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Eric C. Grimm

Business Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   14 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 28 years
    Texas - TX 30 years
    Michigan - MI 25 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1995
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1993
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1998
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Eric

Learn Eric’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    I advise and help clients with business formation, operating agreements, real estate, intellectual property licensing, other agreements and transactions. Unlike many peers, I frequently and successfully represent clients in court, which helps when it comes to advising them on techniques to stay out of court in the first place. Free and open source software licenses are a particular area of interest, including the enforcement of the GPL and other license terms in court.

    31 years, 100 cases

  2. Intellectual property
    I assist clients with a wide variety of copyright and patent matters, including securing trademark registrations, and responding identity subpoenas from what have become known as "copyright trolls" and "trademark trolls."

    31 years, 100 cases

  3. Real estate
    All aspects of transactional and business legal representation.

    31 years, 100 cases

  4. Internet
    Most recently, I have been assisting many cable subscribers who receive notices from their service providers about identity subpoenas. But that is hardly the full extent of my Internet-related experience, which includes beating the Ford Motor Company in a number of disputes (one of which involved an "Internet joke" by 2600 The Hacker Quarterly), and beating the actor Kevin Spacey in a dispute over which court has jurisdiction to resolve an issue relating to the domain name < >.

    28 years, 100 cases

  5. Wills and living wills
    I help clients address issues related to retirement planning, drafting of Will, Trust, and Estate documents, and resolving issues relating to those documents in court.

    15 years, 10 cases

  6. Guardianship
    Sometimes people close to you lose their capacity to manage their own affairs, which can become a daunting challenge. Choosing the right lawyer to trust can be critically important, as I personally have seen how getting it wrong can be catastrophic.

    15 years, 10 cases

  7. Probate
    I help families and heirs sort out the details when a loved one passes away. Emphasis on de-escalating conflict, and providing empathetic services.

    15 years, 10 cases


Holistic, client-focused legal services.


Clients' needs and objectives rarely fit into one-size-fits-all cookie-cutter boxes.  The first step is listening carefully and asking the right questions, to understand what the client's needs and objectives really are.


Often, approaching a task from a new or different perspective, can save time, reduce conflict, and reduce expenses. 


Many lawyers promise outside-the-box, novel thinking.  In reality, few deliver. 


My track record of service to clients, over the years, demonstrates original and novel thinking, combined with thorough preparation, in case after case.


Indeed, one publication, commenting on a routine motion that I recently filed in federal court, went so far as to describe my approach in one intellectual property case as "very powerful" and so "potent," that "every paragraph is worth quoting."


I view the attorney's role as a problem-solver, not as a problem maker. 


My primary objective, whenever reasonably possible, is to promote understanding and communication, and to help develop effective strategies to make difficult problems and situations tractable, and to bring solutions within reach.


Once resource well worth reading, even if you are my opposing counsel, is Robert Axelrod's book The Evolution of Cooperation.  My premise, starting any negotiation or case, is that the other side will usually be more inclined to "cooperate" (i.e., find a fair, win-win solution) rather than to "defect," (i.e., to demand more than their fair share), and to begin the process by seeking to find a cooperative solution.  Cooperators, when they find one another, and get a chance to cooperate, tend to be mutual "winners" in just about every ecosystem.


What happens, instead, when the litigation or negotiation counterparties are unreasonable, selfish, and (in Axelrod's terms) defectors?  Well, those cases are the exception rather than the rule, but such cases can and do happen. 


When necessary, it is also important to be prepared and willing to go the distance and to present the strongest case possible, whether in court, in a private negotiation, or in an ADR proceeding.  It does not please me, for instance, to seek sanctions against another lawyer for overstepping the bounds of proper conduct.  But when appropriate and necessary, precisely for the purpose of promoting future cooperation, I have sought and won sanctions against unreasonble litigation opponents.


For instance, in one recent probate case, I secured several thousand dollars in sanctions to reimburse my clients for at least part of what they spent defending against a weak case filed by some Michigan (their emphasis) "Superlawyers."  The highest praise one can get in this profession, is when the result you obtain for your client is so favorable, and the other side learns so much from that result, that they later refer a case to you or even hire you.


Thanks, "Superlawyers;" I hope we can do business together as friends in the future.  Likewise, when representing an entertainment client, in one case I secured a result so favorable for my client (the other side not only paid the entire debt we demanded, plus my entire fee, plus the fee of an arbitrator) that the former opponent later hired me to handle a contested case involving a very large building in downtown Detroit.  Subsequently, when that music client has money to collect, generally the client does not even have to pay me fees; the story of what happened in the prior case tends to be so memorable, that collection issues for that client rarely last more than a few days.


In another case, most of a client's expenses defending against what reasonably was viewed by both a judge and by my client, as a meritless suit, were reimbursed.  The other side in that case was represented by one or more attorneys then working in a law office that subsequently became a local branch of a statewide law firm.


