Eric W. Matzke, Associate

Biography

Eric W. Matzke is an attorney in the Product Liability Practice Group. Eric represents clients in litigation relating to a variety of products, and advises clients on product liability and related issues outside of litigation. Eric has also represented clients in breach of warranty and breach of contract cases across the country.

Eric has represented clients in cases venued in both state and federal court across 23 states. His recent experience includes:

  • Representing a water tank manufacturer at a product liability trial in federal court in Louisiana, resulting in a defense verdict;
  • Obtaining a dismissal on behalf of a mining equipment manufacturer in a traumatic brain injury case involving a portable rock crushing plant;
  • Representing a motorcycle manufacturer at a wrongful death trial involving a motorcycle helmet where the jury returned a defense verdict;
  • Obtaining a dismissal on behalf of a pump manufacturer in a wrongful death action arising from the explosion of a vertical slurry pump;
  • Representing an industrial equipment manufacturer as national counsel in product liability cases across the country;
  • Obtaining a summary judgment in favor of a skid-steer manufacturer in a product liability action filed in Massachusetts federal court;
  • Representing a national music organization in copyright infringement actions;
  • Representing a pro bono client in a jury trial involving a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claim arising from alleged First-Amendment retaliation.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Marquette University Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 2010)
    • CALI Award for Excellence – Evidence; Trial Advocacy; Products Liability; Advanced Legal Research: Federal; Legal Analysis, Writing and Research 2
    • Dean's List (6 semesters)
    • Marquette Law Review (Note and Comment Editor)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.A., with distinction, 2007)
    • Mock Trial Team (Board Member and Team Member)
    • UNICEF (Treasurer and Director of Christmas for Kids Initiative)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2010

Professional and Civic Activities

  • DRI (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Editions 2013 - 2015 (Personal Injury Defense: Products)