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About Me

Eric Purchase is an Erie County, Pennsylvania attorney who has frequently been asked to speak to attorneys and insurance industry professionals about auto accident law, trial skills and insurance issues.


Atty. Purchase limits his practice to auto accident, personal injury, medical malpractice and commercial litigation cases.


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Practice Areas


  1. Car Accidents: 40%
    23 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    23 years, 500 cases
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    23 years
  4. Litigation: 20%
    23 years, 100 cases



Hourly ($265-425/hour), Contingent (25-40%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

  • Eric Vaughn Hackwelder

    Mr. Purchase is one of the most well respected attorneys in the region. He is a skilled and experienced trial lawyer. One of the smartest attorneys I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I am happy to endorse this lawyer.


    Eric Hackwelder Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Eric. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Suite 203
2525 W 26th Street
Erie, PA, 16506-3254



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2014
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2014
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2013
Order of the CoifUniversity of Pittsburgh1991
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerPurchase & George, P.C.2010 - Present
Judge of ElectionsErie County, 5th Ward, 20th District2010 - 2013
OwnerEric J. Purchase, Attorney at Law2006 - 2010
Partner and Practice Group ChairmanMacDonald Illig Jones & Britton, LLP1991 - 2006
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Erie County Bar AssociationBoard of Trustees2013 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar FoundationLife Fellow2012 - Present
Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors2012 - Present
Erie County Bar Assocation, Civil Litigation SectionChairman2011 - 2013
Erie County Bar AssociationChair, Civil Litigation Section2011 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar Association, Political Action CommitteeZone 7 Representative2011 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationHouse of Delegates2010 - Present
Pennsylvania Association For JusticeBoard of Governors2009 - Present
Erie County Bar Association groupChair of the Civil Litigation Section2007 - 2008
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Askins v. SimmonsVerdict for Plaintiff
MarshallFavorable Settlement
Engel v. State Farm, et al.Verdict for Plaintiff - $375,000
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Publication NameTitleDate
Consumer Guide BookCar Accident Cases in Pennsylvania2011
Business MagazineThe Problem of the Minority Discount2002
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
Gannon UniversityPolitical ScienceBA1988
General McLane High SchoolN/AN/A1984
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Public Health PolicyGuest Lecturer: Medical Malpractice Litigation and Quality of Care2013
Business Law ClassGuest Lecturer: Lawyers, Litigation and Settlement2013
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest WordApologies in the Medical Malpractice Context2012
Public Health Law and PolicyGuest Lecturer, Medical Malpractice and the Adversarial System2012
Civil Lit 101Civil Litigation for First Year Lawyers2012
Joint and Several Liability in PennsylvaniaPennsylvania Tort Reform2011
Inside Secrets of ERISA: A Third Party Administrator Pulls Back the CurtainERISA2011
ECBA Orientation for Newly Admitted AttorneysCivil Litigation 1012011
Auto Law UpdateFirst Party Benefits Update2009
Trial Tactics: Making the Most of What 'Ya GotEffective Use of Depositions at Trial2008
UM/UIM In the Post-Koken WorldUnderinsured and Uninsured Motorist Claims Practice2007
Litigation SeminarBad Faith Insurance Claims and Trial TacticsN/A
Litigation SeminarFirst Party Benefits UpdateN/A
Litigation SeminarEmotional Distress DamagesN/A
Litigation SeminarPremises Liability, Slip and Fall UpdateN/A