Eric John Purchase

Eric John Purchase

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Erie, PA

Purchase George & Murphey, P.C.
 | 2525 West 26th Street, Suite 200
Erie, PA 16506
Phone: 814-580-5017
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Eric J. Purchase has been representing people in personal injury cases in northwestern Pennsylvania since 1991.  He began his practice with a large Erie firm and focused on both commercial litigation and insurance defense.  He had cases and clients around the country and the globe, including Singapore, the Netherlands and Brazil.  In 2006 he started a solo practice that focused on the representation of injured people in their claims against negligent tortfeasors and insurers.  In 2010 he formed Purchase & George, P.C. where he continues to focus on the representation of the injured.  Mr. Purchase is an active speaker who has given seminars to attorneys and insurance professionals on subjects including trial tactics, auto law, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice law and other personal injury subjects.  He is an officer and member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, is President of the Board of Directors of the Erie County Bar Association, has served multiple terms as  chairman of the Civil Litigation Section of the Erie County Bar Association and is a member of various other professional organizations.

About Eric Purchase

Admitted: 1991, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Erie County Bar Association President's Award for Exemplary Service to the ECBA, President's Award, Erie County Bar Association, 2015
  • Presented for hard work and dedication to the Kearsarge Fire Department., Businessman of the Year, Kearsarge Fire Department
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor
  • The Order of the Coif - Pittsburgh Chapter, The Order of the Coif - Pittsburgh Chapter, The Order of the Coif

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice - Western Caucus Whip (2016 - 2018), 2018
  • President, Erie County Bar Association, 2018
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Secretary, 2017
  • Vice-President, Erie County Bar Association Board of Trustees, 2017
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers - Treasurer, 2016
  • Erie County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section Chairman, 2016
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers, Treasurer, 2016
  • Erie County Bar Association, Second Vice-President, 2016
  • Chairman, Erie County Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, 2012
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Commission, Investigative Panel Member, 2007
  • Erie County Bar Association - Chair - Civil Litigation Section, 2007
  • Erie County Bar Association, Board of Trustees
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice - Board of Governors
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Political Action Committee, Zone 7 Representative
  • Erie County Bar Association, Board of Trustees
  • Board of Governors, Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Governor's Club Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Attorney, Northwestern Legal Services (1991 - 2018), 2018
  • New Blossoms New Life Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Boys & Girls Club of Erie, Board of Directors

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • A primer for young lawyers on the fundamentals of Civil Litigation practice in Pennsylvania, Speaker/Presenter, Civil Litigation 101, Erie County Bar Association, Erie County Bar Association, 2015
  • 2013 - Public Health Law, Guest Lecturer, Medical Malpractice and the Health Care System, Mercyhurst University, 2013
  • A CLE approved seminar for attorneys and physicians offering a critical analysis of Pennsylvania's proposed apology law which would change the rules of evidence in medical malpractice and nursing home negligence cases. , Speaker, Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word, 2012
  • A CLE approved course for newly admitted Erie County Bar Association Members, Speaker, Civil Litigation 101, 2012
  • Mercyhurst University, Public Health Law and Policy Class, "Medical Malpractice and the Adversarial System", Guest Lecturer, 2012
  • A CLE approved seminar for first year members of the Erie County Bar Association, Speaker, Civil Litigation 101, 2011
  • CLE Approved Seminar on Pennsylvania Tort Reform Legislation, Moderator, Joint and Several Liability in Pennsylvania, 2011
  • A consumer's guide to car insurance and personal injury claims., Co-Author, The Ultimate Guide to Car Accident Cases in Pennsylvania: A Roadmap to Justice, 2010
  • A CLE approved seminar sponsored by the Erie County Bar Association on the subject of Automobile Law., Speaker, Auto Law Update, Erie County Bar Association, 2009
  • A CLE approved seminar sponsored by the Erie County Bar Association on the subject of trial skills and tactics., Speaker, Trial Tactics: Making the Most of What 'Ya Got, Erie County Bar Association, 2008
  • A CLE approved seminar sponsored by the Erie County Bar Association on the subject of Underinsured and Uninsured Claims Practice, Speaker/Moderator, Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist Claims Practice Seminar, Erie County Bar Association, 2007
  • A discussion of the downward adjustment in value of shares in a closely held corporation reflecting the risks associated with a minority position., Author, The Problem of the Minority Discount, Business Magazine, 2002

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Hodgins v. Taylor, et al.  Jury Verdict following trial on injuries suffered in motor vehicle accident:  $1,250,000.00.  Pre-trial offer was $55,000., 2015
  • Millville Mutual Insurance v. Hodgins, et al. - Bench Trial in declaratory judgment action to determine scope of coverage owed pursuant to a homeowner's policy with incidental business endorsement. , 2015
  • Angela Cres Trust v. Millcreek Township - Bench Trial to recover expert witness costs in eminent domain contest., 2015
  • Township of Millcreek v. Angela Cres Trust Estate. Bench trial on client's petition for recovery of attorney fees.  Favorable verdict in the amount of $517,868., 2014
  • Engel v. Palmer, Erie County, PA: An auto accident case in which our client suffered an aggravation of a pre-existing pars defect.  Pre-trial offer was $18,000.  Verdict was $375,968.32 , 2014
  • Girard Township vs. Lake Erie Community Park:  Lake Erie Community Park (LECP) was a non-profit corporation that had managed a local park since the 1940s when they'd deeded the park to a local municipality.  The municipality sued LECP to take possession of the park.  LECP defended on the notion that the deed was ambiguous and that extraneous evidence demonstrated an intent between LECP the the municipality that LECP would operate the park in perpetuity.  The verdict of the jury was that the deed was not ambiguous. , 2013
  • Erie County Licensed Beverage Association v. Erie County (Equitable Relief, Favorable), 2007
  • Askins v. Adams, Erie County, Jury (Favorable Verdict), 2007
  • Carter v. Caruana, Erie County, Jury (Favorable Verdict), 2003
  • Akerly v. Williams, Erie County, Jury (Favorable Verdict), 2003
  • Leopold v. Lanager, Erie County, Jury (Adverse Verdict), 2002
  • Kaiser v. Faulhaber, Erie County, Jury (Hung), 2002
  • Hofmann v. Miseyka, Erie County, Jury (Favorable Verdict), 2001
  • Litowkin, et al. v. Robie, Erie County, Jury (Favorable Verdict), 2001
  • Proper v. Gregor, Erie County, Jury (Favorable Verdict), 2001
  • Widomski v. Gehrlein, Erie County, Jury (Favorable Verdict), 1999
  • Westcott v. Levesque, Erie County, Jury (Favorable Verdict), 1998
  • Cook, et al. v. Erie County Sportsmen's League, Erie County, Non-Jury (Adverse Verdict), 1998
  • Kremm v. D & D Landscaping, Mercer County, Jury (Favorable Verdict), 1997
  • Albaugh v. Northwest Medical Center, Venango County, Jury (Favorable Verdict), 1997
  • Chautacqua County, NY, Jury (Adverse Verdict)
  • Weller v. Hollabaugh, Crawford County, Non-Jury (Favorable Verdict)
  • Pollock v. Quality Markets, Warren County, Jury (Favorable Verdict)
  • Burleigh v. Savitz, Warren County, Jury (Favorable Verdict)
  • Sturgis v. May, Erie County, Non-Jury (Favorable Verdict)

Educational Background:

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 1991
  • Gannon University, B.A., 1988
Office Location for Eric John Purchase

2525 West 26th Street
Suite 200
Erie, PA 16506


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Last Updated: 2/8/2018

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