Cozen O’Connor: Zagrans, Eric H.

Eric H. Zagrans

Special Counsel

Washington, D.C.

(216) 771-1000

(202) 861-1905

Eric is a nationally known trial and appellate lawyer who has 40 years’ experience in complex business litigation and sophisticated transactional matters. He concentrates his practice in the areas of securities, ERISA, policyholder rights, antitrust, class action, and other “bet-the-company” complex litigation in the financial services, capital markets, health care, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, high-tech, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries. 

Eric has successfully represented an impressive number of Fortune 500 companies and other clients in significant litigation in most state jurisdictions and in 23 federal districts throughout the United States. He has tried over 40 jury trials and countless bench trials, and his extensive appellate experience includes appearances and oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits, and several state supreme courts and intermediate appellate courts. Eric has recovered over $100 million in damages for clients in cases in which he served as lead trial and/or appellate counsel, and has also successfully defended clients in other cases from damage claims aggregating in excess of $5 billion.

Eric has served as associate general counsel of Ernst & Young, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law (where he became a nationally recognized in the areas of federal jurisdiction, civil procedure, class actions, evidence and constitutional law), partner at two large national law firms in Cleveland and Washington, D.C., and the law director of an Ohio municipality.

Eric earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from University of Notre Dame. Eric earned his law degree from Harvard Law School where as a 2L he was the national champion in the first annual National Mock Trial Competition and winner of Best Advocate award at the national finals in Houston.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1977
  • University of Notre Dame, A.B., 1974

Awards & Honors

Life Member, American Law Institute 

Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference 

Fellow, American Bar Foundation 

Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell for 30 years, 1987-2018

Selected in Best Lawyers in America®, 2013-2018

Named “Class Action-Mass Tort Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America® for 2017 

Zagrans Law Firm LLC rated as “Best Law Firm – Tier 1” by Best Lawyers in America®, 2014-2018

Selected among America’s Top 100 Attorneys® for Ohio, 2016 

Selected in Chambers U.S.A. Guide®, 2012-2017 

Selected in Ohio SuperLawyers® for Business Litigation, 2010-2018

Named Top 100 Lawyer in Ohio and Top 50 Lawyer in Cleveland by Ohio SuperLawyers®, 2016-2018

Selected in Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers® for Business Litigation, 2012-2018

Board certified, Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1997 

Winner, first annual “Iron Lawyer” award for best jury summation, Northern District of Ohio, 2008 

  • District of Columbia
  • Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Arizona
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court -- Colorado
  • U.S. District Court -- Maryland