Eric K. Falk

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Eric K. Falk

Partner

efalk@rawle.com

Pittsburgh

Tel (412) 261-5708

Fax (412) 261-5710

Bio

Since 1988, Eric K. Falk has concentrated his practice in the area of toxic tort litigation, defending both Fortune 500 companies and regional businesses against allegations of various diseases due to exposures to asbestos, silica, coal tar pitch and coal tar pitch volatiles, and a variety of chemicals and solvents, including benzene, toluene, xylene, isocyanates and various other aromatic and chlorinated hydrocarbons.

Mr. Falk has handled cases involving a wide variety of disease claims, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, the various leukemias, lymphomas, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, colon cancer, toxic encephalopathy and other neurological deficits.  He has represented his clients in a variety of jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Texas, Washington, Minnesota, Tennessee, New York, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Arkansas.

He was selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Mass Torts by Martindale-Hubbell, and he has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell from 2004 to 2017.

Mr. Falk is currently a Vice Chair of the ABA Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee.  He is a past chair of the DRI Industrywide Litigation Committee and a past newsletter editor for the DRI Toxic Tort Committee.  He has been a speaker/presenter at various DRI and ABA Asbestos and Toxic Tort seminars.  He has also authored or co-authored the following articles:

"PENNSYLVANIA—Toxic Torts: A Long and Winding Road: Unique Frye Motion Granted in Allegheny County," Rawle's Reports, Volume 19, Number 10, October 2015,

"Howard v. A.W. Chesterton: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reminds Us That They Meant What They Said On Toxic Tort Causation," DRI Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Newsletter, Volume 17, Issue 1 - April 2014,

“Island Hopping Among the Chromosomes: Are Chromosomal Aberrations the Trump Card in Toxic Tort Causation?”, co-authored with Julie Nord Friedman and Howard M. Sandler, which appeared in the DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Newsletter, Volume 15, Issue 1, July 2012,

“The Epidemiology of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,” which  appeared in the November, 2008 issue of For the Defense, the publication of DRI,

“A Short Explanation of Retrospective Exposure Assessment and It’s Use in Toxic Tort Litigation,” which appeared in the Winter, 2009 issue of the ABA Toxic Tort Committee Newsletter,

“Developing Strategy in Mass Tort Litigation,” co-authored with A. Michael  Pratt, which appeared in the September, 2003 issue of For the Defense.

He received his J.D. in 1984 from the University of  Pittsburgh School of Law and his B.S. with Honors in 1981 from the American University in Washington, D.C.

He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Eric is an avid amateur photographer who is particularly interested in natural and man-made architecture.  He has his own webpage.  Eric was featured in the January 22, 2016 issue of the Legal Journal of the Allegheny County Bar Association in an article about his photography and his work as an attorney.  His photos were shown in a 3-month-long exhibition in the lobby of the United States District Court House for the Western District of Pennsylvania from December 2014 through February 2015, and he had another exhibit of his photography titled “People Watching” featured at Image Box Gallery in Pittsburgh in April 2015.  In addition, Eric had a 6-week showing of some of his photography at The Rivers Club in Pittsburgh during the summer of 2015. Eric’s work was also featured in a photography exhibit, “Street Stories,” which ran in November 2016 at Image Box Gallery in the Bloomfield section of Pittsburgh. His work was displayed at the Artists’ Gallery in the Bellevue section of Pittsburgh in May 2017.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Education

University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D. 1984
The American University, Washington, D.C., B.S. with Honors, 1981

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

Seminars, Speeches & Publications