Erik graduated from DeKalb High School, in Waterloo, Indiana, earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Political Science cum laude from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer Indiana, and received his Juris Doctor of Law from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
While at St. Joseph's College, Erik served as President of the St. Joseph's College Student Senate. He also was a four-year member of the St. Joseph's College varsity football team, playing quarterback. In law school, he represented John Marshall as a member of its American Bar Association Mock Trial Team, which competed against other law schools on a national level.
Erik is licensed to practice in the State of Indiana, the United States District Court for both the Northern District and Southern District of Indiana, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. In addition to his civil litigation experience, he is a part-time Deputy Prosecutor for DeKalb County, Indiana. Erik has tried numerous jury and bench trials to verdict.
Currently Erik serves as legal counsel for the Municipal City of Auburn, Auburn Municipal Utilities, Auburn Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals, DeKalb County Central United School District, Smith-Green Schools, and Auburn Essential Services. He has served as special prosecutor in several counties and special counsel to other local municipalities and administrative boards. In 2003 Erik argued before the Indiana Supreme Court in the Case of Mary Neal vs. DeKalb County Division of Family and Children. Erik has experience in both the state and federal court trial settings, as well as state and federal appellate courts.
He is a member of the DeKalb County Bar (president 2007 to 2008), the Indiana State Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.
He is a member of the Auburn Elks, Auburn Classic Lions Club, and Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. Over the past several years Erik has served as a Board member for Junior Achievement and the DeKalb Memorial Hospital Medical Ethics Board. He currently sits on the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board and is a member of the DeKalb Learning Link Steering Committee. In 2001 Erik founded DeKalb Rocket Football, Inc., a tackle football league open to children in kindergarten through 6th grades. He currently serves as president and has coached various age groups over the past several years. Erik has also contributed pro bono legal services to a variety of groups, including County Habitat for Humanity and the Volunteer Lawyers Program of Northeast Indiana, and is chair of the DeKalb County Law Day Activities.
His personal interests include sports, music, history (Civil War) and politics. Both of Erik's parents are long time residents of DeKalb County and Northeast Indiana, being retired educators. Erik's mother is a native of Belgium, and continues to teach as a college instructor part-time. Erik resides in Auburn with his wife, Tamera, a teacher in the Garrett School system, and their two children, William and Evelyn.
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