A Partner in Hahn Loeser’s Litigation Area, Eric B. Levasseur is a seasoned commercial litigator and trial attorney who represents clients in business disputes around the country. A trusted advisor and creative advocate, Eric designs strategies that guide his clients from the pre-litigation planning stage through trial and the highest levels of appeal. In twenty years in practice, Eric has established a reputation for cutting to the core of disputes and his clients’ objectives to deliver a successful result, whether inside or outside the courtroom.
In the Litigation Area, Eric represents companies, non-profit institutions and individuals in state and federal trial and appellate courts, with extensive mediation, arbitration, trial and appellate experience. He represents clients across various industries facing time-senstitive injunctive relief disputes to multiple-week trials. He is experienced in pre-litigation claim strategy and avoidance, complex contract and business disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, business tort and negligence claims, fraud, conspiracy and defamation claims and non-compete and employment agreements. Eric also handles trade secrets, product liability actions, fiduciary and estate litigation, real estate litigation, commercial and securities fraud, shareholder and partnership disputes, and judgment execution and recovery. His breadth of experience has contributed to an in-depth knowledge of insurance coverage and recovery disputes.
As a member of the firm’s Construction Team, Eric represents owners, developers, design professionals, sureties, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers in construction disputes and AAA arbitrations. Eric has worked with clients at every stage of the construction process, helping clients to avoid litigation, minimize and allocate risk and resolve disputes as early as possible. He has handled defective design, installation and material claims, delay claims, payment/change order disputes and public bid disputes. Well-versed in all aspects of construction litigation and insurance matters, Eric has extensive experience with mechanic’s liens, payment and performance bond claims, and insurance recovery for both public and private projects.
In addition to business disputes, Eric has also represented clients in significant wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury actions.
Eric has also counseled franchisors in more than 40 disputes involving franchise termination, trademark infringement, enforcement of non-competition covenants and defense of vicarious liability claims.
Beyond his active litigation practice, Eric serves as the Firm’s Deputy General Counsel. Since starting his practice at Hahn Loeser in 2001, Eric has served in a variety of leadership roles in the Firm, including as Chair of the Recruiting Committee and as the Firm’s Director of Legal Personnel Relations.
Eric has received numerous accolades through his career, including maintaining an AV-Preeminent rating through Martindale-Hubbell. He is actively engaged in the community, serves on the board of numerous non-profit institutions, and volunteers his time as a youth sports coach.
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 2002
Honors & Activities: Phi Delta Phi; International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award; William H. Wallace Award; William K. Thomas Inns of Court, Student Member; Jonathan M. Ault Mock Trial Team, Vice President; Moot Court Board; Dean Dunmore Distinguished Advocate
Colgate University, B.A., Political Science, English Literature, 1999
Honors & Activities: The Colgate Maroon-News, Editor-in-Chief; Konosioni Senior Honor Society; Beta Theta Pi Alumni Association; Beta Theta Pi, Alumni Association Award; Campus Life Award; The Edward M. Stimets Memorial Award; Phi Eta Sigma
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2019-present
Cleveland Law Library Association, Board of Directors, 2018-present
Cleveland Bridge Builders Class of 2017
Cleveland Civic Leadership Institute, 2015
Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 2015-20: (President, 2019 – present; Vice President, 2018; Secretary/Treasurer, 2017); Representative, Law Firm Giving Challenge; Alumni Mentoring Program
Colgate Club of Cleveland, Board of Directors and Past President; Alumni Admissions Committee, Chair
Colgate on the Cuyahoga, Board of Directors; Student Host Program
Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentor Program
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Volunteer Lawyers Program
Frequent volunteer judge for law school and high school moot court/mock trial competitions
Legal Advisor, Rocky River Youth Hockey
Active youth sports coach for baseball, basketball, ice hockey, lacrosse and soccer
AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbel
ChambersUSA, Construction Law, 2012-13
Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2011
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, based upon excellence and accomplishments in litigation)
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Fellow, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation
Certified Advocate, National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Attended NITA National Session, 2012
State of Ohio, 2002
U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits; U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, Eastern District of Michigan and Eastern District of Wisconsin
Admitted to practice pro hac vice in numerous federal and state jurisdictions throughout the country
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Construction Litigation, Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committees; Co-Chair, Motion Practice & Discovery Subcommittee, 2014-16; Co-Chair, Newsletter & Publications Subcommittee, 2017; Outstanding Subcommittee Chair, 2015
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Judicial Selection Committee; Litigation Section, Litigation Section Council (2019-20); Civil Rules Committee
Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland
William K. Thomas Inn of Court, Barrister
Ohio State Bar Association, Former Member
American Association for Justice, Former Member