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Eric Gotting serves as a partner in the firm’s litigation and environmental practice groups specializing in complex civil and appellate matters, with a focus on toxic tort, environmental, food/tobacco, and corporate litigation, as well as internal investigations and regulatory compliance.
Litigation and Regulatory Compliance Experience
Mr. Gotting has handled cases across the country, having tried matters to verdict and argued appeals before federal and state appellate courts. His experience includes class actions, mass tort litigation, and administrative agency proceedings. Between 1999-2004, Mr. Gotting took leave from private practice and served as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division, Environmental Torts Section, where he defended the federal government in multimillion dollar toxic tort cases filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act.
Mr. Gotting has extensive experience litigating toxic tort cases involving claims of personal injuries and property damage from alleged exposures to materials such as volatile and semi-volatile compounds, specialty chemicals, pesticides, gasoline, radioactive waste, and heavy metals. He defends claims involving the entire range of environmental media, including drinking water, soil, groundwater, and air contamination. He has worked with, and defended against, experts in numerous scientific and business-related fields, including toxicology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, structural engineering, neuropsychology, health physics, survey techniques, statistics, real estate appraisal, and environmental remediation.
Mr. Gotting also has litigated cases before courts and administrative agencies, including suits filed under CERCLA, the Clean Air Act, chemical control laws, hazardous waste regulations, occupational safety and health laws, pipeline safety regulations, and food/tobacco laws. His litigation and counseling experience also includes various constitutional and administrative law issues often raised by the regulation of manufacturers, including the Commerce Clause, the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses, the First Amendment, federal preemption, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Freedom of Information Act. As part of recent efforts by Congress to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, Mr. Gotting provided clients with extensive advice regarding preemption issues and co-authored two American Bar Association “white papers” on federal/state relations.
In addition, he has conducted extensive internal corporate investigations regarding potential compliance and litigation-related liabilities, including tort, contract, and regulatory issues, as well as counseled chemical companies, product manufacturers, and utilities in various regulatory matters, including Superfund cost-recovery actions, insurance coverage disputes, and regulatory compliance under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Recently, Mr. Gotting has advised clients on several emerging issues, including electronic cigarettes, nanotechnology, hydraulic fracturing, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals reporting rule, Green Chemistry laws, TSCA reform initiatives, the Globally Harmonized System amendment to OSHA’s HazCom Standard, and coal ash.
Mr. Gotting also has counseled clients in a wide range of corporate litigation matters, including product liability, commercial contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation, consumer fraud, corporate and securities fraud, and government investigations and enforcement matters.
Mr. Gotting currently serves on the firm’s Marketing Committee and Pro Bono Committee. He also served on the King Farm Citizen Assembly’s External Affairs Committee in 2005-09. He has provided various pro bono legal services throughout his career, working with groups such as the Legal Counsel for the Elderly and serving as an appointed attorney in federal habeas cases.
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