Attorney Eric L. Dirks serves as Of Counsel at Simmons Hanly Conroy as part of the firm’s prescription opioid litigation team.

Eric is routinely recognized by “Best of the Bar” and “Super Lawyers” as one of the top attorneys in Missouri and Kansas. Eric is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. He is also active in his community. For example, in July 2015, Governor Jay Nixon appointed Eric to the Missouri Ethics Commission. The Missouri Senate confirmed Eric to the Commission in 2016. The Missouri Ethics Commission serves the public interest by promoting and maintaining transparency, accountability and compliance with campaign finance, lobbying and conflict of interest laws.

Eric has represented individuals and classes nationwide and obtained relief for clients totaling over $75 million, including settlements against companies such as Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Eric has also helped recover millions of dollars for clients injured by the negligence of others.

Eric’s success as a contingency lawyer was no accident — he worked hard to become such an accomplished professional. He attended the University of Iowa for law school where he received his J.D., with high distinction and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Eric received his B.A. in English from the University of Kansas in 1999.

Before college, Eric enlisted in the United States Army Reserves where he was a combat medic and went on to obtain the rank of Sergeant. He takes the discipline, professionalism, and respect for others he learned in the military with him whenever he goes to court — contingency fee cases are no exception.

Practice Areas:

  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Personal Injury

Bar and Court Admissions:

  • Missouri, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, J.D.
  • Honors: High Distinction
  • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • University of Kansas, B.A.