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Eric R. Eide

Mr. Eide obtained a Business Management degree with honors in 1985 from the University of Florida. He remained in Gainesville, earning his Juris Doctorate degree in 1988 from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He seized upon the opportunity to obtain immediate trial and litigation experience by practicing as an Assistant Public Defender with the Ninth Judicial Circuit for Orange County. During his tenure in the public sector, Mr. Eide brought more than 25 cases to jury trial -- including four capital cases.

A lifelong Central Florida resident.  Mr. Eide joined Grower Ketcham in 1991, as an associate. Four years later, Mr. Eide became a Partner. Since his arrival, he has been the Firm's lead counsel in matters of workers' compensation. In doing so, he has become a highly requested speaker in the field. In fact, two of his presentations -- "Trends, Trials & Tribulations" and "Adjusters' Guide to Workers' Compensation Law" -- have been presented to the nation's top workers' compensation carriers. For the National Business Institute, Mr. Eide presented "Medical Records Regarding Florida Attorneys" and "The Interaction of FMLA and Florida's Workers' Compensation Law: Zen and the Art of Employee Maintenance," which addressed the challenges of identifying a proper path for treatment and benefits. 

Mr. Eide has represented top employers and carriers for over 18 years. During his tenure as a legal tactician and highly qualified litigator, he has gained an industry reputation as an aggressive, educated attorney with high-profile clients and wins in cases with perceived insurmountable odds. Mr. Eide has taken more than 60 workers' compensation cases to trial, including complicated occupational exposure and compensability claims.

Nearly two decades after his arrival at Grower Ketcham, Mr. Eide is still paving the way for the Firm. The recent wholesale changes to workers' compensation laws have expanded his practice area concentration, where he provides defense for medical negligence, general liability and Agency for Health Care Administration proceedings and appellate advocacy.  Mr. Eide's trial resume also includes general liability claims both in state and federal courts.  Mr. Eide is an AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Martindale-Hubbell rated attorney

Mr. Eide is actively involved in the community, having served as a leader in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Indian Guides and as a Little League Coach.  In his leisure time, Mr. Eide spends time with his wife, Wanda, and their three children.  The family enjoys the beach, the mountains and various sporting events, especially those involving his children and the Florida Gators.

University of Florida, B.S. with honors, 1985
University of Florida, J.D., 1988

Core Practice Areas
AHCA proceedings/litigation
Employment law
Environmental and toxic tort litigation
General liability and appellate advocacy
Medical malpractice
Workers' compensation

Legal Experience
1989-91  Assistant Public Defender Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County   Orlando, Florida
1991-present   Partner Grower, Ketcham, Rutherford, Bronson, Eide & Telan, P.A.   Maitland, Florida

Notable Cases
Galva v. Sunbelt Healthcare, 7 So. 3d 556 (Fla.1st DCA 2009)
Siemens Information v. Collins, 854 So. 2d 271 (Fla. 1st DCA 2003)
Gallagher v. Walgreen's, 808 So. 2d 287 (Fla. 1st DCA 2002)
Walgreen Company v. Carver, 770 So. 2d 172 (Fla. 1st DCA 2000)
Chase v. Walgreen Company, 750 So. 2d 93 (Fla. 5th DCA 2000)
Vista Manor Nursing Home v. Estepp, 740 So. 2d 41 (Fla. 1st DCA 1999)
Forest Park Nursing Ctr. v. Wills, 719 So. 2d 290 (Fla. 1st DCA 1998)
Merrit Manor Nursing Home v. Caldwell, 667 So. 2d 265 (Fla. 1st DCA 1995)
Rosado v. J.C. Penney, 647 So. 2d 987 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994)
Ogden Allied Services v. Bryant, 647 So. 2d 195 (Fla. 1st DCA 1994)

