Eric Ferrante

Eric Ferrante is an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Complex Commercial Disputes group. Eric represents public and private companies in federal and state court litigation, and domestic and international arbitration and mediation.

What do you focus on?

My practice focuses on achieving results in all types of commercial litigation, including contract disputes, business torts, and other commercial and financial matters. I have extensive experience representing nationally recognized clients in the food and beverage, oil and gas, banking and gaming, and entertainment industries in disputes arising from purchase and sale agreements, co-pack manufacturing agreements, claims of trade secret misappropriation, and lender liability and fiduciary duty claims.

In addition to a broad commercial litigation practice, I also provide strategic advice to clients in the beverage alcohol industry on federal permitting and licensing requirements and compliance issues, organizational and ownership issues, and contract manufacturing and distribution agreements related to wine, beer, and spirits.

I am also a member of Nixon Peabody’s team of attorneys advising clients regarding their ability to secure funding or other relief in response to COVID-19-related financial distress, including through the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) made available through the CARES Act.

What do you see on the horizon?

As cloud-based storage and other methods of electronically keeping sensitive information have become the norm, entities must be aware of risks these methods present. Efficiently locating documents once litigation arises is critical.

IDEXX Laboratories Inc sues former employees for disclosing trade secret information

Law Street | March 01, 2022

This article covers a lawsuit filed by Maine-based veterinary diagnostics company IDEXX Laboratories against two former employees for allegedly violating trade secret laws and mentions NP for representing IDEXX Laboratories. The NP team is comprised of Labor & Employment partner Steve Jones and Complex Disputes associate Eric Ferrante, both in Rochester, and Chicago Privacy & Technology partner Richard Tilghman.

Big changes in SBAs EIDL program sparks new interest

Rochester Business Journal | October 08, 2021

Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Eric Ferrante contributed this column highlighting recent changes to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program that may make it more attractive to businesses on the fence about seeking government relief funds. The article is based on a client alert Eric co-authored with Boston Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan, Chicago Global Finance partner Robert Drobnak, and Director of Global Strategies David Kaufman.

Legality of mergers & acquisitions in the COVID era

Rochester Business Journal | November 27, 2020

Corporate associate Isaac Figueras and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Eric Ferrante, both in Rochester, were quoted in this article for their outlook on force majeure clauses, commercial real estate leasing, and the impact of COVID and the California wildfires on supply chains.

A primer on ins and outs of PPP loan forgiveness

Rochester Business Journal | October 09, 2020

Rochester Complex Commercial Disputes associate Eric Ferrante contributed this column on the process, considerations, and best practices for businesses when applying for loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program.

Legal guidance a necessity for companies amid coronavirus uncertainty

Rochester Business Journal | September 04, 2020

In this article on the most common COVID-related issues that businesses and companies are seeking legal help for, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity deputy leader Jenny Holmes and Complex Commercial Disputes associate Eric Ferrante, both in Rochester, are quoted for their outlook on cybersecurity best practices, force majeure clauses, and rent concerns from both landlords and tenants.


Eric M. Ferrante



Phone: 585-263-1362

Fax: 844-698-5849

Tulane University, J.D.

Syracuse University, B.S.

New York

New Jersey

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Eric Ferrante received a 2022 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for Alternative Dispute Resolution, as well as for Commercial Litigation in 2021.

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  • American, New York, and New Jersey bar associations
  • Executive Board (Chair-Elect), Young Lawyers Section of the Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member, Litigation Council of the Monroe County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Webster Community Sports Complex
  • Board of Directors (Secretary), Sports Association of Webster
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