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 argued before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and has authored, co-authored, and edited dozens of appellate briefs. She is frequently sought out to provide advice on appeals in the Eighth Circuit and the appellate courts of Minnesota. Erica is co-author of the leading treatise on Minnesota appellate law, and authors a chapter in the Eighth Circuit Appellate Practice Manual. She also serves as a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Minnesota Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, as vice chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section, and as a board member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society.
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 have been 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." Erica was recognized by Super Lawyers® as a "Rising Star" in 2019 and 2020, and was included on the list of "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" in 2021.
Erica is deeply committed to advancing equality and justice for marginalized and underrepresented communities, regularly devoting several hundred hours each year to pro bono work on behalf of the Innocence Project of Minnesota, individual pro bono clients, the ACLU of Minnesota, and the MSBA. As a result of her significant efforts, Erica was named by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as a 2020 "Business of Pride" Honoree, as well as a 2021 "Best LGBTQ+ Lawyer Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association.
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.