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Eric A. Snider

Eric A. Snider

Senior Associate

T (919) 755-8758
F (919) 838-3111

Eric Snider represents regional and national clients in a broad range of complex commercial and employment matters in state and federal courts and before governmental agencies. He regularly advises business clients about employment issues relating to the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, worker’s compensation, Title VII, unemployment, termination and discipline, FLSA, policies and handbooks, protection of trade secrets and confidential information, and other North Carolina and Federal employment laws. He works with clients to determine and implement best practices that conform with business directives and the law. 

In defending employers in litigated matters, Eric draws on his deep experience representing clients of all sizes in commercial and personal injury lawsuits. He has participated in all phases of litigation, ranging from fact and expert discovery through motion practice, trial, and appeal. Eric also has considerable experience with e-discovery and has defended companies' document preservation and production practices. In addition to counseling and representing employers, Eric also maintains a diverse civil defense and business litigation practice in North Carolina. Eric has been selected to the North Carolina Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Before joining Smith Moore Leatherwood, Eric practiced at an AmLaw 100 law firm where he represented pharmaceutical and consumer goods manufacturers in complex products liability lawsuits in courts across the United States. Eric is also a Teach For America alumnus; before law school he taught high school special education at Louisburg High School in Franklin County, North Carolina.

Listed in North Carolina Super Lawyers
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Business Litigation (2014-2016), Civil Litigation: Defense (2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • Leadership Raleigh, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Chancellor's Award from the University of Kansas for outstanding leadership and service

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.


Representative Work

  • Defend a number of age, disability, race and sex discrimination and retaliation cases, including claims alleging failure to promote, wrongful termination and failure to accommodate.
  • Represent employers in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and advise employers regarding workplace policies and procedures.
  • Defend employers and staffing agency in lawsuits alleging violation of state and federal wage and hour laws.
  • Draft and revise employee handbooks and other policies for clients with a variety of business needs.
  • Provide training and advice to HR teams and employees on various employment law compliance topics, including anti-harassment, workers compensation, FMLA, recordkeeping, and conducting investigations.
  • Collaborate with employers to develop and draft employment, severance, non-competition, and non-disclosure agreements for senior level officers and key employees.
  • Defend wholesaler in dispute with distributor on claims for fraud, breach of contract, unfair trade practice, and tortious interference with contract.
  • Assert commercial landlord’s contract disputes against former tenant and guarantors, including claims for breach of contract, liquidated damages, and attorneys’ fees.
  • Represent international manufacturer in business dispute involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, and fraudulent conveyance.
  • Counsel and represent health care providers in malpractice suits and claims.
  • Defend health care provider in dispute where plaintiff alleged fraud, improper debt collection practices, and malicious conduct concerning medical bill.
  • Represent medical provider at a jury trial concerning its contract dispute with real estate developer regarding the construction of a medical office building.
  • Defend pharmaceutical companies in wrongful death and personal injury products liability cases involving blockbuster prescription drugs in jurisdictions across the country.
  • Represent individual who suffered traumatic brain injury in pro-bono personal injury lawsuit tried to jury verdict.
  • Defend trucking companies in wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits arising from motor vehicle accidents.


  • Teach For America Corps Member 2002-2004

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Thought Leadership


April 12, 2017
February 27, 2017
May 19, 2016
July 31, 2013


  • “Fair Labor Standards Act: Pitfalls and Dangerous Litigation,” North Carolina Society of Human Resource Managers, Statewide Conference, September 28-29, 2017
  • “Promises, Promises: Should We Put it in Writing?” North Carolina Society of Human Resource Managers, Statewide Conference, September 28-29, 2017
  • "Employment Law Overview: Spotting Issues to Avoid Problems," North Carolina Assisted Living Association, Administrator Certification Program, August 3, 2017
  • "Employee Agreements: From Beginning to End,”  HRCI/SHRM presentation to the Alamance County HR Association and the Human Resource Management Association of Greensboro, March 23, 2017
  • "Employee Handbooks: Must Haves and Must Have Nots," HRCI/SHRM presentation to the Alamance County HR Association and the Human Resource Management Association of Greensboro, August 2, 2016
  • "Squelch that Lawsuit: Responding to EEOC Charges," HRCI/SHRM presentation to the Alamance County HR Association and the Human Resource Management Association of Greensboro, August 2, 2016
  • Co-presenter, "Employment Law Overview: FMLA, ADA, and an Overview of Federal and State Wage and Hour Laws," CLE  to Wake County Bar Association members on June 2, 2015
  • Teach For America Eastern North Carolina Corps Member Induction Ceremony, Alumni Remarks, June 2011
  • Panelist, "Section 1983 Litigation: Everything you need to know to successfully litigate a § 1983 federal civil rights case," CLE presentation on November 9, 2009
  • Panelist, "Advocating for Kids: Meeting the Educational Needs of Children and Families," October 2009
  • Henderson Collegiate Charter School, Board of Directors
  • Leadership Raleigh Alumni Association, Board of Directors
  • North Carolina Business Committee for Education, Firm Representative
  • University of Kansas Alumni Association, Chapter Leader for the Central North Carolina Jayhawks and Lifetime Member
  • High Climbers Career and Leadership Summit, Organizer and Speaker at leadership conference for select high school freshman attending Wake County Public Schools
  • United Way Campaign, Firm Chair for Raleigh office, (2011-2015)
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2007
  • University of Kansas, B.A., with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 2002
  • North Carolina, 2011
  • Missouri, 2007
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • Young Professionals Network, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Drug & Medical Device Committee
    • Employment and Labor Law Committee
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
    • Vice-Chair, Bench-Bar Committee               
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
Academic Honors
  • Dean's List
  • Holderness Moot Court Invitational Appellate Advocacy Team
  • Extern, North Carolina Court of Appeals

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