It is with profound sadness and respect that we remember Eric Anderson, a cherished friend and partner. Eric epitomized the highest standards of professionalism and ethics throughout his nearly 40 years in bankruptcy practice.

Eric’s life began in Madison, Wisconsin, where he was born into a family deeply rooted in public service. His father, a lawyer and politician, served for 18 years in the Wisconsin State Assembly, including several terms as Speaker. This legacy inspired Eric’s own path in the legal profession.

Eric attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating early and with distinction in 1982 with a BA in Political Science. It was in his freshman history class that he met Ellen, who would become his lifelong partner.

Music also was a significant part of Eric’s life, influenced by his mother’s love of opera. He was an accomplished singer, performing solos at weddings and singing in a cappella choirs that toured major European cathedrals, including Notre Dame, while at school.

After college, Eric continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School, earning his law degree with honors in 1986.

Eric’s legal career began at Powell Goldstein, where he worked for 12 years, eventually becoming a Partner. He then practiced at Paul Hastings for several years before being recruited by Ed Dobbs to Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs, where he has practiced for the last 22 years.

Eric made a tremendous impact on the bankruptcy practice both in Atlanta and nationally. He was nationally recognized as a preeminent bankruptcy and creditor rights lawyer and was a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy Lawyers. His involvement extended to various prestigious organizations, including serving as a Director for the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, a Member of the Board of Directors of Meritas, and for numerous other organizations.

Even more importantly, he took leadership roles everywhere he served. His roles included Program Chair for the ABI Southeast Conference and Chair of the Eleventh Circuit Educational Programs and Law School Outreach Committee for the College. He was also a contributing author to TMA’s Journal of Corporate Renewal, Chairman of the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, and Secretary and Program Committee Chair for SBLI. Within Parker Hudson, Eric served as the Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights Practice Group Leader for many years.

Eric’s professional excellence also was widely recognized. In 2021, he was honored as Atlanta’s “Lawyer of the Year” for Bankruptcy and Reorganization Law by Best Lawyers in America. He was consistently acknowledged for his work by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Georgia's “Legal Elite,” and other esteemed rating agencies. In 2024, Eric was awarded the David W. Pollard Award by the Atlanta Bar Association. Although officially bestowed for professionalism and ethics in the practice of bankruptcy law, it has become a lifetime achievement award and serves as a testament to Eric’s outstanding character.

Beyond his professional life, Eric was devoted to his family. He prioritized his roles as a husband, father, and friend. His wife, Ellen, and children Ian, Henry, and Eva, along with their spouses and partners, were his greatest joy. Eric balanced his demanding career with an unwavering commitment to his family, always being present for dinners, games, and family projects.

Eric and Ellen shared a love for travel, with their favorite vacation being at Denali National Park in Alaska with all their children. This adventurous spirit and love for life defined their journey together.

Eric’s legacy is one of fulfilled professional and personal achievements. His contributions to the legal field and his devotion to his family have left an indelible mark on all who knew him. Today, we honor his memory, surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues, as we remember a life lived with distinction, integrity, and love.

Eric Anderson will be deeply missed, but his legacy will continue to inspire and guide us.