J.D., University of Michigan Law School,
1997, magna cum laude

  • Order of the Coif
  • Article Editor, Michigan Law Review

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1991


  • Hon. David Tatel, U.S. Court of
    Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Hon. Constance Baker Motley,
    U.S. District Court for the S.D.N.Y.
  • Hon. Thelton Henderson, U.S. District
    Court for the N.D. Cal. (1997-98)


  • New York
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York

Board Memberships

  • Member, Board of Directors, Eastern District Civil Litigation Fund

Speaking Engagements and Academic Work

  • Adjunct Professor, Cardozo School of Law (2005-2015)
  • Partisan Redistricting: From Justiciable Claims to Manageable Standards, New York University Law School (2/23/07)
  • Hesitant Judges, Bare-Knuckle Politics, and Elusive Standards: The Texas Gerrymandering Cases, Cardozo School of Law (3/29/06)
  • The Uses and Abuses of Redistricting, Cardozo School of Law (10/18/04)


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Eric Hecker

Eric Hecker has a diverse trial and appellate litigation practice. He is a leading civil rights litigator who has successfully handled many employment discrimination, wage and hour, police misconduct, prisoners' rights, First Amendment, children's rights, housing discrimination, election law, and land use cases. He also has extensive experience litigating a wide variety of commercial disputes involving contract, partnership, and intellectual property issues. Eric taught a course in election law at Cardozo Law School from 2005 through 2015, and he was named a "Super Lawyer" for civil rights and business litigation each year since 2009.

Representative Cases

Parker v. City of New York
Obtained more than $5 million in damages for a class of Rikers Island detainees who claimed that their placement in solitary confinement violated their right to due process.

McAllister v. Waldron
Obtained a $1.6 million settlement for the Estate of John McAllister, who committed suicide while in New York state prison, in a case claiming that the New York State Office of Mental Health failed to take basic steps to keep him safe from a known serious suicide risk. This is the largest prison suicide settlement ever paid in New York.

Simmons v. Suffolk County
Obtained a $1.85 million settlement on behalf of the Estate of Dainell Simmons, a developmentally disabled man who was asphyxiated by Suffolk County police officers who held him down as they attempted to place leg restraints on him.

Thomas v. State of New York
Represents Adrian Thomas, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering his infant son based on an unconstitutionally coerced confession, in a damages claim under New York's Unjust Conviction and Imprisonment Act.

T.F. v. Hennepin County
Represents foster children and pre-custodial children who are the subject of reports of abuse and neglect in an injunctive class action alleging that the child welfare system in Minneapolis, Minnesota is constitutionally deficient.

Glyka Trans LLC v. City of New York
Represents group of yellow medallion taxi owners and drivers in lawsuit claiming that "e-hail" companies like Uber may not lawfully operate in New York City.

Newton v. City of New York
Represented Alan Newton, who spent over two decades in prison for a rape he did not commit because the City could not find the DNA evidence that eventually exonerated him, in his appeal from the district court's decision to throw out an $18 million jury verdict on his claim that the City's inadequate evidence management system violated his right to due process. The appellate court reinstated the verdict.

Favors v. Cuomo
Represented New York Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the New York Senate Democrats with respect to all issues relating to the 2012 congressional and state legislative redistricting process, including challenging the constitutionality of the addition of a 63rd Senate district.

Metro Fuel v. City of New York
Represented a national outdoor advertising company in a First Amendment challenge to New York City's advertising sign restrictions.

Estate of Hailey Gonzalez v. City of New York
Represented the estate of a two-year-old girl who was murdered by her mother's boyfriend while under the supervision of the City's child welfare agency in a case alleging that the City was grossly negligent in failing to protect her.

Conservative Party v. Board of Elections
Represented and obtained a comprehensive consent decree on behalf of a coalition of minor political parties in a constitutional challenge to New York's practice of crediting so-called "double-votes" (votes cast for a single candidate on more than one party line) exclusively to the major political party.

Riverside Syndicate v. Monroe
Represented rent-stabilized tenants in an appeal before the New York Court of Appeals in which the landlord sought to void a prior consent judgment on the ground that the tenants' waiver of certain of their rights under the rent-stabilization laws violated public policy.

Green Party v. State of New Jersey
Represented the Green, Libertarian, and Conservative Parties in an action alleging that New Jersey's campaign finance regulatory scheme, which subjects alternative political parties to more onerous restrictions than the Democrats and Republicans, violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

K.J. v. State of New Jersey
Obtained $7.5 million settlement on behalf of three New Jersey foster children who were systematically starved by their foster and adoptive parents over a period of years in a civil rights action against the State and the case workers who failed to protect them.

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