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Eric L. Dobberteen



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Eric Dobberteen has over 30 years of first chair litigation and trial experience in a variety of commercial, employment, mass tort and civil rights cases. His practice also includes representing individuals and companies in regulatory enforcement proceedings and state and federal criminal grand jury investigations. Many of Eric’s clients have required simultaneous representation in civil litigation that parallels regulatory investigations and, at times, criminal investigations.


Prior to joining Clark & Trevithick, Eric was a partner at an international law firm with offices in Europe and the United States. While with that firm, Eric had first chair litigation and jury trial responsibilities in mass tort cases, employment discrimination cases, and in conducting internal investigations on behalf of clients.


Following law school, Eric served three years of active duty as a member of the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, trying numerous courts martial and serving as counsel to a three star admiral. Following his navy duty, Eric was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. As an AUSA, Eric tried to completion over 25 jury and bench trials, including the first Continuing Criminal Enterprise prosecution in the Central District and successfully litigated two terrorist prosecutions employing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Eric also served as an Assistant Division Chief in that office’s Criminal Division in charge of Training and General Crimes. In 1982, Eric received the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance.


Eric served as Deputy General Counsel to the Rampart Independent Review Panel that investigated corruption in the Los Angeles Police Department. He also is active in the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee and has served as a director for the Los Angeles Federal Bar Association.

  • JD, College of William and Mary in Virginia, 1973
  • BA, Western Michigan University, Cum Laude 1970

  • Deputy General Counsel, Rampart Independent Review Panel
  • Member, American Bar’s Association’s White Collar Crime Committee
  • Director, Los Angeles Federal Bar Association

  • West’s California Criminal Law, 1995, D. Dalton ed. (Contributing Author)
  • Author, Employee Theft and Fraud: How Did That Happen?!?, 2013
  • Author, Bribe?!?-What Bribe?!?, 2012
  • Angloamerikanisho Rechtssprache, Vol. 3, 2014 (Contributing Author)

  • Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance, 1982
  • Listed, Southern California Super Lawyer, 2012-2017

  • Lecturer: Employee/Vendor Fraud Seminars, 2013-2015
  • Lecturer: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Seminar, 2012