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Eric L. Zalud

Associate Chair, Litigation Practice Group; Chair, Transportation & Logistics Practice Group; Executive Committee Member
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Eric Zalud is Chair of the firm’s Transportation & Logistics Practice Group and Associate Chair of its Litigation Practice Group and is also a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Benesch’s Transportation & Logistics Practice Group was ranked first in the country in the 2014, 2016 and 2017 Editions of U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

Eric has litigated or arbitrated matters in 29 states, before state and federal trial and appellate courts in various jurisdictions, and before the Surface Transportation Board, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the United States Olympic Committee.

Eric focuses his practice primarily upon commercial litigation, transportation, logistics and e-commerce law consult and litigation, insurance, coverage and bad faith matters, and product liability matters, including medical device defense, consumer product defense and industrial product defense.


    • Vanderbilt University Law School, 1985, J.D.
      • Associate Editor, Journal of Transnational Law
      • Associate Justice, Moot Court
      • International Court of Justice
    • Miami University, 1981, B.A., Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs
      • cum laude

    • American Bar Association, Trucking Law Subcommittee
    • Ohio State Bar Association
    • All Federal and State Courts in Ohio and Indiana
    • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

    • Immediate Past President, Transportation Lawyers Association
    • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Member, Air Forwarders Association
    • Member, Association of Transportation Law Professionals
    • Member, Association for Transportation Law Logistics & Policy
    • Member, Cleveland Trucking Association
    • Member, Council on Litigation Management
    • Member, Customs Brokers Roundtable
    • Member, Intermodal Association of North America
    • Member, International Warehouse Logistics Association
    • Member, Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association
    • Member, Swedish American Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, Medmarc Medical Device Liability Defense Panel
    • Member, National Tank Truck Carriers
    • Member, Ohio Foreign Commerce Association
    • Member, The Conference of Freight Counsel
    • Member, The Defense Research Institute, Trucking Law Subcommittee
    • Member, The Traffic Club of Cleveland
    • Member, The Transportation Consumer Protection Council
    • Member, The Transportation Loss Prevention & Security Council
    • Member, Transportation Intermediaries Association
    • Member, Trucking Industry Defense Association
    • Member, Truckload Carriers Association