This article is about J. Erik Connolly, an executive committee member, Managing Chair of Litigation Group, and Co-Chair of Securities Litigation Practice Group.
Erik is a reputed lawyer who specializes in high-stakes, complex commercial litigation.
Erik’s expertise is in handling high-stakes, complex commercial litigation cases that are featured in top publications like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNN, MSNBC, and The Daily.
In these cases, winning or losing means billions of dollars and business lines operating or being shut down. Erik and his teams have a recognized track record of success.
Erik is best known for handling defamation cases and has a recognized track record of success.
He represented a beef producer in the $6 billion “pink slime” litigation against ABC, which has been called the largest defamation case in U.S. history.
Currently, he is representing a voting machine company in multiple lawsuits stemming from defamatory statements made about the company after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, including a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox.
He is also representing one of the country’s largest oral care companies in a multi-billion-dollar defamation claim against NBC.
Erik has experience in handling a variety of “bet the company” cases ranging from securities fraud to trade secret misappropriation to breach of contract.
Erik and his teams have won marathon-length trials, secured precedent-setting summary judgment rulings, defeated class certification in multi-billion-dollar cases, and obtained dismissal of complaints alleging nine and ten-figure damages.
Erik and his teams are always prepared to take cases to trial, and they have done so in courtrooms across the country.
However, they also understand the value of an early resolution when the stakes are high. Erik and his teams have found ways to win cases before going to trial, saving their clients money and taking away the litigation risk.
Erik has represented Fortune 50 banking and financial institutions in securities fraud and other market manipulation cases.
He has also represented Fortune 100 and 500 technology companies in consumer protection, fraud, breach of contract, and trade secret cases.
He has represented publicly traded consumer product companies as well as privately held companies that are industry leaders in fields ranging from agriculture to precious metals to wealth management to accounting and auditing.
Erik balances a relentless pursuit of his client’s objective with an unwavering commitment to service and an intentional focus on diversity and inclusion.
He and his teams are dedicated to providing an outstanding and memorable experience for their clients. Erik’s attention to client service is “unmatched.”
Diversity and inclusion are also bedrock principles for Erik and his teams. Erik works with an incredible team of attorneys, paralegals, and professionals who come from different backgrounds, have different experiences, and bring different perspectives to the challenging issues being handled. Collectively, they are “second to none.”