Eric P. Hockman

Partner

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Eric’s practice focuses on complex business, commercial, municipal/governmental, electronically-stored data privacy, aviation, and real estate litigation before Federal and State courts, as well as mediation and arbitration.  Eric has served on the Dade County Bar Association Board as a Director since 2012 and is currently the Treasurer for 2018-19 as well as the Co-Chair of the Government Relations Committee and Chair of the Building Committee.  

His commercial and municipal litigation experience is broad and often addresses complex issues. He has successfully represented a large bank in commercial foreclosures of hotel properties; government entities in property damage claims, code enforcement actions, breach of contract matters, and law enforcement civil liability claims; tenants and landlords in breach of lease and eviction actions; condominium and homeowner associations in lien foreclosure and breach of contract suits; a non-profit museum against a challenge by neighborhood groups to its public property lease; and manufacturers against product liability claims.

Selected Cases: 

  • La Ley Sports Complex at the City of Homestead, LLC v. City of Homestead(2016)Obtained $300,000 judgment in favor of Homestead, defeating a $3 million fraud claim against the City arising out of a lease and purchase agreement for a 140 acre property that included a baseball stadium. 
  • Ober v. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea (2014): Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a municipality by arguing that Florida law causes a lis pendens to expire at the time of judgment, thereby preserving new liens arising from mechanics’ and materialmens’ liens, code enforcement liens, and judgment liens while foreclosing lenders sit on property without conducting a judicial sale. The case was initially upheld on appeal before the court reversed itself and determined the issue was one for legislative action.

Eric is experienced in data privacy matters, particularly with assisting clients to avoid a breach.  If a breach occurs, Eric has assisted clients with managing the impact, addressing harm, and avoiding lawsuits. 

Eric is also the firm’s information technology partner and manages the firm’s vendors and information technology systems.  He also employs advanced technology in his practice to better represent clients and manage costs. He frequently uses advanced presentation techniques in the courtroom to present clients’ arguments clearly, using a combination of oral argument and visual evidence. In addition, Eric is very experienced with e-discovery techniques and has managed document discovery and review in a matter involving more than 3.2 million documents.

Eric’s aviation experience is unique. Eric spent over 11 years working full-time in the industry as a pilot, flight instructor, airframe & powerplant technician, and maintenance manager. Before law school, Eric began working for Northwest Airlines as a heavy maintenance technician and was promoted to management, where he was responsible for managing a union workforce performing heavy maintenance on Douglas DC-9 and DC-10, Boeing 727 and 757, and Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. He also supervised a maintenance contractor in Singapore on behalf of the airline. In addition to flying and maintaining his own 1961 Cessna 310-F aircraft for several years, Eric has flown commercial cargo flights and taught beginning and advanced pilots how to fly.

Awards and Recognitions

  • "AV Preeminent Rating", Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
  • "Florida Rising Star", Florida SuperLawyers 2016
  • "Florida Rising Star," Florida SuperLawyers, 2012-2015
  • William Mitchell Law Review, Staff Member, 2003-2004
  • William Mitchell College of Law Merit Scholarship
  • Class of 1961 Scholarship

Memberships

  • Dade County Bar Association, Treasurer 2018-2019; Board of Directors 2012-2018, Government Relations Committee 2015-Present, Budget Committee 2016-Present, Executive Committee, 2014-2015 and 2017-2018; Building Committee 2018-2019
  • The Florida Bar, Aviation Law Committee, 2013
  • Greater Miami Sigma Chi Alumni Association, Vice President (2012-2013) President (2013-2014)
  • Greater Miami William Mitchell College of Law Alumni Association, founding member (2013)

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