Erik J. Girvan practiced complex commercial litigation at Faegre & Benson LLP (now Faegre Baker Daniels LLP) for seven years. During that time, he litigated over 100 cases involving consumer protection statutes, financial services contracts, business torts, corporate governance, and insurance coverage in jurisdictions ranging from California State Court to Delaware Chancery Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2008, he was recognized as one of the top 2.5% of young Minnesota lawyers.
Professor Girvan earned his Ph.D. (Social and Political Psychology) at the University of Minnesota, J.D. at Harvard Law School, and B.A. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. While in law school he served as an editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, a mediator and advanced training director for the Harvard Mediation Program, and a student advocate representing low-income clients in housing court.
Professor Girvan's research investigates how social stereotypes impact decisions in the legal system and explores ways to reduce or eliminate those effects. In addition, he works to develop strategies for using the insights, methods, and findings of social science to address problems of legal policy, doctrine, and procedure. He teaches Civil Procedure; Remedies; and Race, Gender, Bias and Law.