Overview

Practice Focus

Eric Smith is a Boston-based lawyer focused on the insurance sector, representing state insurance regulators in the liquidation, rehabilitation and examination of insurance companies, as well as handling administrative, insurance coverage, reinsurance and other disputes and litigation.

Background

Eric joined Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster in 1995. Before that, he served as

  • Assistant Attorney General, Administrative Law Division, Government Bureau, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, 1991-1995
  • Litigation Associate, Ropes & Gray, 1986-1991 and
  • Law Clerk, Honorable Walter Jay Skinner, United States District Judge, 1985-1986
Notable Experience

Notable Experience

Eric has represented the liquidators of large property/casualty insurance companies in complex disputes with corporate claimants and reinsurers. He has also represented insurance regulators in examinations and reorganizations of insurers, in addition to representing insurers and others in coverage and other contractual disputes. These matters have involved litigation in the state and federal trial and appellate courts.

His reported decisions include In the Matter of the Liquidation of American Mut. Liab. Ins. Co., 440 Mass. 796 (2004) and Solis v. Home Ins. Co., 848 F.Supp.2d 91 (D.N.H. 2012). While at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Eric represented the Commonwealth, state agencies and officials in cases challenging statutes, regulations and administrative decisions in areas such as taxation, insurance and rate setting.

Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Belmont Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Belmont Town Meeting Member
Publications

Publications & Talks

The Federal Priority Statute, part of “Liquidations – The Working Challenges,” Association of Insurance and Reinsurance Run-Off Companies, July 16, 2014 Meeting.

Personal Interests

Personal Interests

Singing – Member Jameson Singers.