Erik Clark is a trial and appellate lawyer focusing on business litigation. Erik’s work includes disputes involving government regulatory actions, school finance, open meetings, public records law, health-care regulations, antitrust matters, multi-million-dollar contract and insurance claims, and executive employment/non-competition matters. Erik has significant experience acting as special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General, representing agencies of the State of Ohio in matters challenging the constitutionality of state laws and the authority of state officials.
Selected to the 2017-2023 Ohio Super Lawyers lists and the 2015-2016 Ohio Rising Stars lists, Erik has represented clients including Uber, ProMedica, CVS, Cedar Fair, Urban Active, Trillium Farm Holdings, The Ohio State University, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Ohio State Employment Relations Board, the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Beyond these clients, Erik is proud to represent a number of small businesses and individuals whose names may not be familiar but whose legal matters are just as important.
Erik’s work is focused exclusively on resolving disputes, whether in litigation, administrative proceedings, arbitration, mediation, or just one-on-one settlement discussions with opposing counsel. He strives to develop strategies to achieve effective and efficient results for clients. Sometimes this means quickly earning opposing counsel’s trust and respect so that the parties can quickly put a dispute behind them with a settlement. Other times, nothing short of a full-blown jury trial and appeal will work. Erik believes that clients get the best results when their attorneys prepare as if the case will go to trial, even though most cases settle at some point along the way. He relishes the opportunity to stand up in a courtroom and present his client’s case, but he is always looking for ways to achieve a faster and less expensive solution.
After graduating summa-cum-laude from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of Ohio State Law Journal, Erik clerked for Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton on the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. He then served as the 2005-2006 Simon Karas Fellow and assistant state solicitor in the Ohio State Solicitor’s office, where he assisted in representing the State of Ohio in high-profile appeals before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He then became a business-litigation associate at one of the largest law firms in the world, before he left in 2012 to join Organ Law LLP.
Throughout his years of practicing, Erik has devoted a significant portion of his time to appellate work, including taking on appeals following trials handled by other counsel. He has argued multiple high-profile cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, the Sixth Circuit, the Eighth Circuit, and several intermediate state appellate courts. But the majority of Erik’s work has been on the trial-court level, where he has been lead counsel on cases in every stage of litigation, from pleadings and discovery to dispositive motions and jury trials.
Before law school, Erik was a newspaper journalist with a Master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University. He has been married to a lawyer for over 20 years—proof that not all disputes must end in court, no matter how much lawyers might want them to. His life purpose is to try to be the best husband and father he can and to seek out ways to help people, either as a lawyer specifically or as a human generally.
- The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2004)
- The Ohio State University (M.A., 2000)
- Wittenberg University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1998)
- Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton 6th Cir., U.S. Ct. of Appeals
- State of Ohio
- United State Supreme Court
- 6th Circuit Ct. of Appeals
- 8th Circuit Ct. of Appeals
- Southern District of Ohio
- Northern District of Ohio