Erik’s Background


ADMITTED: 2005, Ohio; 2005, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio

LAW SCHOOL: University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, Ohio, (J.D. 2005)

COLLEGE: Ohio University (B.S. 1996, M.A. 1997)

MEMBERSHIPS: Cincinnati Bar Association, member; Cincinnati Jewish Community Relations Council, board member; Queen City Bike, member

Erik W. Laursen is a former broadcaster, producer, and writer turned attorney. His dedication to civil and constitutional rights steered him first to journalism and then into the law. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and small businesses realize their visions. His practice is devoted to serving the needs of individuals and small businesses.

Erik’s years of experience outside the law help him understand his clients’ needs and help clients solve problems, avoid legal mishaps, meet personal and professional objectives, and aggressively pursue legal action when it proves necessary.

Erik’s commercial clients receive hands-on help with planning and entity formation, contracts, dispute resolution and litigation, intellectual property issues such as trademark and brand protection, employment issues, and digital privacy.

His work on behalf of individuals includes a successful defense and settlement of a Federal Trade Commission prosecution, representation of numerous clients in discrimination and employment litigation, criminal matters, and consumer protection and debt adjustment, including Chapters 7 and 13 bankruptcies.

His goal is to anticipate your needs and help you resolve legal questions before they become legal problems.

While in law school, Erik was named as one of the first Fellows of the Rosenthal Institute for Justice and Ohio Innocence Project. There he helped initiate a still active effort to free a man for a murder he did not commit. He also served as Articles Editor for UC’s Law Review. His writing on First Amendment journalists’ privilege is recognized by the federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals and cited by other writers.

Previously, Erik worked with a firm specializing in civil litigation, class actions, and consumer protection. He has also worked behind the scenes at both the Second and First District Ohio Courts of Appeals.

Prior to pursuing a career in the law, Erik worked as a radio and television producer in Washington, DC and Cincinnati. As a producer, Erik produced the number one CBS affiliate morning show in the country. He has written and produced for Knight Ridder Tribune, WCPO-TV, WKRC-TV, and multiple business clients. Together, he and his wife created The Completely Unauthorized Ohio University Coloring Book, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to their beloved alma mater. Erik lectures frequently to his daughter on a variety of topics. Erik writes a daily lawyer haiku that is available on Facebook and Twitter.


Note, Putting Journalists on Thin Ice: McKevitt v. Pallasch, 73 U.Cin.L.Rev. 293 (2004) (included in materials for 2005 Second Circuit Judicial Conference; cited, 14 Comm. L. & Pol’y 373 (2009); 14 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 1063, (2006); 82 Ind.L.J. 549 (2007); 57 Duke L.J. 199 (2007); and other journals).