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 an avid cyclist, runner and swimmer. He is currently an Ironman All World Athlete (top 10% points ranking in the world for the 140.6-mile and individual 70.3-mile triathlon distances in his age group), a former Ironman 70.3 All World Athlete (top 10% points ranking in the world for the 70.3-mile triathlon in his age group), a New York City Marathon finisher and has competed in RAIN (a 161-mile bike race across Indiana).
Assistant U.S. Attorney
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.)
W&L University School of Law
J.D., 1996, cum laude
West Virginia University
B.A., 1993, summa cum laude
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