Maslon is pleased to announce that Erica Holzer, attorney in Maslon's Litigation Group, has been named as a 2020 Business of Pride honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. This is the third year for the Business of Pride awards, which recognize outstanding LGBTQ business leaders, allies, and advocates in the Twin Cities metro area who are making a difference in advancing equality in the business world and community as well as demonstrating their own professional successes.
Erica is a steadfast force in the LGBTQ+ community as well as a leader across the legal profession and marketplace. Her career achievements have been significant, earning her frequent recognition.
Erica represents clients in complex commercial disputes primarily in the areas of tort and product liability, consumer fraud, business torts, and breach of contract actions. Her 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. Erica's professional achievements are best demonstrated by her clients, who have compared her work to that of a "seasoned partner" sharing that, along with being their trusted legal advisor, she is a valuable business partner. Her strategic instincts, exceptional writing abilities, and specialized experience have secured key wins for clients in the public and private sector.
In 2018, she was singularly recognized as the Outstanding New Attorney of the Year by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), an honor given to one lawyer in their first six years of practice or under the age of 36 who has shown outstanding dedication to the MSBA, pro bono work, community service, advancing diversity, and professional achievement. Erica received this recognition for her outstanding work and deep commitment to advancing equality and justice—for the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized and underrepresented communities—and has served in a wide range of capacities to do so. Erica has also been named a 2019 Rising Star by Super Lawyers® and an Up and Coming Attorney by Minnesota Lawyer.
Erica's commitment to LGBTQ+ equality began before she became a lawyer and fueled her focus in law school, where she was recognized with the Minnesota Lavender Bar Association's (MLBA's) Student Leadership Award for her efforts to advance equality and justice for the LGBTQ+ community in Minnesota and nationally. At Maslon, Erica is a member of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee, tasked with promoting diversity and inclusion at Maslon and in the community overall. Erica is also a founding member of Maslon's Diverse Attorneys Resource Group, a group of attorneys of color and LGBTQ+ attorneys, providing resources, mentoring, support, and engagement opportunities to diverse attorneys at Maslon.
Along with striving for equality in the LGBTQ+ community, Erica is deeply committed to serving marginalized clients through pro bono work. She regularly devotes several hundred hours each year to pro bono work on behalf of the Innocence Project of Minnesota, individual pro bono clients, and the MSBA. Her pro bono work includes representation of a gay man from El Salvador seeking asylum in the United States through The Advocates for Human Rights. She also served as co-counsel to the ACLU-MN in its lawsuit and appeal to force the release of the squad camera videos following the police killing of Philando Castile in July 2016.
Erica and her wife live in Minneapolis, where they enjoy spending time with their two young children, growing vegetables in their neighborhood community garden, and biking around local trails as a family.
To read the announcement, go to: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, "2020 Business of Pride Honorees."