Meet Eric Sanchez: Leader and Innovator
From U.S. Marine to Legal Delivery Systems Architect, Eric holds over 25 U.S. patents and was a key contributor to a $1.25 billion class action settlement.
Eric Sanchez is a seasoned professional with an impressive track record. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Eric developed strong leadership skills and a solid work ethic that has fueled his success in the years to come. For over two decades, he led one of the largest and most successful plaintiffs’ practices in the Southeast. He was the chief architect for many of the firm’s core systems. His greatest work was in In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, Case No. 08-mc-0511 (PLF) (D.D.C.). In addition to overseeing the firm’s client outreach, legislative, and administrative operations on this case, Eric served as class counsel’s point person for many issues including data analysis, technology, and client communication. His work was specifically cited in the Court’s opinion which resulted in a settlement of $1.25 Billion dollars and maximum fee award of nearly $100 Million dollars. Eric’s unique approach to problem-solving, combined with his passion for technology, led him to found the legal technology company, GrowPath. He is a proven innovator with over 25 U.S. patents under his belt. Prior to his work in the legal services and technology space, Eric was a licensed pastor in a church located in California’s Silicon Valley. During his five years of service, he worked with youth and adults, as well as oversaw the administrative affairs of the church. He holds a M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University as well as a B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from the California State University, Hayward (East Bay).
Diverse Experience and Legendary Results
United States Marine Corps
While in college, Eric served as an intern at a church in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was eventually hired as a Youth Pastor in 1995. His first, full-time, salaried position paid $16,900.00; he still has the offer letter hanging in his office to remind him how far he’s come. Eric worked as hard in the ministry as he has in any role, literally working well in excess of 80 hours per week doing whatever was required. From organizing countless youth trips to Disneyland, outreaches to rural parts of Mexico, and backpacking in Yosemite, all of this logistical work would come in handy later in Eric’s career. Eric also transitioned from his graduate work in psychology and attended seminary in Canada for weeks at a time over several years. Eric shifted into an administrative role in the church, where he oversaw the church’s first acquisition of its own building. This was Eric’s first experience in grass-roots lobby work and fundraising, which would also serve as great, initial experience for challenges to come later in his career.
Law Firm Administration
In 2000, Eric relocated from California to North Carolina, taking a job at a very small personal injury law firm; he was employee number six. Today, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is the largest personal injury firm in North Carolina and widely regarded as one of the most efficient, well-run law firms in the country. Throughout his time at Farrin, the firm progressively grew in nearly every conceivable measure despite being saddled with contributory negligence. Eric is the architect of many core systems and processes in use by the firm today and has managed nearly every department including, intake, case management, etc.
In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation
Eric is perhaps best known for his seminal work in managing the grass-roots lobby effort, case management, and claims process administration for the massive class action, In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation, Case No. 08-mc-0511 (PLF) (D.D.C.). The “Black Farmer Case” as it became known, involved a potential class that was initially 100,000 individuals across the United States. He was given the nickname, “maestro” for his work in planning and orchestrating a number of events carried on major television and cable networks, countless newspapers and the Internet. The events brought attention to the plight of the claimants and not only created the necessary political pressure it also key the issue in the public eye. He was invited to the White House to witness President Obama’s signing of the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 which appropriated the funds necessary to resolve the case. He was tasked with designing and executing a claims process which resulted in 384 meetings across 66 cities in 23 states and in Washington, D.C. – all in only 180 days. The Black Farmer case settled for $1.25 billion and his work was specifically referenced in the court’s opinion which awarded the maximum amount of attorneys’ fees.
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