Eric W. Hines
Eric is an experienced trial lawyer who primarily focuses his trial practice on employment litigation, health law and personal injury litigation, representing his clients before trial and appellate courts, arbitrators, and mediators. Eric has extensive first and second chair trial experience in medical malpractice, employment, wrongful death, products liability and high-stakes commercial cases. Eric has tried cases involving significant damages to verdict throughout Texas. Eric has recently obtained jury verdicts in favor of his clients in a medical malpractice case, an employment discrimination lawsuit and a commercial litigation matter, including LDJH Ltd. v. Yellow Jacket Oilfield Services, LLC, Gerardus Smith, and Tommy Robertson, which was named as one of the top 100 verdicts in the nation for 2017 by ALM Verdict Search and The National Law Journal.
In his nearly 20 years of practice, Eric finds himself most comfortable in the courtroom fighting for his client in front of a jury. Eric’s mindset is to prepare each case as if it will be tried. This mindset and his experience let Eric identify critical issues and facts from day one and best position his clients for a successful outcome.
Eric’s practice also encompasses a broad spectrum of clients and legal fields. Eric has developed significant knowledge of the state and federal statutory law and case law governing highly specialized and regulated fields. He consistently advises and defends hospitals, physicians, professional associations, nurses, nursing homes, and individuals in cases involving:
• medical negligence and malpractice,
• medical equipment defects,
• employment litigation,
• staff credentialing and peer review,
• licensing and review boards,
• products liability issues, and
• professional negligence.
He also regularly advises corporations, small businesses, and individuals in matters involving:
• contract and commercial disputes, and
• intellectual property issues.
Eric loves spending time with his wife and his son. His free time is spent watching or coaching his son’s sports’ teams.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 1999
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2000
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2009
J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 1999
B.A. History, University of Texas at Austin, 1995
Dallas Bar Association
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Named by D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas (2018)
Texas Super Lawyers® Rising Stars® list, Thomson Reuters Legal, (2004 - 2005, 2009)
Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society
Order of the Barrister
Construction Law Update, 15th Annual Construction Symposium, January 2020
Trying the Insurance Coverage Case to a Millennial Jury, 26th Annual Insurance Symposium, April 2019
Coverage for Punitive Damages, 25th Annual Insurance Symposium, April 2018
Interpreting Chapter 95, 13th Annual Construction Symposium, January 2018
Handling Employee Information: Personnel Files, 2007 Employment Law Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, July, 2007
Beginning and Ending the Employment Relationship, 2006 Employment Law Symposium, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, June 2006
Regulatory Overview of Healthcare: Defining the Roles of Regulatory Oversight From the WHO to Local Health Departments, 7th Annual Forum on Health Care Liability, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, September 2006
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners Regulatory Changes, 5th Annual Forum on Health Care Liability, sponsored by Cooper & Scully, September, 2004