Overview

Eric B. Mack defends private employers, especially financial institutions and hospitals, in a variety of employment disputes, including:

  • Claims of wrongful termination
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Violations of non-compete agreements
  • Tortious interference
  • Wage and hour disputes

Some of Eric’s notable experience includes the following:

  • Rhode Island Superior Court: successfully obtained summary judgment on all counts against plaintiff who alleged unsafe working environment and intentional infliction of emotional distress due to unsafe working conditions.
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut:  successfully obtained summary judgment on all counts for Fortune 500 Company in which plaintiff alleged claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act.
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island:  successfully obtained motion for judgment on the pleadings against airline in which plaintiff alleged claims under the ADEA, the California Disabled Persons Act and the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986.  The district court’s decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island:  successfully opposed plaintiff’s motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) where plaintiff alleged misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference with contractual and advantageous business relationships, breach of fiduciary duties and fraud.  After plaintiff’s motion for a TRO was denied, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed all claims against client.
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts:  represent financial institution in case against former employee and his current employer where it was alleged that defendant stole trade secrets, violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, breached his fiduciary duties and tortiously interfered with advantageous business relationships of plaintiff’s clients.  Successfully obtained a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of client and a multi-year injunction against former employee and his new employer which prohibited employee or his current employer from contacting a number of the financial institution’s clients.
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island: successfully represented major hospital in obtaining former employee’s home computer for forensic analysis to support claim for spoliation of evidence.  The decision was one of the first in the jurisdiction involving an employee alleging discrimination.

Additionally, Eric regularly counsels employers on day-to-day personnel matters, practices and compliance. He routinely conducts in-house training on employment-related topics. He has spoken extensively on various issues, including transgender employees in the workplace, FMLA/ADA issues, and wage and hour issues in the digital age. 

At his prior firm, Eric authored a monthly wage and hour blog which highlighted significant issues related to wage and hour issues across the United States.

As an undergraduate, Eric played on the men's varsity basketball team and was the team captain during the 2003-2004 season.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

2016 Conference Planning Committee

U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island

Chair

Local Rules Committee, Civil Rules Subcommittee

U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island

Member

Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission

Rhode Island Supreme Court

Member, Board of Trustees

St. Andrew’s School

Member, Board of Trustees

Highlander Charter School

Member, Board of Directors

Urban League of Rhode Island

2011-2014

Member, Board of Directors

Star Kids Scholarship Program

Recognition

Named, Rising Star

Rhode Island

Super Lawyers

2012-2015

Recipient, Distinguished Young Alumni Award

St. Andrew's School

2009

News, Analysis & Press

How Employers Should Prepare for Increased Minimum Wages

Law360.com

April 10, 2013

How to Protect Against Whistleblower Claims

New Jersey Lawyer Magazine

December 10, 2012

How Employees Must Provide Return Dates under FMLA Leave

InsideCounsel

August 20, 2012

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, Legalized Marijuana Under the Trump Administration

National Bar Association Labor & Employment Section Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA

October 27, 2017

How Companies Should Handle Overlapping Demands of Family Leave, Disability Accommodation and Temporary Caregiver Leave

Rhode Island Bar Association 2017 Annual Meeting, Providence, RI

June 15, 2017
Rhode Island Employment Law Update

Providence, RI

May 2, 2017

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Providence, RI

December 14, 2016

The New FLSA: Critical Legal Essentials

NBI, Inc., Webinar

July 26, 2016

Working Off-The-Clock: W&H Exposure from Digital Devices

Center for Competitive Management (C4CM), Webinar

December 18, 2015

Employment Law: 2015 Comprehensive Guide

National Business Institute, Providence, RI

October 21, 2015
DOL’s Proposed Changes to the White Collar Regulations: What Should Employers Do Now??

Providence, RI

September 15, 2015

Workplace Injuries: HR Strategies to Avoid the Top Mistake

National Business Institute (NBI) Webinar

June 4, 2014
Rhode Island Employment Law Update

Providence, RI

May 22, 2014

Legislative Update

Association for Healthcare Human Resources Administration of RI (AHHRARI), Providence, RI

November 21, 2013

Friending, Tweeting & Blogging – Protecting Your Practice in the Age of Social Media

Rhode Island Bar Association

June 3, 2012

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, 2007
  • B.A., Tufts University, 2004

Bar Admission

Rhode Island
Massachusetts
Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts