Erik S. Fisk
As a member at Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., Erik has experience primarily in business and employment law, business litigation, construction, debtor/creditor, and family law issues. Erik helps individuals and companies manage the practical side of risk — from the world of organization, compliance, contracting, personnel, and policymaking through litigation in both state and federal court.
Erik is also a certified SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), with the experience and skill to evaluate the implications that disputes, problem employees, training issues, or a letter from OSHA force on his clients. In addition to teaching at the university level, Erik has extensive training experience and is a frequent speaker on legal issues.
Of Particular Note:
- Two favorable Polk County jury trial verdicts in 2011
- Summary judgment entered on five of Plaintiffs’ seven claims in multi-party, multi-million dollar alleged product defect dispute in 2011
- Summary judgment entered, dismissing claims against Defendant that had been pending for six years before Erik’s involvement
Awards and Recognitions
- Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project: recognized for 50 or more pro bono work hours in 2014-2015
- Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers in the area of Employment & Labor (Rising Stars: 2015-2016)
- Lorman Education Services Distinguished Faculty
Experience & Professional Activities
- Member with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2012-
- Chair, Whitfield & Eddy Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, 2016-
- Associate with Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2005-2011
- Associate Instructor of Public Speaking, Indiana University, 1999-2000
Professional Activities and Affiliations:
- International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy 2011
- American Bar Association (Sections: Labor & Employment Law; Litigation; Public Contract Law; Forum on the Construction Industry)
- Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Business Law; Real Estate and Title Law; Environmental and Natural Resources)
- Order of the Coif
- Polk County Bar Association
Cases, Presentations & Publications
- Hurm v. Dubuque Glass Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60822 (N.D. Iowa May 1, 2012)
- Nationwide Agribusiness Ins. Co. v. SMA Elevator Constr., Inc., 816 F. Supp. 2d 631, 637 (N.D. Iowa 2011)
- Merfeld v. Warren County Health Servs., 597 F. Supp. 2d 942 (S.D. Iowa 2009)
- AAA Elec., Inc. v. Agriprocessors, Inc., 2008 Iowa App. LEXIS 1180 (Iowa Ct. App. October 1, 2008)
- Heartland Specialty Foods v. Johnson, 731 N.W.2d 397 (Iowa Ct. App. 2007)
Selected Publications, Presentations and Teaching Appointments:
- Presenter, "Family Law Habeas Corpus Proceedings," Iowa State Bar Association Family Law Seminar, October 2016.
- Presenter, "Planning and Zoning (Part 1 and 2)," Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2016.
- Presenter, "Planning Board/Zoning Board Appeal Hearings and Challenging Adverse Decisions," National Business Institute, December 2015.
- Presenter, "Resolving Disputes Over Land Use Code Violations," National Business Institute, December 2015.
- Presenter, "Guns in the Workplace," Iowa Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), September 2014.
- Presenter, “Construction and Industrial Stormwater Permitting,” Lorman Seminar, January 30, 2014.
- Presenter, “Recent FMLA Developments,” FMLA Master Class for Iowa Employers, December 17, 2013.
- Presenter, “Military Family Leave: Current and Future Obligations,” FMLA Master Class for Iowa Employers, December 17, 2013.
- Presenter,”Weather-Related Absenteeism: Policies, Payroll Adjustments, Telecommuting, and More,” National Webinar hosted by Business and Legal Resources, November 12, 2013.
- Presenter, “Employment Law for the Super HR Department,” Legal Support Professionals of Iowa, October 19, 2013.
- Presenter, “Guns-at-Work Laws: A Legal Obligation and Liability Primer for Employers,” a national webinar sponsored by Business and Legal Resources (BLR), April 2013.
- Contributor, 50 States Employment Laws, Business and Legal Resources (BLR), 2012.
- Co-editor (Iowa), State-by-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims, Aspen Publishers, 2007-Present.
- “Environmental Issues — Contaminated Property Transactions,” National Business Institute’s Advanced Issues in Real Estate Law Seminar, December 2012.
- “FLSA/Wage-Hour Crackdown,” Sterling Education Services Advanced Employment Law Seminar, November 2012.
- “Divorce in the Cloud — Cloud Computing Issues in Family Law,” Iowa State Bar Association Family Law Seminar, November 2012.
- “Legal Updates: Overview of Contract Principles,” National Business Institute, June 2009.
- “Iowa Contracts Update,” Whitfield & Eddy Litigation Section Meeting, May 2009.
- “Is An LLC Right For You?,” National Business Institute, May 2008.
- “Local MBE/DBE Requirements,” National Business Institute, 2008.
- Author, “The ‘I’m Sorry’ Law: A New Instrument for Professionals and the Defense,” Defense Update: The Iowa Defense Counsel Association Newsletter, Spring 2007.
- Co-author, “E-mail, Public Records, and Public Meetings Statutes: Public Employee Privacy in Cyberspace,” Access to Government in the Computer Age, American Bar Association, 2007.
- Adjunct Instructor of Public Speaking, Des Moines Area Community College, 2005-06.
- Author, “Stigma Damages in Construction Defect Litigation: Feared by Defendants, Championed by Plaintiffs, Awarded by (Almost) No Courts – What Gives?” Drake Law Review, Volume 53:4, 2005.
Civic & Volunteer Activities
- Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
J.D. Drake University Law School, with highest honors, 2005 (Dwight D. Opperman Scholar, 2002-2005; Projects Editor: Drake Law Review, 2004-2005) M.A. Indiana University, 2000
B.A. Drake University, summa cum laude, 1999 (Phi Beta Kappa Society)