Overview

Erica serves as regional and national employment counsel to large and medium-sized companies throughout the United States, primarily in the hospitality, retail and manufacturing sectors, as well as hospitals and physician's groups. Erica defends clients from claims of alleged racial, age, national origin, disability and religious discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation; testing and public accommodations; wage and hour disputes; and restrictive covenants disputes brought under state and federal law. She has extensive experience successfully defending enforcement actions brought by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging single-plaintiff or pattern-and-practice violations of federal anti-discrimination laws, as well as private Rule 23 class actions and Section 216(b) collective-actions brought under Title VII, ADEA, ADA, Equal Pay Act and the FLSA, and lawsuits brought against franchisors and professional employer organizations (PEOs) under a "joint employer" or "integrated enterprise" theory of liability.

In addition to assisting clients in litigation, Erica also advises employers on litigation avoidance techniques and compliance issues, including drafting and implementing employment policies, processes and training; advising on single-employee or large scale terminations, and implementing and assessing risk related to reductions-in-force; conducting internal investigations into alleged unethical or unlawful conduct; comprehensive employment practices audits; and drafting employment contracts, confidentiality and restrictive covenant agreements. Erica also trains clients on EEO, diversity and inclusion, implicit bias, respectful workplace norms, leadership skills training and a number of other employment-related issues.

Honors & Recognitions

  • 40 Under 40, Hispanic National Bar Association (2016)
  • 40 Under 40: Georgia's Best & Brightest, Georgia Trend magazine (2012)
  • Barry W. Ford Diversity Award (2014)
  • Best Lawyers in America® (2016-2018)
  • Community Service Award, Phenomenal Women's Health, Inc. (2012)
  • Fulton County Daily Report's "New Partners Edition" (2012)
  • Georgia Legal Elite, Georgia Trend magazine (2012)
  • Rising Star, Georgia Super Lawyers® (2010-2017)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Hispanic National Bar Association
    • President (2017-2018)
    • President Elect (2016-2017)
    • Latina Commission Co-Chair (2014-2016)
    • National Finance Director (2013-2014)
    • Collaborative Leadership Bar Academy (2013)
  • American Bar Association
    • ABA Advisory Panel
    • ABA Law Practice Management Section,
    • ABA Women's Rainmakers and
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Bar Associations
  • Covenant House, Volunteer (2010-2012)
  • Grow Kids, Inc., Chair, Board of Directors (2011-present)
  • Phenomenal Women's Health, Volunteer (2011-present)
  • Women's Food Service Forum

About Me

When she is not working, Erica spends time with family, mentors several high school and law school students, and volunteers with a number of non-profit organizations aimed at bettering the lives of women and children in Georgia.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Moving Diversity Forward: A Collaborative Effort,” panel presentation for the National Association of Women Lawyers Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, July 2017
  • “A Guided Conversation on Value, Money, and Fundraising,” panel presentation for the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy, July 2017
  • “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
  • Marianne Williamson

Education

University of Pennsylvania Law School

  • J.D., 2004

Georgia State University

  • B.B.A., cum laude, 2000

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Georgia (all state courts), 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Practiced pro hac vice in federal district courts and/or defended EEOC investigations in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
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