Overview

Erik has a diverse practice, serving clients in business, employment, and real estate matters both in planning/compliance and litigation. He is the current chair of the Iowa State Bar Association Real Estate Section.

He is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and aims to evaluate the legal and practical effects that arise from disputes, problem employees, training issues, and OSHA letters (both on clients specifically and employers broadly ). Erik frequently appears in state and federal court on behalf of his clients.

Erik taught at the university level and is a frequent speaker on real estate and human resources topics to business associations and clients, where his engaging delivery enhances audience participation and information retention. Additionally, he regularly directs client training on the legal implications of personnel and management issues.

Experience

Experience

  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2012—present
  • Chair, Whitfield & Eddy Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, 2016
  • Associate Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 2005—2011
  • Associate Instructor of Public Speaking, Indiana University, 1999—2000

Activities and Affiliations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy 2011
  • American Bar Association (Chair, Real Estate Section, 2016; 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)
  • Polk County Bar Association

Seminars 

  • Iowa State Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 2017

News & Events

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & 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: 2015-2017)
  • Lorman Education Services Distinguished Faculty

Cases Presentations & Publications

Cases Presentations & Publications

Published Cases

  • 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, "Ethical Rules and Related Topics" Iowa State Bar Association Corporate Counsel Section Webinar, December 2017
  • Presenter, "Commercial Real Estate Law Update," Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association Expo, September 2017
  • Presenter, "Environmental Issues in Real Estate Transactions," National Business Institute, December 2016
  • 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

Education

Drake University Law School, J.D., 2005, order of the coif, with highest honors

  • Dwight D. Opperman Scholar, 2002-2005
  • Projects Editor: Drake Law Review, 2004-2005

Indiana University, M.A., 2000

Drake University, B.A., 1999, summa cum laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa Society

Admissions

  • Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa - Bankruptcy
    U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa - Bankruptcy
    U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa
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