The bottom line is that cooperation and negotiation are all the more successful, and produce more lasting results, when the counterparty in each process fully understands that their best alternative to a negotiated agreement (BATNA), seeRoger Fisher, William L. Ury & Bruce Patton, Getting to YES (Houghton Mifflin, ed., 2nd ed. 1991), is vastly less attractive, objectively speaking, than a fair and reasonable, negotiated, outcome.


This is not to promise that you will necessarily enjoy the same results as the examples referenced above.  Each case and each representation involves its own facts and its own issues.  But when I choose to take on your matter, it is always my intention to give you nothing less than my best service.


Eric C. Grimm, PLLC
2727 Albany Street
Ste 928
Houston, TX, 77006


5.0 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2013
Blessed to have found Mr. Eric Grimm!!!!!
Eric Grimm took on our copy right case with knowledge and confidence. He was very professional and quick to respond whenever need be. I cannot say enough how well he worked to resolve our case, putting in very long hours. Eric is a very dedicated lawyer, and our case was dismissed quickly. He wasn't just out for money, but to truly help. I wouldn't trust anyone else in the future, we were so lucky to hear about him from a friend. Thank you Eric for all your hardwork that you put in our case, we are very grateful!!! I highly reccommend Eric Grimm, you can put your trust in him to get the best outcome!
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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2013
Eric Grimm - knowledgeable, responsive and trustworthy
Eric helped me tremendously with my legal matter. Beginning with our initial meeting he helped me understand my situation and options, and worked immediately to reach a resolution. He thoroughly understood all aspects of my case and fought hard for a settlement I felt comfortable with. His communication was excellent and I felt he was always available to explain things I didn't understand or just calm any fears with clear reasoning and understanding of the system. I rate Mr. Grimm as one of the best and wholeheartedly recommend his services.
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Posted by Pablo | February 1, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient, communicative, and pro-active
We hired Eric to help us fight an unfair trademark infringement case. We're based outside the US and he helped us lay-people understand the important details of the case considering both US and international law. He acted in our best interests at all times, chasing the other side when they need it. Would not hesitate to hire Eric in the future.
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Posted by Carey | May 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attentive and knowledgeable
Mr. Grimm has been nothing but professional and isn't afraid to give you a real world assessment of your situation. I have found this very beneficial when having to make particularly stressful business decisions. Most recently, having to litigate a customer due to nonpayment. Thanks to Mr. Grimm, not only did we win, but hopefully that particular customer now understands right from wrong.
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Posted by Reyna | July 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer ever!
We needed legal representation regarding a boundary issue that had been going on for over a few years. Mr. Grimm was very knowledgeable and really worked with us so we had full understanding of the process. He is definitely the best lawyer I've ever dealt or heard of. I most definitely recommend Mr. Grimm. I can assure you you will not regret it. We were so blessed to have him put in our path.
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Posted by Maria B. | June 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Honest, Reliable, Affordable Knowledgeable and Caring Lawyer
I was very fortunate when I found Mr. Eric Grimm on the internet cause I was struggling with my previous attorney in getting results with my case but thank God Mr. Grimm appeared when I was most desperated, he was able to get results in a fraction of time that my previous lawyer had my case working on it without any results. I will never thank enough Mr. Grimm in taking my case the day I called him. He Always kept me informed of how my case was evolving and what things was he planning to do to get the best and quick result on my case and honestly letting me know what the chances were in regard of the outcome of my case, thing that I always appreciated. Thank you Eric for all you had accomplished in my case! If there would be ten stars for this review I would not hesitate in giving you TEN STARS!!! Thank you so much!! Sincerely: Ms. Maria B.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Prompt and Responsive
Very professional yet down to earth and personal. Met on a few occasions in local areas most convenient for me. Kept in touch while diligently working to settle my issue. Eric took an unfortunate situation that had my family and I feeling helpless and turned it around in a short time while easing our discomfort. He would make a great judge.
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Posted by Sam | October 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
VERY Professional
Mr. Grimm was successful in assisting me in Defending against litigation. Is willing to assist clients any way possible. Highly recommended. Thank-you ECG! "I dont know" not in his vocabulary.
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prompt, professional, and trustworthy
As a person who's never had to delve into legal matters before, I found Eric to be very professional and knowledgeable about my situation. His confidence in his experience and expertise in this area helped me to make calm and reasonable decisions. He was quick to reply to any inquiry, whether by phone or email. Talking with Eric over the phone was pleasant and informative, unlike a few other lawyers who I had contacted at the beginning of the case. His fees are very reasonable for the services he provides. Ultimately, I believe his sincere and empathetic nature helped encourage the judge to press for a quick settlement, while maintaining my anonymity in court. Thank you, Mr. Grimm, for your hard work!
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Posted by Jimmy | March 17, 2015
Excellent is an understatement
Mr. Grimm helped me in a rather unique case involving copyright infringement and software licensing issues. From the beginning, Mr. Grimm was focused on a timely resolution of the matter in a way that gained respect from all parties involved. His knowledge of copyright law and his professionalism put my mind at ease during a very stressful time. From the moment I called him, he engaged in a clear legal strategy that allowed for case matters to quickly be addressed and resolved, even some things that I had previously thought were big "unknowns." Unlike other counsel, my calls and/or emails were answered in a matter of hours, not days, and with great detail. Mr. Grimm is actively involved with technical developments both inside and outside of the courtroom, which made him an ideal candidate for legal representation in my specific case. If you need someone who is trustworthy, knowledgeable and can provide a clear guiding light in a legal system that is otherwise difficult to navigate, don't hesitate to consult with Mr. Grimm.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2015
Professional, dedicated, caring
Eric Grimm took on a very unreasonable case that I had and helped to reach a settlement in a short period of time. He is very easy to talk to and was always available to answer questions. I can't thank Eric enough, and would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2014
Helpful, respectful, and wonderful council
Eric came into my case with experience and connections that I couldn't have gotten anywhere else. He kept me informed and was patient with me when I was anything but. My case was resolved quickly in an extremely favorable way, and I'll be forever grateful for his time and energy.
Posted by Marcia | December 19, 2013
Competent, Compassionate Advocacy
Mr. Grimm did an excellent job of advocating in behalf of my father who is 94 years old and who was initially apprehensive of the legal system. He answered any questions we had, explained all options, and was pleasant and understanding to my father and myself at all times. He worked quickly to resolve the problem in a positive way and concluded in a timely fashion. My father was most happy with the service Mr. Grimm performed and will gladly recommend him to anyone who needs legal help.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2012
eric grimm, excellent lawyer
eric grimm is a good lawyer and a good person he treats you with respect and he is very responsive I was a very happy client I recommend this lawyer
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-500 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Williams | Hughes, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Calligaro & Meyering, P.C.
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Owner
  • CyberBrief, PLC
  • 1999 - 2007
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • U.S. Attorney's Office
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, LLP
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Associate
  • Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Briefing Attorney
  • The Supreme Court of Texas
  • 1993 - 1994
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  • University of Michigan
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1993
  • University of Houston, main campus
  • Bachelor of Arts, with university honors
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Michigan Commerce Bank v. City of Norton Shores
  • Mission Accomplished
  • Fruitland Township v. White Lake Ambulance Authority
  • Case dismssed voluntarily by agreement; no service interruption occurred at any time due to lawsuit.
  • AF Holdings v. Ciccone
  • Case voluntarily dismissed, without any of the identities of 300 cable subscribers being revealed.
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  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Cooperating Attorney
  • 1999 - Present
  • Muskegon Rotary Club
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Muskegon Social Justice Commission
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Muskegon Area Arts Council
  • Board Member, Legal advisor
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Roosevelt Park City Council
  • Councilmember
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Supporting Fellow
  • 2008 - 2014
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 1998 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Merit -- Envirometal Law and Policy
  • University of Michigan Law School
  • 1993


