Eric Bloom is a litigation partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office who concentrates his practice on complex civil and white collar criminal matters.
Mr. Bloom represents individuals and companies in internal investigations, investigations by grand juries and other governmental entities, and trials and appellate proceedings.
Mr. Bloom recently served as co-lead trial counsel on behalf of the Republic of Ecuador and PetroEcuador, obtaining an order of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York permanently enjoining arbitration sought by Chevron for indemnification of Chevron’s defense costs and any judgment rendered against Chevron in a multi-billion dollar environmental case now pending against Chevron in Ecuador. During the course of this proceeding, Mr. Bloom and his team developed a deep knowledge of the Law of Hydrocarbons, the law of public contracts and the inner workings of Ecuador’s Ministry of Energy and Mining, and PetroEcuador. He is currently counsel on behalf of the Republic of Ecuador with respect to an unrelated international arbitration brought by Chevron.
Mr. Bloom successfully argued, among other cases, Sun-Diamond Growers of California v. United States, 526 U.S. 398 (1999) (reversing conviction in case brought by the Office of the Independent Counsel; delineating scope of federal criminal anti-gratuity statute); First Hartford Pension Plan v. United States, 194 F.3d 1279 (Fed. Cir. 1999) (reversing grant of motion to dismiss, finding that U.S. Court of Federal Claims has jurisdiction to hear shareholder derivative claims); and Gateway v. Vitech America, 2002 WL 662893 (2d Cir. 2002) (N.Y.) (affirming grant of summary judgment in guaranty enforcement action). Mr. Bloom’s practice includes the preparation of compliance programs for clients to assist them in navigating the complex web of statutes and regulations pertaining to private parties’ interaction with state and federal governments.
Mr. Bloom also represents a number of regional and national banks and thrifts, and their stockholders, in breach of contract cases against the United States in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Prior representation of certain of these thrifts in the federal courts yielded the first-ever district court injunctions against banking regulatory agencies prohibiting the appointment of a conservator or receiver of these institutions. Mr. Bloom also has represented foreign banks in both routine and complex commercial cases, and has represented directors and officers in actions brought by banking regulators and former shareholders.
Mr. Bloom received his B.A., magna cum laude, from The George Washington University in 1984 and received a J.D., with honors, from The George Washington University National Law Center in 1987.
Mr. Bloom is a member of the firm's Diversity Committee.
Mr. Bloom has appeared on CNN’s “Burden of Proof” with Greta van Susteren and Roger Cossack and has been interviewed by MSNBC for commentary regarding former President Clinton’s pardon of Marc Rich. He has appeared and spoken in front of audiences with the former Independent Counsel regarding the investigation and prosecution of former Secretary of Agriculture Michael Espy, and is also co-author of “FDIC/RTC Suits Against Bank and Thrift Officers and Directors—Why Now, What’s Left?,” 63 Fordham L. Rev. 2087 (1995).