Eric R. Eide

Eric R. Eide

A lifelong Central Florida resident, Mr. Eide obtained a Business Management degree with honors in 1985 from the University of Florida. He remained in Gainesville, earning his Juris Doctorate degree in 1988 from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He then began practicing as an Assistant Public Defender with the Ninth Judicial Circuit for Orange County. During his tenure in the public sector, Mr. Eide brought more than 25 cases to jury trial including four capital cases.

Mr. Eide joined Telan, Meltz, Wallace & Eide, P.A. as an associate in 1991, becoming a Partner four years later. Since his arrival, he has been the Firm’s lead counsel in matters of workers’ compensation. In doing so, he has become a highly requested speaker in the field, presenting to the nation’s top workers’ compensation carriers and the National Business Institute. 

Mr. Eide has represented top employers and carriers for over 18 years. During his tenure as a legal tactician and highly qualified litigator, he has gained an industry reputation as an aggressive, educated attorney with high-profile clients and wins in cases with perceived insurmountable odds. Mr. Eide has taken more than 60 workers’ compensation cases to trial, including complicated occupational exposure and compensability claims.

Nearly two decades after his arrival at Telan, Meltz, Wallace & Eide, P.A., Mr. Eide is still paving the way for the Firm. The recent wholesale changes to workers’ compensation laws have expanded his practice area concentration, where he provides defense for medical negligence, general liability, and Agency for Health Care Administration proceedings and appellate advocacy.  Mr. Eide’s trial resume also includes general liability claims both in state and federal courts.  Mr. Eide is an AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Martindale-Hubbell rated attorney

Mr. Eide is actively involved in the community, having served as a leader in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Indian Guides, and as a Little League Coach.  In his leisure time, Mr. Eide spends time with his wife, Wanda, and their three children.  The family enjoys the beach, the mountains, and various sporting events, especially those involving his children and the Florida Gators.


  • University of Florida, B.S. with honors, 1985
  • University of Florida, J.D., 1988

Core Practice Areas

  • AHCA proceedings/litigation
  • Employment law
  • Environmental and toxic tort litigation
  • General liability and appellate advocacy
  • Medical malpractice
  • Subrogation
  • Workers’ compensation

Legal Experience

  • 1989-91, Assistant Public Defender,  Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Orlando, Florida
  • 1991-present, Shareholder, Telan, Meltz, Wallace & Eide, P.A., Maitland, Florida

Key Presentations

  • “Anatomy of Products Liability & Spoliation of Evidence”, Travelers, Orlando, FL (2010)
  • “HR Reminder – A Brief Survey of Legal Compliance”, Akimeka Technology, Inc.
  • (Webinar format) (2009)
  • “The Workers’ Compensation Grand Slam! Hitting the Ball Out of the Park with a Solid Subrogation Claim”, Avizent/Frank Gates, Lake Mary, FL (2009) & Beverly Enterprises
  • (Ft. Smith AK) (2009)

Admissions, Membership and Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • American Bar Association
  • Workers’ Compensation Section
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Workers’ Compensation Section
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Florida Association of Police Attorneys

Honors and Awards

  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Listed in Law and Leading Attorneys (1996/1997)
  • AA Degree with High Honors
  • BS Degree with Honors

Community Service

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Delaney Park Little League