Howard M. Erichson

Fordham Law Professor Howard Erichson

Professor of Law

Curriculum Vitae
SSRN (academic papers)
Telephone: 646-312-8233
Office: Room 7-114
Mass Tort Litigation Blog

Research and Teaching Areas

Civil Procedure; Class Actions; Litigation; Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility


Howard Erichson is one of the nation's leading experts on the procedure and ethics of complex litigation. Professor Erichson teaches Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, and Professional Responsibility. He has published widely on such topics as class actions, mass tort litigation, aggregate settlements, and coordination among lawyers. He is the past chair of the Civil Procedure Section of the Association of American Law Schools and was an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. He is the author of the book Inside Civil Procedure and co-author of Complex Litigation. His articles have appeared in the Cornell Law Review, Michigan Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and many other leading publications. Professor Erichson graduated from Harvard University and from New York University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the New Jersey Supreme Court and for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and he practiced as a litigator with Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton in New York City. In 1995, he joined the faculty of Seton Hall Law School, where he was elected Professor of the Year and was named the John J. Gibbons Professor of Law. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School and a Visiting Scholar at NYU Law School. He joined the Fordham Law School faculty as Professor of Law in 2008, and was elected Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Selected Publications


  • COMPLEX LITIGATION: CASES & MATERIALS ON ADVANCED CIVIL PROCEDURE, 5th ed. (West 2010) (with R. Marcus & E. Sherman)
  • MASS TORT LITIGATION MANUAL, American College of Trial Lawyers (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender 2006) (H. Erichson & A. Fickler, Co-Reporters)


  • The Problem of Settlement Class Actions, 82 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2014
  • The Chevron-Ecuador Dispute, Forum Non Conveniens, and the Problem of Ex Ante Inadequacy, 1 Stan. J. Complex Litig. 417 (2013)
  • The Home-State Test for General Personal Jurisdiction, 66 Vand. L. Rev. En Banc 81 (2013)
  • Consent versus Closure, 96 Cornell L. Rev. 265 (2011) (with B. Zipursky)
  • The Trouble with All-or-Nothing Settlements, 58 Kan. L. Rev. 979 (2010)
  • CAFA’s Impact on Class Action Lawyers, 156 U. Penn. L. Rev. 1593 (2008)
  • Court-Ordered Confidentiality in Discovery, 81 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 357 (2006)
  • Mississippi Class Actions and the Inevitability of Mass Aggregate Litigation, 24 Miss. Coll. L. Rev. 285 (2005)
  • A Typology of Aggregate Settlements, 80 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1769 (2005)
  • Doing Good, Doing Well, 57 Vand. L. Rev. 2087 (2004)
  • Beyond the Class Action: Lawyer Loyalty and Client Autonomy in Non-Class Collective Representation, 2003 U. Chi. Legal F. 519
  • Informal Aggregation: Procedural and Ethical Implications of Coordination among Counsel in Related Lawsuits, 50 Duke L.J. 381 (2000)
  • Coattail Class Actions: Reflections on Microsoft, Tobacco, and the Mixing of Public and Private Lawyering in Mass Litigation, 34 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1 (2000)
  • Mass Tort Litigation and Inquisitorial Justice, 87 Georgetown L.J. 1983 (1999)
  • Interjurisdictional Preclusion, 96 Michigan L. Rev. 945 (1998)


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1990
    • Editor-in-Chief, NYU Law Review; Order of the Coif; Goodman Memorial Prize, Weinfeld Prize, Rubin Prize
  • A.B.,Harvard University, Government, 1985