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Testimonials

"We can't thank Eric enough for his patience and expertise in representing us in our disability discrimination lawsuit against our homeowner’s association. Eric made an extremely unpleasant and difficult time in our lives easier and less stressful. We always felt we were in good hands having him as our legal counsel, and we sincerely appreciate and greatly respect his legal prowess. The verdict Eric obtained for us was amazing and provided much needed healing for the years of abuse we suffered."
- Gregory and Michele White

Judgment received by the Whites including verdict, award of attorney fees and reasonable accommodation:
$2,251,687

"I worked for the Hawaii Department of Education as a substitute teacher. I discovered years ago that the DOE was not paying substitute teachers according to state law. I contacted nearly every lawyer on Maui during a two year period to take on the State of Hawaii to stop this illegal underpayment. They all refused to help me until finally I met and talked with a new Maui attorney, Eric Ferrer. The cheating was finally confronted by Eric and he filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of over 10,000 Hawaii employees. It took a total of twelve years to win a court settlement of over $14,000.000. Eric never wavered over the years and fought hard on behalf of all the class members. Eric is the hardest working, most dedicated, and most trustworthy attorney I have ever known in my life. I will call Eric for any future legal need my family may have. I highly recommend him to help you for any legal need you may have."

- David Garner

$14,000,000 Settlement

"Eric Ferrer was my attorney in a complicated case involving two universities and The National Science Foundation. I needed to find an attorney who was ethical, principled, and someone I could trust to mentor and protect me and who would base our arguments and statements on provable facts with records and data to support those facts. Eric Ferrer was that person. He is concerned with the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. He is a tenacious advocate for fairness and justice – a soft-spoken, kind, brilliant man who knows the law and he does not rest until he has examined every aspect, every document, every possibility, every fact in the case. Eric Ferrer has an uncanny sense of the character of another because he pays careful attention and he listens intently – and, he prevails. He is balanced, thoughtful and direct in stressful situations and his formidable clarity does not waver. Our case settled out-of-court.  Thank you Eric Ferrer!"

- Judith Vergun, PhD

$800,000 settlement in wrongful termination case

"We’ve known Eric Ferrer for over 12 years and were privileged to have him as our attorney representing us in a lawsuit against one of the largest condominiums on Maui for blatant disability discrimination.  He immediately understood our problem and took on our case with compassion, confidence, and dogged determination.  Eric was highly successful, making news in both Maui and Honolulu newspapers.  We have been so grateful for Eric’s excellence and friendship that when we are asked to recommend an attorney, we immediately answer Eric and add that he is the “Warrior for Justice” – because that’s exactly what he is.  We couldn’t possibly recommend him more highly."

 

- Bobby and Bessie Bourbeau

$200,000 Settlement with Grant of Reasonable Accommodation

Eric G. Ferrer's Law Practice Philosophy

          Eric Ferrer has a simple but effective approach to practicing law, succinctly stated in a quote from Theodore Roosevelt: speak softly and carry a big stick. In legal disputes the first part of this statement requires genuine attempts to resolve disputes by peaceful and effective negotiation and settlement. Mr. Ferrer has used his considerable experience and legal acumen to obtain many substantial settlements for his clients. If settlement fails, however, the second part of Roosevelt's statement comes into play requiring a trial on the merits of the client’s claims before a court and jury by an experienced, creative, skillful and thoroughly prepared trial attorney.

         While Mr. Ferrer believes that individuals acting in good faith can resolve almost any dispute, such results are only possible when both sides have the ability, willingness and experience to assess the benefits of settlement and risks of trial. Cases usually go to trial because one party to the dispute did not make this assessment accurately. When settlement discussions break down, having legal counsel with a proven track record of courtroom success is essential. Mr. Ferrer’s accomplishments both in settling his clients' substantial claims, and his proven record of success at trial show he has such qualifications.

