Named by Best Lawyers as the Pittsburgh “Lawyer of the Year” for Banking and Finance Law (2018), Financial Services Regulation Law (2016 and 2014) and Securities/Capital Markets Law (2015).
Eric D. Kline is a partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Pittsburgh office. Mr. Kline provides legal and business advice to growth companies from startup through exit. He also advises Fortune 500 companies in merger and acquisition, strategic partnering and joint venture transactions, and has represented venture capital, private equity and economic development agencies in their fund formation and venture capital investments. Mr. Kline brings more than 20 years of legal experience to his clients.
Primarily, Mr. Kline acts as an outside general counsel to his clients, where he works with a team of lawyers to provide advice in all areas that affect their business. These activities span the spectrum from establishing the form of entity, to developing and implementing equity compensation plans, to negotiating important contracts and licensing agreements with private sector and government parties, to structuring financings, acquisitions, and divestitures. As clients grow, these activities also include overseeing material litigation, international expansion, and intellectual property strategies. He also counsels boards of directors and senior management on corporate governance, securities law, and other strategic matters. Mr. Kline’s philosophy in representing clients is to understand the client’s unique strategy within its industry and apply practical problem solving to the legal and business issues encountered.
Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Kline was a partner in the Business and Finance Practice Group with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Before that, he was an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1989 to 1992.