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Erica Holzer Selected as a 2021 "Best LGBTQ+ Lawyer Under 40" by the National LGBT Bar Association

March 10, 2021

Maslon is pleased to announce that Erica Holzer, partner in the firm's Litigation Group, has been selected as a 2021 "Best LGBTQ+ Lawyer Under 40" Award winner by the National LGBT Bar Association. Each year, the National LGBT Bar recognizes 40 LGBTQ+ legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBTQ+ equality. Erica's selection is further distinguished by what the Bar describes as a "highly competitive year" with many qualified candidates. Honorees will be recognized at the 2021 Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair.

Erica is a steadfast force for LGBTQ+ equality as well as a leader in both the legal profession and business community. Her achievements across all 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 clients regularly comment that they view her not only as a sophisticated lawyer and trusted legal advisor, but also as 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 annually 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 Student Leadership Award for her efforts to advance equality and justice for the LGBTQ+ community in Minnesota and nationally. 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. As a result of her steadfast service, Erica was named by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as a 2020 "Business of Pride" Honoree.

To learn more, go to: Best 40 LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40.

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