About

         Eric Ferrer is a trial attorney achieving many multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. During his 36 year career he has handled cases in diverse and varied areas of law including personal injury, civil rights, home owner association disputes, sexual harassment and abuse, product liability, aviation, business litigation, sports law, class actions, franchise disputes,  among others. Mr. Ferrer began his legal career as an attorney working with Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. He worked with Mr. Cochran for 21 years ultimately serving as a managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office. During this period Mr. Ferrer became adept at developing and executing winning strategies for the firm’s cases using a narrative storied approach and was an early adopter of courtroom technology to facilitate this method.

         Over his 36 year career in the law Mr. Ferrer has come to regard the practice of law as a healing profession having seen the transformative power of the law. One recent example is his $2.2 million dollar judgment against a Maui homeowner’s association for disability discrimination. The hallmark of Mr. Ferrer’s practice can be summarized by the application of what he calls the 4 C’s of practicing law: Compassion, Communication, Cooperation and Competence.

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The Four C's of Practicing Law:

Compassion, Communication, Cooperation, & Competence

         One of the lasting memories I have of my many years trying cases with Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., is not only witnessing his skilled tenacity as a trial lawyer, but his sense of grace and respect for everyone involved in the legal process; judge, jury, court clerks, court reporter, opponents and witnesses. He was truly an officer of the court and a gentleman. While he never coined my 4C's, I think he would approve of my approach because it was embedded in how he practiced law.

        Foremost, it is important to have great compassion for one's client as well as one's opponent. This seemingly contrarian approach gives the attorney a great opportunity for understanding both the loss suffered by his/her client and the reasons for the conduct of one's opponent. Compassion means to feel with or to stand in the shoes of another. Effective use of compassion bridges the gap between people having substantial benefits both in settlement and at trial. 

         Second, compassion leads to effective communication with others. Words are no longer used as weapons to bludgeon one's opponent but to facilitate understanding. This understanding sets the stage for cooperation.

        This cooperation can occur at a mediation or settlement conference when, through clear communication, a bridge of understanding is built facilitating compromise. Cooperation can also occur on the stand with an otherwise hostile witness when employed through skillful cross-examination.

        Finally, the effective use of all of these principles depends on the competence of one's counsel arising from the study of the human condition, engagement with people in difficult and stressful situations and experience both in and out of the courtroom. These principles are both effective litigation tools and guides for enjoying a fulfilling life.

Legal Services

Personal Injury

Mr. Ferrer has successfully represented clients who have suffered serious physical and/or emotional injury as a result of the wrongdoing of others. These cases include:

  • Sexual Abuse and Assaults

  • Hotel Accidents

  • Wrongful Death

  • Invasion of Privacy

  • Motor Vehicle accidents

  • Elder Abuse

  • Construction Accidents

  • Premises Liability

  • Insurance Bad Faith

  • Brain Injury

  • Aviation Accidents

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Civil Rights and Discrimination

Mr. Ferrer began his practice and continues to specialize representing clients in matters concerning:

  • Discrimination in Housing and Employment

  • Police Misconduct

  • Race Discrimination 

  • Disability Discrimination

  • Age Discrimination

  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination

  • Sexual Harassment 

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Business Disputes and General Practice Areas

Mr. Ferrer represents a variety of businesses in complex litigation, contractual disputes and franchise disputes. He has represented parties in complex class actions. He has also represented professional athletes, such as Gary Sheffield, in MLBPA arbitrations.

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Referrals and Attorney Consultations

In addition to his work for individual clients and businesses, Mr. Ferrer accepts referrals from other attorneys. He is also available to consult with attorneys who might benefit from his experience in formulating and executing winning trial strategies. In this capacity he can assist attorneys in formulating winning themes, narratives and trial tactics organically created to persuasively tell your client's story, from voir dire through closing argument, using the latest trial presentation technology. Or, he can become a more active participant on your trial team helping you execute these techniques and strategies.

