Foley & Lardner LLP announced today that Erik Swanholt has joined the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice as a partner in the Los Angeles office.
With over 19 years of experience as a business litigator, Mr. Swanholt’s practice is focused on a wide range of litigation matters involving product liability, commercial and consumer class actions, toxic tort litigation and pharmaceutical drug defects. He also works on matters involving privacy, cybersecurity and data protection. Erik represents clients in the public sector across a variety of industries, most notably the consumer products, pharmaceutical and health care industries.
“Erik has a well-rounded practice that is deeply rooted in the complex business litigation matters our clients are heavily focused on, particularly as it relates to pharmaceuticals and consumer class actions,” said Michael Gay, chair of Foley’s Litigation Department and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice. “His experience representing some of the most premier entities in the space will be a tremendous fit for our Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.”
Recent work carried out by Mr. Swanholt includes representation of Abbott Laboratories, BSH, Celgene, Dole, Fisher-Price, Genentech, Mattel, North Safety Products, PepsiCo, Sempra, Takeda, Textron, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Yamaha in various public matters.
At both the federal and state levels, Mr. Swanholt handles complex commercial litigation involving unfair competition, deceptive trade practices and antitrust claims. Throughout his career he has also worked on construction matters and tort actions in the off-road vehicles, industrial safety equipment and asbestos industries.
“With consumer class actions continuing to be top of mind for many of our clients both in California and nationally, Erik is a natural addition to our California team,” said Jeff Atkin, managing partner of Foley’s Los Angeles office. “His joining is another step forward in growing our Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice and presence in the burgeoning California market.”
Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Swanholt was a partner at Jones Day.