  • Fulcrum CLE Booklet
  • Roger E. Warin & Stephen A. Fennell, Anatomy of a Coverage Trial, in Insurance Coverage for Tobacco and Tobacco-Related Litigation and Liability (Fulcrum ed. 1996) (acknowledged for assistance in preparing outline materials);
  • 1996
  • State Bar of Texas Seventh Annual DTPA / Consumer / Insurance Law Course
  • John Cornyn & Eric C. Grimm, Recent Developments / DTPA, in State Bar of Texas Seventh Annual DTPA / Consumer / Insurance Law Course (Mark S. McQuality ed. 1994).
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • ROAD monthly meeting
  • Trans Pacific Partnership (moderator)
  • 2014
  • ROAD monthly meeting
  • Drones (moderator)
  • 2013
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Annual Meeting
  • Digital Mischief
  • 2008
  • Computers Freedom and Privacy
  • Hacktivism (panel)
  • 2007
  • The Fifth HoPE
  • Hacktivism Panel
  • 2004
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Privacy
  • 2004
  • American Bar Association Business Section Annual Meeting
  • Privacy
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (12)
Endorse Eric
Business Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer - it has been a pleasure to work with such a wonderfully competent attorney who is always prepared and successful in business and adversary litigation. I highly recommend Eric as an excellent attorney!"
Business Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Eric for business litigation cases. Eric and I were on opposite sides of a very contentious dispute between co-owners of a business. There was a lot riding on the case for all involved. Eric did a great job distilling the issues, analyzing them, vigorously fighting for his client when it made sense to do so, and compromising when it was in his client's interest. I found Eric to be both smart and an aggressive advocate for his client, while at all times keeping his eyes open for opportunities to resolve the dispute. I would have no hesitation in recommending Eric to litigate an important dispute for any of my friends or family."
Business Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr Grimm is one of the finest legal minds our State and your community have to offer. A professional that you want on your side for your legal business needs."
Intellectual property Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Great attorney and great passion. I would trust him in any matter, large or small, for my representation."
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Houston Business Lawyer Eric C. Grimm
Eric C. Grimm
Business Attorney
Houston, TX
Licensed for 30 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available