District of Columbia
Stanford University, J.D., with distinction, 2007, Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review, 2006-07
Harvard College, B.A., summa cum laude, 2004, Phi Beta Kappa; Detur Prize; John Harvard Scholarship
Erik Zimmerman is a commercial and appellate litigator. He previously clerked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Aided by his experience in the judicial system, Erik represents clients at all levels of the federal and state courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, federal and state appellate and trial courts, and federal administrative agencies.
Erik has experience in a broad range of subject areas, including contract disputes, employment and labor law, ERISA, and health care and health insurance law. He also represents clients in cases involving constitutional law, communications law, fraud, the False Claims Act, product liability, punitive damages and federal preemption of state law.
Erik's representative matters include helping to secure dismissal of a multibillion-dollar breach of contract action in federal district court. He also successfully represented a client in appealing a judgment of nearly $100 million to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in another contract dispute.
Erik also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has represented clients in federal and state appeals involving issues of criminal law, the Fourth Amendment and landlord-tenant law.
Honors & Awards
Submitted an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of a federal statute authorizing terror victims to execute on money judgments against Iran for constitutional law professors Edward Hartnett and Erwin Chemerinsky.
Submitted an amicus brief for the Cato Institute to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as applied to military-style raids by police.
Successfully represented a federal contractor on the merits in the U.S. Supreme Court in a False Claims Act case.
Filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court for a medical device manufacturer on an issue of federal preemption of state law.
Submitted a petition for writ of certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court concerning whether a state court ruling on the preclusive effect of a prior judgment violated federal due process.
Successfully appealed a judgment of nearly $100 million to the Fourth Circuit in an insurance contract dispute.
Persuaded the D.C. Circuit to overturn an FCC ruling against a cable television provider under the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Submitted briefs for numerous additional clients in the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal courts of appeals.
Defended an aerospace company in a class action brought by employees and labor unions under ERISA and the Labor Management Relations Act.
Represented the independent directors of a financial services company in a class action involving ERISA claims brought by participants in the company's retirement plan.
Defended an accounting firm against class action claims under the federal securities laws.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Obtained dismissal of a multibillion-dollar breach of contract action against a social networking company.
Secured dismissal of a False Claims Act suit against a health insurance company.
News & Events
- Sept. 18, 2017
- May 31, 2017
- Nov. 3, 2016
- Sept. 2, 2016
- Sept. 21, 2015
- Research Triangle office expands litigation practiceJuly 13, 2015
- March 2016Per Curiam, NCBA Appellate Section Newsletter
- Fall 2015The Appellate Quarterly
- 2015109 Northwestern University Law Review 285
- Law Clerk, The Honorable John G. Roberts Jr., Supreme Court of the United States, 2009-10
- Law Clerk, The Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2008-09