Lawyer Snapshot: Eric J. Holshouser

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  • | 12:00 p.m. January 24, 2011
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Name: Eric J. Holshouser

Age: 56

Family: Spouse, Lori Terens; children, Eric Jr., 22, and Andrew, 19.

Pets: Dogs Sophie and Simon; cat, Cookie.

Education: J.D., Duke University; M.A., University of Illinois Institute of Labor and Employment Relations; B.A., University of Illinois.

Admitted to the Bar: 1980

Employed by: Fowler White Boggs

Field of practice: Labor and employment law on behalf of management.

Professional Organizations: Executive Council and immediate past chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of The Florida Bar; counselor, Chester Bedell Inn of Court.

Community Involvement: The Jacksonville Bar Association; Board of trustees, United Way of Northeast Florida Inc.; board of directors, American Lung Association of the Southeast Inc.; district chair, Mohawk District, North Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America; past board member, Jacksonville Community Council Inc.; Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2009.

How did you get involved?
Early on, Dan Coffman encouraged all of us at the Coffman Coleman firm to become actively involved in civic and professional organizations. Also, my father’s long struggle with emphysema motivated me to accept an invitation from the late Bernard Gregory to join the local American Lung Association Advisory Board.

How can someone else get involved?
Volunteer to assist an organization you admire and respect. Also, JCCI’s Forward program is a great way for young professionals to connect with a wide range of civic activities, and it provides opportunities to volunteer and take leadership roles.

What have you learned/achieved through the experience?
Many in this community from all demographic groups are deeply committed to working together to make Jacksonville a better place for its citizens. However, given that much work needs to be done, ample opportunities exist for civic involvement.

What was the last book you read or are reading?
“Waking the Sleeping Demon” by Shoran Reid, an account of the Atlanta courthouse murders.