For over twenty years, Mr. Milby has been helping clients resolve corporate, partnership, real estate, construction, and a wide variety of other commercial and contract disputes. His primary practice area is business litigation. Much of that litigation involves disputes within a business such as shareholder disputes, partnership disputes or membership disputes where one party is claiming “minority oppression” or “freezeout/squeezeout” by a majority of the business owners or violations of the fiduciary duties that business partners owe to the company and each other. These cases are often called “business divorce” cases or “dissolution” cases because the business owners often end up going their separate ways either by settlement, splitting up or partitioning the business, dissolving or closing down the business, or because one party receives a cash payment or buyout to leave the business (Business Divorce). Additionally, much of his practice is devoted to disputes between businesses primarily in construction and real estate issues.
Mr. Milby has had remarkable success in jury trials, bench trials and arbitration matters. Within a week after receiving his license to practice, he tried his first bench trial and has been trying cases ever since. However, in this day and age, with clients preferring to avoid the expense and uncertainty of litigation, more than 90% of all business cases result in negotiated settlements. Thus, Mr. Milby has focused much of his professional development on the art, and science, of successful negotiation. Those skills, backed up by an ever-present willingness to take an adversary all the way through trial and a successful litigation track record, regularly enable him to achieve the best possible result for the client while avoiding the expense and distraction of protracted litigation.
“I needed counsel and retained Eric. It was an extremely emotional time and Eric not only provided an excellent defense, but somehow he was always able to keep me calm. He is a lawyer who cares about his clients and I believe fights for what is right.”
“I would highly recommend Eric. My case was filled with twists and turns and Eric was prepared for every one. He leaves nothing to chance and really knows the law. In closing I want you to know Eric won my case for me and his opponent was one of the most prestigious law firms in the city. He should be very proud and I am forever grateful.”
“Eric is a friendly yet focused attorney that always works in his client’s best interest. I highly recommend him to anyone for legal counsel in contract and/or real estate matters.”
“I have been in my own business for 17 years and part of our longevity can be attributed to Mr. Milby. He has an incredible aptitude for corporate law. There has never been a question or issue too great or too small. His attention to detail and energy for each task never wavers.”
“His support and office personnel are also as energetic and helpful. He is dedicated and research oriented, while maintaining his client’s best interest both legally and pragmatically. He is easy to work with and understand. He will take the extra time to explain the most complex legal issues so that making educated corporate decisions is not cumbersome.”
“I highly recommend Mr. Milby. He is someone you can trust.”
“Our company has used Eric on several occasions and find him to be diligent and thorough.”
Repeat panelist – Nuts and Bolts of Practicing in the Commerce Case Management Program, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Organizer and Moderator – Counseling the Corporation, Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Panelist – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover . . . err, Business Partner, American Bar Association, 2015 Spring Meeting of the Section of Business Law
Eric C. Milby was awarded an “AV” rating from his peers, which means that he was deemed to have very high professional ethics and preeminent legal ability. Only lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability receive a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.
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Eric lives in Merion with his wife Megan and three daughters. He enjoys sailing, snow skiing, wakeboarding, and running.