Eric M. Albritton is a partner, having merged the law firm he founded and lead for 17 years into Nelson Bumgardner P.C.
Eric graduated first in his class from the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor University, where he was elected into Phi Beta Kappa and named Outstanding Senior Man. Eric then graduated from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of Ecology Law Quarterly. After graduating from Berkeley Law in 1994, Eric served as a law clerk for one year to the Honorable William Wayne Justice, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and then as a law clerk for one year to Honorable Henry A. Politz, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit.
Eric is a civil and criminal trial and appellate lawyer. He has tried, as lead counsel, many different types of civil cases in federal and state court, including, patent infringement cases for plaintiffs and defendants, employment discrimination cases for plaintiffs and defendants, business disputes (breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract), and personal injury cases. Eric has also tried numerous criminal cases to verdict in federal and state court, including, for example, drug offenses, arson, fraud, DWI, murder, and capital murder.
As an appellate lawyer, Eric has argued many different kinds of cases on appeal and in numerous courts, including, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Federal Circuits, and numerous Texas Courts of Appeal.
Eric has an active pro bono practice. He secured the right of all Muslims to wear fist-length beards and religious headwear throughout Texas prisons after prevailing at trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and on appeal at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also represented numerous capital habeas petitioners, including one client, James, who he has continuously represented since 1998.
Eric is AV® Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated for Legal Ability and General Ethical Standards™, has been elected into membership of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and has been selected by Thomson Reuters as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2009 (and before that as a Rising Star).
He is also a Past-President of the Bar Association for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the Honorable T. John Ward American Inn of Court and the Northeast Texas Bar Association. Additionally, he served a three-year term as a member of the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, was member of the U.S. Magistrate Merit Selection Committee, and served several terms as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association.
He is the author of “Race-Conscious Grand Juror Selection: The Equal Protection Clause and Strict Scrutiny,” 31 Am. J. Crim. L. 175 (2004), and “The Endangered Species Act: The Fountain Darter Teaches What the Snail Darter Failed to Teach,” 21 Ecology Law Quarterly 1007 (1994), has spoken at seminars and conference on intellectual property law and criminal law, and has been a guest commentator on Court TV.
Eric is admitted to practice in the states of Texas and Colorado, all United States District Court in Texas and Arkansas, the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and Eastern District of Michigan, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Sixth and Federal Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. Eric is married to his high school sweetheart and has two wonderful children.
Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1991
- Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude
- Outstanding Senior Man, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Chi, 4.0/4.0 GPA
University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1994
- Doctor of Jurisprudence
- Managing Editor, Ecology Law Quarterly
- Law Clerk to Honorable William Wayne Justice, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1994-95
- Law Clerk to Honorable Henry A. Politz, then-Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1995-96
Areas of Practice
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Patent Infringement Litigation
- Employment Litigation
- Whistle Blower Litigation
- Commercial Litigation Business Litigation
- Bad Faith Insurance Litigation
- Personal Injury Litigation
- Criminal Defense
- White Collar Criminal Defense
- Appellate Practice
- United States Supreme Court
- State of Texas
- State of Colorado
- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth, Sixth and Federal Circuits
- United States District Court, Eastern, Northern, Western and Southern Districts of Texas
- United States District Court, Eastern and Western District of Arkansas
- United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Honors & Professional Associations
- American Board of Trial Advocates, East Texas Chapter
- AV® Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated for Legal Ability and General Ethical Standards™
- Texas Super Lawyers®, 2009-19 (a Thomson Reuters service)
- Texas Super Lawyers® ‘Rising Star’ edition, 2007-09 (a Thomson Reuters service)
- Local Rules Advisory Committee, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Former Member
- U.S. Magistrate Merit Selection Committee, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Former Member
- Bar Association for U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Past President
- American Inns of Court, The Honorable T. John Ward Inn of Court, Past President
- Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
- Federal Circuit Bar Association
- Northeast Texas Bar Association, Past President
- Gregg County Bar Association
- Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
- Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Past Board of Directors/Executive Committee