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Eric C. Tew Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2001
  • District of Columbia, 2002

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia


William and Mary School of Law, J.D.

  • Order of the Coif
  • William & Mary Law Review, Editorial Board

Old Dominion University, B.S., magna cum laude

Eric C. Tew's practice involves a variety of litigation matters both at the trial and appellate levels, with particular emphasis on products liability, financial services and class action defense. He also has handled environmental contamination matters and other complex civil litigation.

Mr. Tew has defended dozens of class actions in state and federal courts throughout the country, many of which have involved claims brought pursuant to various state consumer protection laws. His products liability practice involves a variety of products, including automobiles, trucks, medical devices and food products. Mr. Tew has defended products liability suits on a regional and national basis, including the defense of an automobile manufacturer in cases in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Delaware. Mr. Tew also counsels clients on various products liability matters not involving litigation.

In the area of financial services litigation, Mr. Tew has represented banks, mortgage lenders and mortgage servicers in actions alleging wrongful foreclosure and related issues. His environmental practice has included the defense of a major petroleum company against claims of groundwater contamination allegedly caused by a gasoline additive.


  • Appellate
  • Class action defense
  • Products liability defense
  • Environmental contamination litigation
  • Eminent domain and condemnation proceedings
  • Financial services litigation
  • Coba v. Ford Motor Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123546 (D.N.J. Aug. 4, 2017) (granting summary judgment in putative class action involving allegedly defective fuel tanks).
  • Holiday Motor Corp. v. Walters, 790 S.E.2d 447 (Va. 2016) (draft amicus brief for PLAC supporting successful appeal by Mazda).
  • In re Ford Tailgate Litigation, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 159534 (N.D. Cal., Nov. 25, 2015) (granting summary judgment and Daubert motions to exclude four plaintiffs’ experts and denying motion for class certification as moot in case involving 1.5 million vehicles).
  • Mickens v. Ford Motor Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121029 (D.N.J. Sept. 10, 2015) (granting summary judgment in putative class action).
  • Hyundai Motor Co. v. Duncan, 766 S.E.2d 893 (Va. 2015) (draft amicus brief for PLAC supporting successful appeal by Hyundai).
  • In re Ford Tailgate Litigation, 2014 WL 1007066 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 12, 2014) (granting partial motion to dismiss class action).
  • Davisson v. Ford Motor Company, 2014 WL 4377792 (S.D. Ohio Sept. 3, 2014) (granting motion to dismiss multi-state class action without leave to amend).
  • Funkhouser v. Ford Motor Co., 285 Va. 272 (2013) (draft amicus brief for PLAC affirming judgment for Ford).
  • Capital Motor Lines v. Detroit Diesel Corp., 799 F. Supp.2d 11 (D.D.C. 2011) (granting summary judgment in case involving motor coach fire).
  • Anchia v. DaimlerChrysler AG, 230 S.W.3d 493 (Tex. Ct. App. July 23, 2007) (affirming trial court ruling regarding lack of personal jurisdiction over foreign parent corporation).
  • Terry v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, 2007 Tex. App. LEXIS 5601 (Tex. Ct. App. July 18, 2007) (affirming summary judgment in putative class action involving alleged bumper defect).
  • Ziegelmann v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., 649 N.W. 2d 556 (N.D. 2002) (affirming summary judgment in no-injury class action involving lack of brake-shift-interlock devices).

Memberships & Involvement

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in 2017 for Dispute Resolution - Product Liability, Mass Tort, and Class Action: Automotive/Transport