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ERIC W. 
MOCH

Partner

emoch@heplerbroom.com

312-205-7712

Chicago, IL

 

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury & Property Damage
  • Professional Liability

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1997
  • University of Dayton, Bachelor of Arts in History, 1994

Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Practice Description


Eric W. Moch focuses his practice on the defense of injury claims involving insurance fraud, including medical provider fraud, organized activity and staged and caused losses, as well as first- and third-party coverage and bad faith defense. His insurance fraud practice entails the defense of insurers and their insureds against fraudulent claims at trial and the pursuit of civil recoveries for liability and workers com-pensation carriers, which have resulted in financial recoveries against fraud perpetrators for his clients.

Mr. Moch counsels and represents national insurers, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals in a variety of matters and litigated disputes. He has extensive civil litigation experience in Illinois state and federal courts, including in excess of 40 jury verdicts and several published appeals.

He has also held numerous claims roles in the insurance industry, including as a founding member of a Special Investigation Unit for an international insurer, a role in which he investigated fraudulent claims across a wide range of insurance lines, including workers compensation. 

Bar/Professional Associations


  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators
    • Board of Directors
    • President and newsletter editor, Illinois chapter

 Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2017)

 Legal Lectures & Presentations


  • "Fighting Organized Medical Fraud", HeplerBroom/CPCU Insurance Law & Coverage Seminar (Oak Brook IL, 2017)
  • “Updates & Trends: Medical Fraud, Bad Faith and Legal Decisions,” Illinois chapter, International Association of Special Investigations Units (Woodridge IL, 2017)
  • Claims managers roundtable (panel moderator), National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators national seminar (Bloomingdale IL, 2016)
  • Medical fraud roundtable, 2nd Annual National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators Midwest Medical Fraud Symposium (Indianapolis IN, 2016)
  • “Fire Investigation for the Insurance Professional: SIU Perspectives,” International Association of Arson Investigators joint training seminar (Orland Park IL, 2016)

For a listing of Additional Legal Lectures and Presentations, see attached.

Representative/Recent Case Results


Appellate Arguments

  • Argued before the Illinois Supreme Court on March 15, 2017. Represented Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha Corporation, and the Eta Nu chapter at Northern Illinois University in Bogenberger v. Pi Kappa Alpha, et. al., Docket Nos. 120951,120967 & 120986. Case arose from the alcohol-related death of a student during a social event at the Eta Nu chapter house in November 2012. At issue in the case is the state of social host liability law in Illinois, as well as the scope of the Hazing Act.
  • Argued before a three-justice panel of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on January 11, 2017. Represented Church Mutual Insurance Company in Olivet Baptist Church v Church Mutual Insurance Co., 16-1689, a breach of contract and statutory bad faith case. Won summary judgment for Church Mutual on all counts, and appellate court affirmed summary judgment on January 13, 2017, just two days after argument.

Verdicts - Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

  • Solo trial attorney in defense of bodily injury cases in which plaintiffs alleged permanent neck and back injuries and sought six-figure jury verdicts in excess of applicable policy limits. Both cases involved suspicious chiropractic and diagnostic care, which in some instances was never provided, despite being billed. Jury returned verdicts in favor of plaintiffs in each case but awarded just a fraction of medical bills; both verdicts were well below settlement authority. (Hilario-Sotero v Wozniak, 15 L 2910, 2017; Fox, et. al. v. Berryman, 14 M1 300835, 2016)
  • Solo trial attorney in chancery declaratory judgment action seeking a declaration that State Farm owed no coverage in an uninsured motorist claim because the insured claimants breached the Concealment or Fraud provision of the applicable policy by lying about material facts. The Court entered judgment in favor of State Farm on all counts. (State Farm v. Johnson and Nichols, 14 CH 13543, 2016)

For a listing of Additional Representative/Recent Case Results, see attached.