Eric A. Inglis regularly represents Fortune 500, closely held, and non-profit corporations and their shareholders in the State and Federal Courts of New Jersey. In addition, he also represents a wide variety of licensed professionals in malpractice matters.
Clients often call on Eric, who co-chairs Schenck Price’s Litigation Department and co-chairs its Commercial Litigation Practice Group, when they are faced with crises that call for immediate and emergent solutions that can be achieved only through litigation. To cite just a few examples, he has assisted clients in recovering millions of dollars from an embezzling employee, obtained favorable buyout packages for clients embroiled in shareholder litigations and fought to have terminated a client’s long-term commercial lease that a landlord fraudulently induced his client to sign. Eric’s commercial litigation experience has encompassed a broad range of industries, from commercial real estate to the petroleum industry to cable television.
In his professional liability practice, Eric defends a variety of licensed professionals, including lawyers, doctors, architects, engineers, real estate agents, property managers, surveyors and insurance agents, in multi-million-dollar claims. Eric’s experience as a commercial litigator informs his representation of these professional clients and gives him a better understanding of those clients as businesspeople. In addition, the aggressive and high-stakes nature of Eric’s commercial litigation gives him an edge that distinguishes him from other professional liability defense litigators.
Eric is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for ethical standards and legal ability.
He has repeatedly been named as one of the “Top 100” attorneys as determined by the New Jersey Super Lawyers® * list featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine.
Eric is the past President and still a member of the Board of the Morristown and Morris Township Library Foundation, a private foundation that supports the Joint Free Public Library of Morristown and Morris Township and owns and manages commercial property as part of that entity's endowment.
He is also the past President and still a member of the West Morris Soccer Club, which manages recreational and travel soccer programs across four municipalities. He is also a licensed youth soccer referee and coach.
In 2016, as part of Schenck Price's pro bono efforts and as featured in the Star Ledger article linked below, Eric represented and obtained legal asylum in the United States for a Russian citizen who had been persecuted for his support of an independent Ukraine and his opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Following that successful representation, Eric continues representing pro bono clients.
- Repeatedly selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers® and Top 100 * lists, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Business Litigation
- Included on the list of Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine’s 2020 “Top Lawyers” in Professional Malpractice Non-Medical Defense
- Included on the list of Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine’s 2018 and 2019 “Top Lawyers” in Commercial Litigation
- AV® rated, the highest rating conferred by Martindale-Hubbell® for legal ability and professional ethics, based upon a peer review of the Bar and the Judiciary
- Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney since 2010
- Named one of the “40 under 40” in the New Jersey real estate market by Real Estate New Jersey magazine (2010)
- Featured in Real Estate New Jersey's “Meet the Lawyers” edition (2007)
- Author, "New Jersey Courts to Resume Landlord-Tenant Trials in Narrow Circumstances," July 21, 2020
- Co-author, "The Coming Plague (of Litigation)," The New Jersey Law Journal, May 13, 2020
- Webinar presenter, "The PANDEMIC: Today's Tragedy, Tomorrow's Liability" (May 18, 2020)
- Webinar presenter, "Insurance Defense Litigation During COVID-19: Immediate Responses and Strategies to Move Forward," May 13, 2020
- Presenter, "Filing, Preparing, and Litigating the Order to Show Cause," Morris County Bar Association: Bench-Bar Conference, June 14, 2019
- Presenter, Morris County Bar Association Annual Bench-Bar Conference, “Understanding the Economic Loss Doctrine,” 2017
- Presenter, Morris County Bar Association Annual Meeting of Chancery Practice Committee, “Basics of Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors,” 2016
- Author, “RULLCA Savings Clause Darkens the Fog of Standards Applicable to Business Litigation,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, October 2014
- Author, “Attorney Fee and Recovery in State and Federal Civil RICO Claims,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, February 2012
- Author, “Size Matters: Measuring the Square Footage of Commercial Space in New Jersey,” Real Estate New Jersey magazine, October 2007
- Author, “Safeguarding Municipal Sewer Reservations,” Real Estate New Jersey magazine, May 2006
- Author, “Brokers Beware: Caveat Emptor Comes Crashing Down,” Tri-State Real Estate Journal
- As an undergraduate, Mr. Inglis studied at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where he authored a study on anti-communist student political activism
- Co-chair of the Morris County Bar Association’s Chancery Practice Committee
- Trustee, Morristown and Morris Township Library Foundation
- Trustee, Great Swamp Watershed Association
- Trustee and Former President, West Morris Soccer Club
- Graduate, Morris County Chamber of Commerce’s “Leadership Morris” program
- Worked for the Pentagon for the Army Judge Advocate General’s (“JAG”) Corps while in law school
- Pro bono – Represented Russian refugee seeking political asylum
Representative commercial litigation matters:
- Obtained $9,000,000 judgment and multi-million dollar recovery in complex fraud, RICO, and professional malpractice claim on behalf of a closely held corporation victimized by employee theft
- Tried and obtained a “no cause” jury verdict in favor of a Fortune 500 corporation accused of fraud and of maintaining corrupt procurement and bidding processes
- Tried and obtained liability jury verdict in favor of landlord and against tenant that failed to properly restore commercial space at conclusion of lease term
- Obtained injunction and summary judgment voiding competitor's right of first refusal and allowing client to purchase 300-acre farm
- Successfully defended, tried, and achieved favorable settlement for engineering firm that allegedly oppressed a number of its minority shareholders
- Prosecuted to a successful conclusion a binding, privately arbitrated partnership dispute among medical professionals who accused each other of illicit use of controlled substances, engaging in inappropriate conduct with patients, and blackmail
Representative professional liability matters:
- Obtained summary judgment for architect alleged to have caused $4 million in damages by negligently failing to advise of need to obtain soil disturbance permit
- Obtained summary judgment on wrongful death claim asserted against safety consultant arising out of construction project on Newark Bay
- Successfully defended real estate property management firm in connection with claim it violated fiduciary duties arising out of a court-appointed receivership
- Obtained summary judgment of consumer fraud and other statutory claims asserted against architect
- Successfully defended and achieved favorable settlement for insurance agent alleged to have negligently failed to explain trade credit insurance to plaintiff
- Successfully defended and obtained “no cause” jury verdict in favor of a pair of nurses in a nursing malpractice/wrongful death case
- Defended and tried on behalf of a hospital and a lab technician one of the few “wrongful life” cases ever tried to conclusion in New Jersey