Erich Eiselt

Erich Eiselt

Deputy General Counsel and Director of Legal Advocacy, International Municipal Lawyers Association


Erich Eiselt is IMLA’s Deputy General Counsel and Director of Legal Advocacy. In that role he reviews appellate cases for potential IMLA amicus support and collaborates with authors in developing arguments and information of value to the court which will advance local government interests.  He has authored and contributed to the writing of numerous IMLA amicus briefs filed in courts around the country and speaks regularly on Supreme Court issues.

In addition to his Legal Advocacy service, Erich heads IMLA’s Affirmative Litigation Group, which serves as a focal point for IMLA members confronting harm to their communities, from public nuisance to consumer fraud, false claims, environmental threats, and beyond.  Erich has presented on a range of  affirmative litigation matters to various state legal associations, the National League of Cities, and other organizations.

Erich also serves as editor of IMLA’s flagship publication, Municipal Lawyer. He has written features on a spectrum of topics affecting local government including opioids, public nuisance, sanctuary cities, PFAS, fracking, short term rentals, music licensing, drones, legislative prayer, public duty, online travel companies, and others.

Erich comes to his position with significant experience managing attorney teams and advising both large and entrepreneurial entities on legal and financial matters. He began his career with Anderson Russell Kill & Olick in New York City and six years later moved to assume the Chief Legal Officer role at a New York-based international information company. He has headed various venture-funded entrepreneurial firms and serves as Board Chair of Jubilee Jobs, Inc., a Washington DC nonprofit that has placed more than 27,000 people in entry-level employment since 1983.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law, and is admitted to the Bar of New York, the Sixth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.