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ERIC W. 
MOCH

Partner

emoch@heplerbroom.com

312-205-7712

Chicago, IL

 

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, n/k/a UIC John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1997
  • University of Dayton, Bachelor of Arts in History, 1994

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • 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 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 insurance clients, which has resulted in financial recoveries against fraud perpetrators.

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 50 jury verdicts, oral arguments before the Illinois Supreme Court and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and several published appeals. 

Bar/Professional Associations


  • International Association of Special Investigation Units
    • “Law Update” columnist, SIU Today
  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators
    • Past member, Board of Directors
    • Past President and newsletter editor, Illinois chapter

 Awards, Honors & Distinctions


  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2020-2021)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer (2017-2020)

Published Legal Writing


  • “Seventh Circuit Affirms Conviction of Serial Arsonist: Evidence of Prior Fires Admissible to Prove Scheme and Modus Operandi,” Law Update column, SIU Today (Spring 2021). (This article can be read here.)
  • “Disproving Exaggerated Injuries from Low Impact Collisions: Court Restores Common Sense to the Admissibility of Vehicle Damage Photos at Trial,” Law Update column, SIU Today (Fall 2019). (This article can be read here.)
  • “Bogenberger v Pi Kappa Alpha: A Tragedy Changes The Law,” HeplerBroom Blog (November 2, 2018). (This blog post can be read here.)

 Legal Lectures & Presentations


  • “Non-COVID Claims in a COVID World,” Christian & Small Webinar
    (June 22, 2020). (Co-presenter)
  • “Litigation Grab Bag—All the Ways to Go Wrong!” 2019 Synergy Forum, Illinois Association of Defense Council and Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (Itasca IL, 2019).
  • “Recent Trends Involving Bodily Injury and Property Insurance Fraud Claims: Staying Ahead of the Curve!” Annual Insurance Fraud Conference, Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units (Chicago IL, 2019).
  • “Using Affirmative Litigation to Combat Organized Medical Fraud,” National Seminar of National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (Indianapolis IN, 2018).
  • “Emerging Trends in Organized Medical Fraud and Strategies for Combatting them,” Farm Bureau Special Investigations Seminar (Des Moines IA 2018).

For a complete list of Legal Lectures and Presentations, click here.

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. The Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of the fraternity and corporation, the only defendants whose dismissals were affirmed.
  • 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 motor vehicle injury claim in which plaintiff alleged ligament tears in both knees, underwent knee surgery and alleged permanent disability. The trial court entered a directed verdict for the defendant. (Garcia v Sutherlin, et. al., 15 L 4809, 2019).
  • 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 complete list of Representative/Recent Case Results, click here.

Other Professional Activities


  • City of Aurora (IL)
    • Advisory Commission on Disabilities (one of only nine mayoral appointees)
  • Family Counseling Service of Aurora
    • Board member (volunteer)

 

 

 

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

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To help ensure everyone's continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

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