Eric Hecker is a partner at Cuti Hecker Wang LLP, where he has a diverse trial and appellate litigation practice. Eric is an experienced civil rights litigator who has successfully handled many, prisoners' rights, police misconduct, employment discrimination, wage and hour, First Amendment, children's rights, housing discrimination, and election law cases. He also litigates a wide variety of commercial disputes involving contract, partnership, and intellectual property issues.
Eric graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and an Articles Editor on the Michigan Law Review. He clerked for three federal judges: David Tatel of the D.C. Circuit, Thelton Henderson of the Northern District of California, and Constance Baker Motley of the Southern District of New York. Eric taught a course in election law at Cardozo Law School from 2005 through 2015, and he was named a “Super Lawyer” for civil rights and business litigation each year from 2009 through 2018.Eric has represented prisoners in numerous cases during his career, mostly individual damages actions for alleged physical abuse by corrections officers. He currently represents a class of approximately 500 pre-trial detainees in Parker v. City of New York, which involves unconstitutional placement in solitary confinement (the case settled and is now in the settlement administration phase). Eric also represented the Estate of John McAllister, who committed suicide at Downstate Correctional Facility in 2016. That case, which recently settled for $1.6 million, will be addressed as part of his presentation today.