Eric J. Purchase


Erie, Pennsylvania




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Attorney Eric J. Purchase represents individuals and families suffering from injury or the death of a loved one. He was born and raised in Erie County, Pennsylvania. He is a 1988 graduate of Gannon University. In 1991, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with honors. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Purchase served as editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. In recognition of his class standing upon graduation, Mr. Purchase was inducted into the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Order of the Coif.

Before opening his Pennsylvania personal injury practice, Mr. Purchase was a trial lawyer with one of Erie’s largest law firms and served as both an equity partner and a practice group chairman. At that time, his practice consisted primarily of representing the region’s largest insurance companies and employers in trials and arbitrations. His cases included personal injury and wrongful death claims, contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, insurance bad faith claims, medical malpractice claims, and shareholder rights disputes. Mr. Purchase has represented clients all over Pennsylvania, the United States, and overseas, including cases and clients in Singapore, Denmark, the Netherlands, Brazil, and Canada.

In 2006, Mr. Purchase founded his own law practice and ever since has devoted himself to representing individuals and families, primarily in cases against the larger insurance companies and corporations in the region. Today, Mr. Purchase’s legal practice successfully represents clients in auto accident, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and personal injury cases. (Mr. Purchase also represents local businesses and business people in commercial litigation cases, including contract litigation, shareholder/partner disputes, and other business disputes.)

Mr. Purchase has taught and lectured to other lawyers and insurance adjustors on many subjects, including trial tactics, Pennsylvania auto insurance, car accident law, and other injury law subjects. His lectures include Supreme Court approved Continuing Legal Education seminars, as well as private seminars for claims professionals. He serves at the highest levels of Pennsylvania trial lawyer associations, including the Erie County Bar Association, the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers, and the Pennsylvania Association of Justice.

Areas of Practice

Litigation Percentage

  • 99% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. cum laude – 1991
    • Honors: The Order of the Coif
    • Law Review: University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor, 1989 – 1990
  • Gannon University, Erie, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. – 1988
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • A Roadmap to Justice: The Ultimate Guide to Car Accident Cases in PA, Word Association Publishers, 2010
  • The Problem of the Minority Discount in Business Valuation, Business Magazine, January, 2002

Representative Clients

  • General McLane School District

Honors and Awards

  • Erie County Bar Association, President’s Award, 2015
  • Business of the Year Award, Kearsarge Volunteer Fire Department, 2001 – Present
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2013-2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice, Board of Governors – President’s Club, 1992 – Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, House of Delegates Political Action Committee Member, 2011 – Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, 2012 – Present
  • Erie County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 2012 – 2019
  • Erie County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Chairman, 2007 – 2008
  • Erie County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Chairman, 2012 – 2013
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, 2012 – Present
  • Erie County Bar Association, Past-President, 2018
  • Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2020 – 2021


  • Auto Law Update, Erie County Bar Association, 2009 – Present
  • Joint and Several Liability, Erie County Bar Association, 2011 – Present
  • Guest Lecturer, Medical Malpractice Litigation and Health Care Quality, Mercyhurst University, 2013 – Present
  • Guest Lecturer: Lawyers, Litigation and Settlement, Mercyhurst University, 2013 – Present
  • Apologies in the Medical Malpractice Context, Erie County Bar Association, 2012 – Present
  • Guest Lecturer: Medical Malpractice and the Adversarial System, Mercyhurst University, 2012 – Present
  • Civil Litigation for First Year Lawyers, Erie County Bar Association, 2011 – Present
  • Pennsylvania Tort Reform: Joint and Several Liability, Erie County Bar Association, 2011 – Present
  • Inside Secrets of ERISA: A Third Party Administrator Pulls Back the Curtain, Erie County Bar Association, 2011 – Present
  • Effective Use of Depositions at Trial, Erie County Bar Association, 2008 – Present
  • Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist Claims Practice, Erie County Bar Association, 2007 – Present
  • Bad Faith Insurance Claims and Trial Tactics
  • Emotional Distress Claims
  • Premises Liability, Slip and Fall Update
  • First Party Benefits Update

Past Employment Positions

  • MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton, LLP, Partner and Practice Group Chairman, 1991 – 2006
  • Eric J. Purchase, Attorney at Law, Sole Practitioner, 2006 – 2010

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyer, Northwestern Legal Services

Ancillary Businesses

  • Judge of Elections, Erie County, 5th Ward, 20th District


  • Tau Kappa Epsilon

Personal Injury Case Results


Car accident

At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.


Motorcycle Fatality

Client’s husband was killed in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver. His underinsured motorist carrier originally denied coverage, based on a policy exclusion, and then offered only half the coverage.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.


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  • "There aren't enough words to express how elated we are with the end results Attorney Tim George delivered, he went above and beyond our expectations. Attorney George was always prompt in returning phone calls, straight forward about the facts and extremely empathetic with the horrible situation that our son was facing."

  • "Eric Purchase provided clear, logical guidance. He worked to understand the situation and circumstances (in a complicated matter) in order to provide accurate assessments and recommendations. Thrilled to partner with him. Also appreciated his updates on pertinent matters and professional counseling throughout the entire process."

  • "Craig Murphey handled my personal injury claim. He was extremely professional, but also took a personal interest in helping me through a very difficult process. Everyone in the Purchase, George & Murphey office was very kind and helpful. I would recommend Craig Murphey’s services to anyone who might find themselves in need of a top-notch lawyer."

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Mr. George and his entire office staff were very kind and helping me through my first ever experience with the law. He was able to get me exactly what he said he would in the outcome of my trial. The entire staff was very informative and kept me up to date on everything. Very pleased with my experience and would most definately recommend him to others.

Allison, July 8, 2017