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Eric J. Purchase - Erie, PA

2525 West 26th StreetSuite 200 Erie, PA 16506- 3254

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Updated: 09/24/2020

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Eric John Purchase

Attorney Eric J. Purchase represents people and families suffering from injury or the death of a loved one. He was born and raised in Erie County, Pennsylvania. He is a 1988 graduate of Gannon University. In 1991, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with honors. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Purchase served as a member and editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review...

About Eric J. Purchase

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury - General 20%
  • Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents 50%
  • Medical Malpractice & Nursing Home Negligence 20%
  • Commercial Civil Litigation: Business Disputes 10%


  • 99%


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998

Other Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, 1992 - Present (Board of Governors - President's Club)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2011 - Present (House of Delegates Political Action Committee Member)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, 2012 - Present (Life Fellow)
  • Erie County Bar Association, 2012 - Present (Board of Trustees)
  • Erie County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, 2007 - 2008 (Chairman)
  • Erie County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, 2012 - 2013 (Chairman)
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 - Present (Board of Governors)


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1991
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: The Order of the Coif
    Law Review: University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor, 1989 - 1990
  • Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania, 1988
    Major: Political Science

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon

Past Positions

  • MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton, LLP, Partner and Practice Group Chairman, 1991 - 2006
  • Eric J. Purchase, Attorney at Law, Sole Practitioner, 2006 - 2010

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyer, Northwestern Legal Services

Classes and Seminars

  • Auto Law Update, Erie County Bar Association, 2009 - Present
  • Joint and Several Liability, Erie County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Guest Lecturer, Medical Malpractice Litigation and Health Care Quality, Mercyhurst University, 2013 - Present
  • Guest Lecturer: Lawyers, Litigation and Settlement, Mercyhurst University, 2013 - Present
  • Apologies in the Medical Malpractice Context, Erie County Bar Association, 2012 - Present
  • Guest Lecturer: Medical Malpractice and the Adversarial System, Mercyhurst University, 2012 - Present
  • Civil Litigation for First Year Lawyers, Erie County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Tort Reform: Joint and Several Liability, Erie County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Inside Secrets of ERISA: A Third Party Administrator Pulls Back the Curtain, Erie County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
  • Effective Use of Depositions at Trial, Erie County Bar Association, 2008 - Present
  • Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist Claims Practice, Erie County Bar Association, 2007 - Present
  • Bad Faith Insurance Claims and Trial Tactics
  • Emotional Distress Claims
  • Premises Liability, Slip and Fall Update
  • First Party Benefits Update

Ancillary Businesses

  • Judge of Elections, Erie County, 5th Ward, 20th District


Other Sources of Feedback About Eric J. Purchase

Included on the 2023 Pennsylvania list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Eric J. Purchase on Super Lawyers


  • Business of the Year Award, Kearsarge Volunteer Fire Department, 2001 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2013

Representative Clients

  • General McLane School District


  • W. Patrick Delaney, Esq.
  • Michael Bishop, C.F.A.
  • Daniel Sloppy, C.P.A.
  • Thomas Spagel

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Office Information


2525 West 26th StreetSuite 200 Erie, PA 16506- 3254

Offers Free Initial Consultation


Accepts Credit Cards


Office Hours

Always Open



  • A Roadmap to Justice: The Ultimate Guide to Car Accident Cases in PA, Word Association Publishers, 2010
  • The Problem of the Minority Discount in Business Valuation, Business Magazine, January, 2002

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