Key Presentations
 "Anatomy of Products Liability & Spoliation of Evidence", Travelers, Orlando, FL (2010)
"HR Reminder - A Brief Survey of Legal Compliance", Akimeka Technology, Inc.
(Webinar format) (2009)
"The Workers' Compensation Grand Slam! Hitting the Ball Out of the Park with a Solid Subrogation Claim", Avizent/Frank Gates, Lake Mary, FL (2009) & Beverly Enterprises
(Ft. Smith AK) (2009)
"The Carriers Quandary: Compensability & Causation Concerns", Beverly Enterprises
(Ft. Smith, AK)(2009)
"Effects of Emma Murray Decision; Why Injured Workers Retain Counsel", Travelers, Orlando, FL (2009)
"The Nuts & Bolts of Subrogation Claims Arising From Industrial Accidents In Florida", "The Idiopathic Claim: A Claims Representative's Primer" Johns Eastern, Lakeland, FL  (2007)
"The Drug Free Workplace Defense" and "The Litigation Top 10", Employer School, Travelers, Tampa, FL (2007)
"Major Contributing Cause, Accident and Injury and the Idiopathic Claim Decision Tree", St. Paul Travelers, Orlando, FL (2006)
 "Fraud Defense", Florida Employers School, St. Paul Travelers, Tampa, FL (2006)
"The Nuts And Bolts Of Utilization Reviews Arising From Workers' Compensation Matters In Florida" St. Paul Travelers, Orlando, Florida (2005)
"The Idiopathic Claim:  A Claims Representative's Primer", St. Paul Travelers, Orlando, Florida (2005)
"A Workers' Compensation Laundry List", The Florida International District of the International Executive Housekeepers Association, Inc., Orlando, Florida (2005) "The Idiopathic Claim: A Claims Representative Primer", Adventist Health Systems, Orlando, Florida (2005)
"Ethics in Claims Handling", Adventist Health Systems, Orlando, Florida (2005)
"Ethics in Claims Handling", St. Paul Travelers, Orlando, Florida (2005)
The Nuts and Bolts Of Subrogation Claims Arising From Industrial Accidents In Florida", St. Paul Travelers, Reading, Pennsylvania (2005)
"The Nuts And Bolts Of Subrogation Claims Arising From Industrial Accidents In Florida", St. Paul Travelers, Orlando, Florida (2004)
"Ethical Considerations in Handling Workers' Compensation Claims and Litigation", St. Paul Travelers, Orlando, Florida (2004)
"Adjusters Guide to Workers' Compensation Law: Updates, Changes and Application," Travelers Property Casualty, Orlando, Florida (2003)
"Florida Workers' Compensation Law: Updates, Changes and Applications," Adventist Health System/Compnet, Orlando, Florida (2002)
"Florida Workers' Compensation Law: Updates, Changes and Applications," Constitution State Services, Ft. Smith, Arkansas (2002)
The Interaction of FMLA and Florida's Workers' Compensation Law: Zen and the Art of Employee Maintenance, Florida Hospital Heartland Division (2002)
"Thinking Innovatively About Major Contributing Causes in Workers' Compensation," Florida Occupational Health Conference, Innovations 2000, Orlando, Florida (2000)
"Medical Records for Florida Attorneys" National Business Institute, Orlando, Florida (2000)
"Trends, Trials & Tribulations", Kemper National Insurance Company, Tampa, Florida; Compnet, Orlando, Florida (2000)
"Managing Today's Issues Under Chapter 440", Compnet and Adventist Health Systems, Orlando, Florida (2000)
"Workers' Compensation Tricks of the Trade for Supervisors", Walgreens Healthcare Plus , Orlando, Florida (1999)
"What Employees Need to Know About Workers' Compensation in Florida", Sunbelt Healthcare, Orlando, Florida (1999)
"Compensability: Arising Out of and In the Course of Employment", AIC-34 Workers' Compensation Course, Chapter 3, Adventist Health System, Orlando, Florida (1999)
"What's New in Workers' Compensation Legislation for Chiropractors", Access Healthcare, Orlando, Florida (1996)
The Drug Free Workplace and Florida's Workers' Compensation Law", Western Staff Services Corporate Conference, Orlando, Florida (1996)
"Workers' Compensation in an Era of Managed Care: A Panel Discussion", Central Florida Chapter, Association of Occupational Health Professionals, Orlando, Florida (1996)
"Managed Care & The Beat Goes On", Legal Panel Module, 1996 Florida Case Manager Training, Medical Services Division - Southern Region, Travelers Insurance Company, Clearwater, Florida (1996)

Admissions, Membership and Affiliations
The Florida Bar
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
American Bar Association
Workers' Compensation Section
Orange County Bar Association
Workers' Compensation Section
Defense Research Institute
Labor and Employment Law Section
Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Transportation Lawyers Association
International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce
Florida Association of Police Attorneys

Honors and Awards
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Listed in Law and Leading Attorneys (1996/1997)
AA Degree with High Honors
BS Degree with Honors

Community Service
Boy Scouts of America
Delaney Park Little League