Eryk J. Wachnik

Associate | Chicago Office

Aviation | Commercial Litigation

Eryk Wachnik is an Associate in the Chicago office where he concentrates his practice in all areas of aviation, general tort and commercial litigation.

Mr. Wachnik joined the Firm after five years as an Assistant State’s Attorney at the Cook County, Illinois, State's Attorney's Office, Narcotics Prosecutions Bureau, where he gained extensive trial experience. As a prosecutor, Mr. Wachnik made charging decisions, conducted in-depth investigations, presented matters to the Grand Jury for indictment, handled pre-trial hearings and motions, and conducted over 100 criminal trials to the bench to juries. Mr. Wachnik prosecuted matters involving gangs, complex drug dealing organizations, high level drug dealers and serious felony firearms offenses. Mr. Wachnik was also assigned to the First Municipal Division, where he appeared in court almost daily to seek justice for victims of crime.

Prior to joining the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Mr. Wachnik was an Associate Attorney at two prominent civil litigation firms where he handled complex premises liability, motor vehicle, trucking, product liability and medical malpractice cases.

During law school, Mr. Wachnik served as the News Articles Editor on Loyola’s Consumer Law Review, in which he published numerous articles on topics of interest to consumers and businesses. Mr. Wachnik also served as a member of Loyola's Community Law Clinic, in which he gathered evidence and handled numerous guardianship matters in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Mr. Wachnik is also a member of the Advocates Society, Chicago’s Polish-American Bar Association.

Publications

  • “Unlike” and “Delete Post”: The New Buzzwords in 21st Century Spoliation. Trucking Industry Defense Association (2013)
  • The Student Debt Crisis: The Impact of the Obama Administration’s “Pay as You Earn” Plan on Millions of Current & Former Students, 24 Loy. Consumer L. Rev. 442 (2011)
  • “The Durbin Tax” and How the Banks Tried to Insure Their Bottom Line, 24 Loy. Consumer L. Rev. 318 (2011)
  • Can You Hear Me Now?: A Look into the Future of Cell Phone Carrier Competition, 24 Loy. Consumer L. Rev. 93 (2011)
  • Anti-Smoking Legislation: Why Strong Local Legislation & Action Better Protect the Consumer than Federal Legislation & Action, 23 Loy. Consumer L. Rev. 459 (2010)