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Eric Gernant



Mr. Gernant is the Managing Partner of the Syracuse, New York office and is a Member of the General Liability and Toxic Tort Departments. He specializes in the area of personal injury, professional liability, construction defect, admiralty, environmental claims, product liability, and life sciences. He has successfully defended complex toxic tort claims, including fire, mold, benzene, chemical exposures, and lead, and medical devices in the state, federal and appellate courts of New York and New Jersey, and has been admitted pro hac vice in other jurisdictions.  He also has extensive experience defending claims involving attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers, doctors, realtors, insurance agents, and other professionals.  He has also successfully defended several long term and elderly health care facilities.  In addition, Mr. Gernant has defended employers in sexual harassment and discrimination suits.  He has also handled complex environmental claims in both state and federal courts involving underground storage tanks and CERCLA.  He is consistently recognized as an Upstate New York Super Lawyer, and was previously selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers  "Rising Stars" list  in 2009 and 2010. The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found at No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Mr. Gernant graduated magna cum laude from Niagara University in 2002, and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from New England School of Law in 2005, where he earned the New England Merit Scholarship. He also received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Perspectives: Beginning of Life & Bioethical Issues for his article entitled "Me, Myself, and I, I, I: Does a Reproductive Cloning Ban Violate Procreative Liberty?", and in UCC: Negotiable Instruments.

During law school, Mr. Gernant was one of two American law students selected to serve as part of the defense team for former Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic at his trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He was later hired as an attorney to help defend the former Vice-President of Bosnia, Jadranko Prlic for his trial in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Mr. Gernant is admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York, as well as, the Second and Third Circuit Court of Appeals.


Syracuse, NY
Buffalo, NY
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New England School of Law
(J.D., 2005)
Niagara University
(B.S., 2002)

New Jersey
New York

District of New Jersey
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Northern District of New York
Western District of New York
Second Circuit Court of Appeals
Third Circuit Court of Appeals