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Eric Chaffin


About Eric Chaffin

Eric T. Chaffin is a Co-Founder and the Managing Partner of Chaffin Luhana. Mr. Chaffin comes from humble roots as the son of a steelworker and the first person in his family to attend college. Since 2003, he has focused his career on exclusively representing plaintiffs. 

In 2010, Mr. Chaffin co-founded Chaffin Luhana with Roopal Luhana as a national, plaintiffs-only product liability and catastrophic personal injury firm with offices in New York City, Pittsburgh, Pa., and West Virginia.

In traditional product liability litigation, Mr. Chaffin has handled a wide array of cases against various types of manufacturers, with dozens of multimillion-dollar recoveries. In mass tort pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, Mr. Chaffin has been appointed by federal and state courts to various leadership positions in national plaintiffs’ litigation, including the Denture Cream Product Liability Litigation in the Southern District of Florida that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements.

Mr. Chaffin also has extensive appellate experience in both civil and criminal cases. Mr. Chaffin has represented the government, organizations, and individuals before various state and federal appellate courts, including the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to focusing exclusively on representing plaintiffs, Mr. Chaffin was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York. In that role, Mr. Chaffin prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including narcotics trafficking, organized crime, murder, racketeering, money laundering, immigration fraud, terrorism, arms trafficking, securities fraud, perjury, mail fraud, and wire fraud.

Before being a federal prosecutor, Mr. Chaffin was a federal district court law clerk, and was a corporate defense attorney with Reed Smith LLP in Pittsburgh—a large international corporate defense firm. There, he represented Fortune 500 companies in criminal investigations, defended a number of class actions, and tried an age discrimination case to a successful defense verdict. While Mr. Chaffin values the perspective his defense work at Reed Smith provided him, the more extensive work he does these days—for survivors—is in keeping with his humble roots and personal values.

Mr. Chaffin maintains residences with his family in New York and the Greater Pittsburgh area, splitting time between the firm’s offices. When Mr. Chaffin is not managing the firm or working with his clients, he enjoys time with his family, endurance sports, hiking, fishing, skiing, and traveling. Mr. Chaffin is a 2020 Ironman 70.3 All World Athlete (top 10% points ranking in the world for the 70.3-mile triathlon distance) and a New York City Marathon finisher.

Select Successes

  • Co-Lead Counsel and Co-Liaison Counsel In Re: Denture Cream Litigation, which resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries for individual plaintiffs
  • Served on the plaintiff’s counsel committees in the multidistrict litigation involving defective Medtronic and Guidant heart devices in the District of Minnesota, which resulted in over $100 million and $240 million in settlements respectively
  • Counsel for a California corporation in the Electronic Article Surveillance market in a David-and-Goliath type action for anti-competitive advertisements in violation of the Lanham Act in California federal court, resulting in a confidential settlement
  • $17.5 million class settlement against Dell and Dell Financial on behalf of defrauded consumers who were victimized by a “bait-and-switch” financing scheme
  • $9 million single product liability settlement against a product manufacturer
  • $3.8 million settlement for wrongful death caused by automobile defect against an auto manufacturer
  • $2.5 million settlement for workplace wrongful death
  • $2 million settlement for child burned by gel fuel
  • $1.5 million settlement for two investors against a broker for losses from unsuitable investments
  • $1 million settlement for two individuals injured in an ATV accident
  • $800,000 settlement for foot fractures from an auto accident
  • $750,000 settlement for a concussion from an auto accident
  • $435,000 settlement for a cervical fracture from a single-car auto crash
  • $300,000 settlement for a shoulder tear from a trucking accident

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • State of Ohio
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • State of West Virginia
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • United States District Court, Southern Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Assistant U.S. Attorney
Criminal Division
United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York

Honorable D. Brooks Smith
United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

(Judge Smith currently serves as Chief Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.)

  • American Association for Justice
  • Leaders Forum, AAJ
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors, PAJ (2016-2020)
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • West Virginia Association for Justice
  • Injury Board
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates 
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer, New York, 2010-2020

W&L University School of Law 
J.D., 1996, cum laude

    • Moot Court Board Chairman
    • John W. Davis Scholarship
    • Moot Court Winner of Best Brief and Runner-up for Best Oral Advocate
    • U.S. Attorney Externship (tried three federal jury trials to verdict)

West Virginia University
B.A., 1993, summa cum laude

    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • University Honors Scholar
    • Arts & Sciences Scholar
    • Judith Herndon Fellow
    • Debate Team Captain
    • Founder, WVU Chapter, Habitat for Humanity
  • Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Prosecutions & Trial Advocacy Clinic
  • Lecturer, Anti-Distracted Driving at various high schools in West Virginia and Pennsylvania
  • Lecturer, Off-label Marketing of Pharmaceutical Drugs and Medical Devices, Albany Law School
  • Author, “De-Escalate the Expert Discovery Wars,” AAJ Trial Magazine (June 2008)
  • Author, “Higher Education Law: The Relationship with the Faculty,” The Law of Higher Education, Pa. Bar. Inst. (1997)
  • Author, “Review of Third Circuit Antitrust Cases (May 1993-May 1995),” 1001 Antitrust Challenges in the 90’s: Enforcement Reaches New Heights, Pa. Bar. Inst. (1995)
  • Legal expert appearances in the Wall Street JournalForbes, ABC’s” Good Morning America,” CNBC’s “Power Lunch,”, Court Radio, Fox Radio, KDKA News Radio, and various Pittsburgh radio and television news affiliates.
  • Featured Author, The Legal Examiner
  • Team Reeve, NYC Marathon 2019
  • Trustee, Chaffin Luhana Foundation
  • Founder, Chaffin Luhana Foundation’s 10k Sandwiches
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