence for Top Grade in Contracts
The Journal of Corporation Law
Articles Editor, 2015–2016
SPEECHES & PUBLICATIONS
“Beer Distribution Basics”
i-Best, Iowa Brewers Guild Annual Conference, November 2019
“Proposed Federal Rule Changes Could Increase Flexibility for Healthcare Providers”
October 15, 2019 (co-author)
“Entity Selection and Small Business Law Basics”
Boots to Business: U.S. Small Business Administration, May 2017 and November 2017
“Entity Selection Basics”
Iowa State Bar Association YLD Nuts & Bolts Seminar, October 2016
“Issues Affecting All Business Organizations–Electronic Commerce”
Iowa State Bar Association Business Practice Manual, Rev. 2016 (co-author)
“Serving More Than One Master: A Social Network Analysis of Section 8 of the Clayton Act”
41 J. of Corp. L. 313, 2015