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Legal Services

Personal Injury

Mr. Ferrer has successfully represented clients who have suffered serious physical and/or emotional injury as a result of the wrongdoing of others. These cases include:

  • Sexual Abuse and Assaults

  • Hotel Accidents

  • Wrongful Death

  • Invasion of Privacy

  • Motor Vehicle accidents

  • Elder Abuse

  • Construction Accidents

  • Premises Liability

  • Insurance Bad Faith

  • Brain Injury

  • Aviation Accidents

X-Ray Results

Civil Rights and Discrimination

Mr. Ferrer began his practice and continues to specialize representing clients in matters concerning:

  • Discrimination in Housing and Employment

  • Police Misconduct

  • Race Discrimination 

  • Disability Discrimination

  • Age Discrimination

  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination

  • Sexual Harassment 

Making Notes

Civil Rights and Discrimination

Mr. Ferrer began his practice and continues to specialize representing clients in matters concerning:

  • Discrimination in Housing and Employment

  • Police Misconduct

  • Race Discrimination 

  • Disability Discrimination

  • Age Discrimination

  • Sexual Orientation Discrimination

  • Sexual Harassment 

Home Owner Association Disputes

Mr. Ferrer represents owners and condominium associations in matters concerning disputes regarding compliance with governing documents, discrimination claims, construction defects and related issues.  

Business Disputes and General Practice Areas

Mr. Ferrer represents a variety of businesses in complex litigation, contractual disputes and franchise disputes. He has represented parties in complex class actions. He has also represented professional athletes, such as Gary Sheffield, in MLBPA arbitrations.

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Referrals and Attorney Consultations

In addition to his work for individual clients and businesses, Mr. Ferrer accepts referrals from other attorneys. He is also available to consult with attorneys who might benefit from his experience in formulating and executing winning trial strategies. In this capacity he can assist attorneys in formulating winning themes, narratives and trial tactics organically created to persuasively tell your client's story, from voir dire through closing argument, using the latest trial presentation technology. Or, he can become a more active participant on your trial team helping you execute these techniques and strategies.

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Verdicts & Settlements

Sampling of Eric Ferrer’s Successful Verdicts and Judgments

$51,400,000: verdict for catastrophic injury to a 5 year old after falling from a New Orleans streetcar.

 

$9,400,000: verdict for sexual abuse of 16 year old by police officer.

 

$3,100,000: verdict in wrongful death of 60 year old man in jail.

 

$2,400,000: for wrongful death by shooting during an alleged traffic violation.

 

$2,251,000: judgment after verdict for disability discrimination by homeowner’s association.

 

$2,100,000: verdict for shooting of 70 year old man by police officer.

 

$2,100,000: verdict for negligent shooting of fellow police officer.

 

$1,800,000: verdict for wrongful death of 83 year old man hit by a bus after he was allowed to roam from an assisted living facility. 

Sampling of Settlements Obtained by Mr. Ferrer

$16,000,000: wrongful death of football player resulting from asthma attack during illegal NCAA practice.

 

$14,000,000: settlement of substitute teachers’ claim for statutory wages unpaid by State of Hawaii.

 

$6,100,000: settlement of case involving sexual molestation of students by teacher.

 

$5,000,000: settlement of case involving shooting death of man at home during wrongful execution of search warrant for alleged marijuana cultivation.

 

$3,700,000: settlement of case involving motor vehicle accident resulting in death of parents of four children.

$3,000,000:  settlement of case involving shooting death of man at home during wrongful execution of a search warrant.

$1,600,000: settlement of case involving sexual molestation of student at school by teacher.

$1,500,000: settlement for insurance bad faith.

$1,500,000: settlement of case involving wrongful death of arrestee due to positional asphyxiation from hogtying. 

$1,300,000: settlement of case involving shooting death of cognitively disabled young man at his home by police.  

$800,000: settlement for wrongful termination case.

The Ferrer Family

Get in Touch

P.O. Box 1218, Haiku, HI 96708

808-250-6125

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