Eric J. Ward

Eric J. Ward


Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP

Recognized since 2003

Rochester, New York

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
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Rick is a seasoned trial attorney. He has tried nearly 100 civil jury cases and won the overwhelming majority of them. He honed his trial skills as a medical malpractice defense lawyer and still enjoys handling those cases today. Over the years, Rick’s practice has expanded to include a variety of business and intellectual property disputes, and he currently spends much of his time representing clients in significant breach of contract and patent infringement matters in courts across the country. With extensive experience representing high-tech companies and universities, he is comfortable working with a range of technologies – from medical devices to consumer and office products to industrial equipment – and with experts in a variety of highly specialized fields.

Jury trials are rare today, but Rick still appreciates the chance to try a case where doing so is in his client’s best interests. In a recent contract dispute over the development of cutting edge technology, he represented a multinational corporation against a large, well-known company and won a jury verdict of over $15 million – a verdict that was summarily affirmed on appeal. Rick also counts among his trial victories employment and high-exposure medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. He has successfully resolved numerous other cases for his clients through arbitration or mediated settlements. In addition to his role as an advocate, Rick also serves as a mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. But he is most proud of his ability to understand what matters to his clients and then efficiently and effectively deliver on those objectives.

Location

  • 1800 Bausch & Lomb Place
    Rochester, NY 14604

Education

  • Washington and Lee University , J.D., graduated 1982
  • Albion College, BA, graduated 1978

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1983

Affiliations

  • American Intellectual Property Law Association - Member
  • New York State Bar Association - Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
  • Monroe County Bar Association - Litigation Section

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts of New York (All Districts)
  • U.S District Court of Texas (Eastern)
  • Various pro hac vice admissions throughout the country

Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP
Headquarters: Rochester, New York

12 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

1 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Rochester, NY (2016)
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Rochester, NY (2013)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Special Focus

  • Medical Malpractice

Awards:

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Recognized by Chambers USA (Upstate New York)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers® and New York Super Lawyers®‍

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Representative Experience

  • Kodak Graphic Communications Canada Company v. E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company (2d Cir 2016 (15-318-cv))
  • OS Security LLC v. John D. Brush & Co. (CDCA SACV 14-00314)
  • St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, Inc. v. Eastman Kodak Company (DDe, 04-1336); Eastman Kodak Company v. Speasl, St. Clair, et. al. (Santa Clara Co., CA 1-05-CV039164)
  • Roberts v. Los Alamos National Security LLC v. University of Rochester (WDNY 11-CV-6206)
  • Jenks v. University of Rochester Medical Center, et.al. (Wayne Co., NY, 68566/09)

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