Eric A. Cunningham III

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Eric A. Cunningham III

Attorney Profile

Eric Cunningham joined Adler Murphy & McQuillen as a Partner in early 2020.  He draws upon his extensive complex litigation skills and aerospace law acumen in representing clients across the aerospace industry. Eric has vast experience litigating myriad aviation matters, from cases arising out of domestic and foreign aerospace disasters to business and insurance disputes involving participants in aerospace and other industries.

Eric's background as an aircraft owner and pilot enhances his ability to address technical details with sophisticated clients and experts, yet simplify the issues for explanation and adjudication.  He has written scholarly articles and made presentations to aviation bar associations and Underwriters in London; and he has taught a bar-certified course on Aerospace Law to lawyers new to the field.    

The breadth of Eric's aerospace work includes his representation of product/component manufacturers, maintenance facilities, airlines, pilots and insurers.  In addition to his accident-related defense work, Eric also provides counseling to clients involved in business disputes in aerospace, insurance and other fields; and he litigates the disputes when necessary.   As such, while Eric's practice primarily focuses on aerospace law, he offers a general practice serving clients in various industries and businesses.   

Over the years, Eric's practice has been based out of Chicago and Kansas City, in law firms with a total of more than 25 offices worldwide.  Enjoying a national practice, Eric has served clients' interests from Honolulu to New York, and beyond.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Eric graduated from John Burroughs School.  Eric and his family of four live on a small farm in Chicago's northwest suburbs, where they are actively involved in Chicagoland's ice hockey and equestrian communities.   



  • J.D. Washington University School of Law, 1992
  • B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri