Erik was born in Soldotna, Alaska and moved to South Louisiana in 1983. After graduating from Woodlawn High School in Baton Rouge, he attended St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana, Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge and graduated Magna Cum Laude from McNeese State University, in 2000 with a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies, History Minor, as well as an A.A. in Languages (Latin). At McNeese, Erik was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the Philosophy Club, the Newman Club, the Dean’s List and the President’s Honor roll. After a break from studies during which he taught at St. Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles, he enrolled at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU. Erik’s studies at the Law Center were interrupted by a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, where he served as battalion paralegal for the 1-156 Armor Battalion and in the JAG section of the 256th Brigade Combat Team. After redeployment, Erik returned to the Law Center and completed his legal studies receiving his JD and BCL in 2007. During his military service in the Louisiana National Guard from 1992 until 2005, Erik was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Army Achievement Medal, three Louisiana General Excellence Ribbons and the Meritorious Service Medal. Erik is a member of the Young Lawyer’s Section of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Southwest Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield Bar Association and the Knights of Columbus. Erik has long been active in volunteer work for various community organizations including the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, the Missionaries of Charity, and the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center. Erik practices law in Lake Charles, Louisiana. His practice focuses on insurance coverage, general casualty, occupational disease, toxic tort and environmental cases.