Eric S. Casher

Overview

Eric Casher is an experienced litigator with expertise in various forms of complex construction litigation, government contracting, writ petitions, appeals and investigative matters. He represents municipalities, public agencies and some private clients at all stages of project development from front-end contract formation and drafting of bid specifications to complex construction disputes involving construction defects, delay claims, accounting and profit-sharing issues, and bid protest litigation. In 2013, Eric was appointed by Attorney General Kamala Harris to serve a four-year term on the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The National Bar Association named Eric to the 2011 “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” list.

Eric has experience representing clients including public and private developers, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, as well as, government agencies and municipalities in resolution of a range of complex construction disputes and related litigation matters. Eric is well versed in all forms of pre-trial litigation including dispositive motions, pre-trial discovery, and various stages of motion practice. Eric has participated in several successful mediations where he has secured favorable results for his clients. Eric also has extensive experience in arbitration hearings. His representative matters include disputes involving construction and design defects, complex indemnity issues, construction project delay claims, mechanic’s lien claims, complex damage calculations, ADA disputes, complex loan guarantees, bid protests, as well as, writs and appeals. Recently, Eric successfully defended a writ of petition on behalf of his client, a local city, and prevailed at the California Court of Appeals level. The published decision affirms the discretion of a City in waiving an error in a bid for a public works project.

While attending law school Eric participated in several student organizations and activities. He served as the Editor-In-Chief of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and Vice President of the Black Law Students Association. He also worked as a student clinician in the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic and organized and executed “Know Your Rights” trainings for student groups in Modesto. In 2006, Eric was named “Student Leader of the Year” by the Associated Students of UC Hastings.

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Northern California Super Lawyers, Rising Star; 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Recipient, Lawyers of Color, “Hot List,” 2014
  • Recipient, “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40,” National Bar Association, 2011
  • Recipient, "2010-2011 Alumni of the Year," UC Hastings College of the Law - Black Law Students Association
  • Recipient, "Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service," Bar Association of San Francisco, 2010

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, “I’m A Lawyer, I Don’t Need a Brand, Or Do I,” California Minority Counsel Program 25th Anniversary Conference, 2014
  • Speaker, “Pleadings and Dispositive Motions,” Charles Houston Bar Association, MCLE Series, 2014
  • Speaker, “Bid Protests and the Impact of Recent Legislation,” 18th Annual American Public Works Association (APWA) Conference, 2014
  • Speaker, “Navigating Your Way Through Bid Protests,” CSDA Annual Conference, 2013
  • Speaker, “Bid Protests and the Impact of Legislation,” APWA Annual Conference, 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, UC Hastings College of the Law - Black Law Students Association Graduation, 2011
  • Co-Author, “We Are All Going Green! A New Green Contract Addendum is Released,” Kluwer Law International - Construction Law Blog, 2010
  • Author, “Bad Faith Settlement Claims by Contractors Against Two Sureties Illustrate When Conduct May Be Improper,” ConstructionWebLinks Industry Reports Newsletter, 2010
  • Speaker, “Lessons Learned From the Obama Campaign and Grassroots Constituency Group Organizing,” U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program (Sweden), U.S. Department of State, 2010
  • Speaker, “Grassroots Political Organizing and the Obama Campaign,” U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program (Digital Video Conference, Suriname), U.S. Department of State, 2010
  • Speaker, “African American Political Progress and the Importance of Youth Participation in Electoral Politics,” U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program (Namibia and Zambia), U.S. Department of State, 2009
  • Author, “Contractual Agreement to Submit Construction Disputes to Referee is Enforceable, California Court Holds,” ConstructionWebLinks Industry Reports Newsletter, 2008

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Commissioner, California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)
  • Board Member, California Bar Foundation
  • Board Member and Life Member, California Association of Black Lawyers
  • Vice President, Charles Houston Bar Association, 2014
  • General Counsel, Charles Houston Bar Association, 2013
  • Member, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
  • Former Vice Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Construction Barrister’s Group, 2009-2011
  • Member, American Bar Association

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, JD, 2006
  • University of California at Berkeley, BA, Sociology, 2000