Erica Holzer represents clients in complex commercial disputes primarily in the areas of tort and product liability, consumer fraud, business torts, and breach of contract actions. Erica's product liability defense work spans many industries, with particular experience in FDA-approved medical devices, representing a major medical device manufacturer in federal and state courts throughout the country. She has also developed specialized experience providing advice and compliance support to government contractors and companies on public law issues, particularly state and federal open records laws, including the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and the federal Freedom of Information Act. Erica is also an experienced appellate attorney. She has authored, co-authored, and edited dozens of appellate briefs, and is frequently sought out to provide advice on appeals in the Eighth Circuit and the appellate courts of Minnesota.
Maslon clients regularly comment that they view Erica not only as a sophisticated lawyer and trusted legal advisor, but also as a valuable business partner. Her strategic instincts and exceptional writing abilities have secured key wins for clients, both at the trial level and on appeal. Erica's successes as a litigator and appellate advocate were recently recognized by the MSBA, which named her as Minnesota's "2018 Outstanding New Lawyer of the Year" and Minnesota Lawyer, which named her as one of Minnesota's "Up and Coming" Attorneys in 2018.
Along with her dedicated work for clients, Erica is committed to advancing the profession through leadership, education, mentorship, and pro bono service. She regularly devotes several hundred hours each year to pro bono work on behalf of the ACLU of Minnesota, the Innocence Project of Minnesota, individual pro bono clients, and the MSBA.
Erica was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Minnesota Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure. She also serves on the Governing Council and as Secretary and Treasurer of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section, the MSBA's Ad Hoc Judicial Elections Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society. She frequently writes and presents on topics related to appellate law and practice, including authoring a chapter in the Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual.
Before joining Maslon, Erica served as a law clerk to the Honorable Matthew E. Johnson, then Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law, where she served as the editor-in-chief of the William Mitchell Law Review. During law school, she was the recipient of the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association's Student Leadership Award and the William Mitchell "Student Award of Merit" at commencement. Prior to law school, Erica worked for several years as an account executive in a marketing firm.