Eric Wycoff is a partner in Pierce Atwood's Litigation Practice Group. He successfully represents companies and individuals involving commercial disputes, probate litigation matters, environmental matters, and bankruptcy matters. Eric enjoys working closely with his clients to obtain positive results in the most practical and efficient way. He regularly appears on behalf of clients before federal and state trial courts in Maine and the District of Columbia, federal and state appellate courts, and arbitrators. Before coming to Pierce Atwood in 2004, Eric was a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office of a large multinational law firm. There his practice involved litigating commercial disputes and challenges to agency action before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Eric also served as Judicial Law Clerk to the late Justice Jerry L. Larson of the Iowa Supreme Court.

 

Honors & Distinctions

  • Listed The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation, 2013-present

Professional Activities

  • Member, Maine State Civil Rules Committee (appointed by Maine Supreme Judicial Court)
  • Member, Executive Committee of Civil Process Improvement Stakeholders Working Group (appointed by Maine Supreme Judicial Court) 
  • Member, Maine State Bar Association
  • Member, Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Member, Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Chair, Pastoral Council for Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes, 2017-present
  • Member, Finance Council for Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes, 2017-present
  • Member, Diocesan Finance Council, 2018-present
  • Chair, Pastoral Planning Committee for Portland Peninsula and Island Parishes, 2016-2017
  • Board of Trustees, Catholic Foundation of Maine, 2011-2018
  • Board of Directors, The Presence Radio Network, 2010-2016
  • Co-chair, Red Mass Committee for the Jurisdiction of Maine, 2009-2011

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Lead trial counsel to owner and operator of limestone quarry and successfully defended against claims for alleged damage from dust, noise, and vibrations from quarry and manufacturing operations, through trial
  • Lead trial counsel to former owner of auction company, defending against claims by purchaser for violation of non-solicitation, non-competition provisions of agreements
  • Lead trial counsel to majority shareholder in action brought by minority shareholder seeking corporate dissolution and asserting claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, shareholder derivative claims, and punitive damages, resulting in sale of stock to minority shareholder under favorable terms
  • Lead trial counsel to majority shareholders in action brought by minority shareholders seeking corporate dissolution and asserting claims for  breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud, resulting in purchase of 100% of stock by majority shareholders under favorable terms
  • Lead trial counsel to beneficiaries of trust in connection with asserting claims against trustee for breaches of fiduciary duty and breaches of trust, through trial in Maine Probate Court, resulting in settlement under favorable terms
  • Lead trial counsel to institutional trustee, defending against claims of conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, unjust enrichment, and punitive damages brought by beneficiaries of testamentary trusts
  • Lead trial counsel to surviving children, who were sole beneficiaries under father’s will, challenging transfers engineered by stepmother before father’s death, prosecuted simultaneously in federal court, Maine Superior Court, and Maine Probate Court
  • Lead trial counsel to beneficiary of trust in connection with enforcing rights to receive reporting relating to trust and to asserting claims against trustee for breaches of fiduciary duty
  • Lead counsel to remainder beneficiaries of marital trust who were children of decedent, and successfully sought early termination of trust before death of stepmother-trustee, prior to litigation
  • Lead trial counsel defending national real estate developer against Unfair Trade Practices claim prosecuted by Maine attorney general
  • Trial counsel defending debt settlement firm and its principal against Unfair Trade Practices claim prosecuted by Maine attorney general
  • Lead trial counsel to banking client in connection with defending against claim for aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty by majority shareholder, brought my minority shareholder of family of companies
  • Lead appellate counsel and lead trial counsel for banking client in connection with obtaining verdict for secured transaction collection effort and defeating multiple appellate challenges
  • Lead counsel to large mortgage companies defending against counterclaims brought by homeowners in foreclosure matters
  • Lead counsel to supplier of building materials in collection efforts against non-paying building contractors, including obtaining mechanic's liens
  • Counsel for nuclear power companies in spent nuclear fuel litigation brought against the United States Department of Energy