Eric Nowak is a New Orleans trial lawyer and personal injury attorney who represents individuals, families, and businesses at both the federal and state court systems in tort lawsuits for physical and mental injuries, contract disputes, and insurance litigation. As a medical malpractice lawyer, he spends a significant amount of his time on cases where the issues are based on medicine and science – such as serious injury cases, medical malpractice, defective products, and toxic exposures.
Eric Nowak brings a resume of hard work, compassion, and experience to every case. Before starting his own firm, Mr. Nowak practiced at the nationally acclaimed firm of Hunton & Williams where he earned his litigation stripes. At Hunton & Williams, he handled products liability, premises liability law, and contract cases in Virginia, Texas, and Arkansas. He also participated in over 100 hearings where he represented custodial parents trying to collect child support. And, as a Legal Aide Volunteer, he successfully represented and tried cases for families with housing disputes. His trial work on behalf of the less privileged in our society, earned him the E. Randolph Williams Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.
From Hunton & Williams, Mr. Nowak joined the law firm of Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, where he later became a litigation partner. There his practice continued to focus on products and medical liability issues, including pharmaceuticals. Mr. Nowak was counsel for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. in the phenylpropanolamine (PPA) cold medicine litigation – conducting medical and fact discovery for over 900 plaintiffs in more than 85 separate lawsuits. He also successfully defended Novartis through the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals where the Court applied and interpreted the Louisiana Products Liability Act with respect to prescription drugs. Stahl v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., 283 F.3d 254 (5th Cir. 2002).
Eric left Sessions, Fishman, & Nathan to help found Harrell & Nowak with the goal to create a top-notch law firm that represented Louisiana families and businesses in their fight for justice against big business, insurance companies, and others who harmed them.
He graduated with academic honors from the University of Texas School of Law. At the University of Arizona, he earned a Bachelor of Arts, graduated magna cum laude, and was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa key.
Mr. Nowak is licensed to practice law in all the federal and state courts of Louisiana and Virginia, as well as the Fourth and Fifth Circuits of United States Courts of Appeals. He is an active member of the Federal Bar Association of New Orleans serving on its board of directors from 2006-2014 and being elected president in 2012. In 2014 he was appointed a National Delegate to the National Federal Bar Association.
Marshall v. Air Liquide, et al. — Harrell & Nowak appointed as Class Counsel for the plaintiffs in class action lawsuit involving dust exposure to a neighborhood in eastern New Orleans. In Marshall v. Air Liquide, et al., the plaintiffs alleged that a caustic carbide lime dust had been released in the neighborhood leading to personal injuries to those who were exposed to it. The case settled for over $7,000,000.
Michael v. Dr. Brian Brogle — Harrell & Nowak obtained a verdict in a medical malpractice case at the top of the damages limit of $500,000 in the case of Michael v. Dr. Brian Brogle, et al. In this case, a urologist who had performed surgery on the plaintiff was found negligent for failing to see her over the weekend following the surgery.