Eric C. Sohlgren has developed a reputation for calm persistence, depth of knowledge, responsive service, efficiency, and vigorous advocacy. For 25 years, he has represented companies, managers and employee benefit plans in employment litigation matters in state and federal courts, and in administrative proceedings.
With an executive background in human resources, Eric has a passion for helping human resources professionals, lawyers, management, and owners with employment law compliance, employment policies, and preventing litigation. He is adept at understanding the personal dynamics motivating employment disputes, and finding creative ways to resolve them.
Eric also represents non-profit organizations in employment, property and business matters, with particular expertise in religious corporation structure and law. His representation of religious corporations in property and corporate disputes in the trial and appellate courts, including before the U.S. Supreme Court and California Supreme Court, has received national recognition in the print, radio and television media.
Eric is Chair of the Payne & Fears LLP Employment Law Group. He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Sections. In 2000, he chaired the Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section.
Since 1995, Eric has been Editor-in-Chief of an annual publication for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, which is used to educate attorneys throughout California about recent developments in employment law. He is Editor-in-Chief of California Employment Law Digest, a book which summarizes California employment law court decisions. He has published numerous articles on employment and employee benefits law subjects in journals and human resources publications. During law school, Eric served as Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola Law Review.
Eric has presented hundreds of lectures and seminars on employment law and church property issues to attorneys, business executives, non-profit leaders, and human resources professionals. Recent speaking engagements and publications are listed herein.
Eric is a director of the Pfaffinger Foundation, a nonprofit charitable foundation in Los Angeles, that provides community grants to promote self-sufficiency among the working poor, and assistance to media industry employees, former employees, and retirees.
Before joining Payne & Fears LLP, Eric was an executive with the corporate human resources department of The Times Mirror Company, where he oversaw the implementation of a national managed health care plan, and managed the company’s 401(k) and Employee Stock Ownership plans.