Ericka H. Spears

Staff Attorney

Cincinnati
T 513.852.2638  |  F 513.929.0303

Ericka Spears is a member of the BakerHostetler team serving as court-appointed counsel to the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA) Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS), an unprecedented recovery effort involving hundreds of actions. She also assists in day-to-day employment law counseling.

During law school, Ericka was an Associate Member and Citations Editor for the University of Cincinnati Law Review, in which her article, “Strangers with Our Faces: How the Communications Decency Act Can Prevent Right of Publicity Stunts,” University of Cincinnati Law Review, 2011 (79 U. Cin. L. Rev. 409) was published. She was also a student blogger for the University of Cincinnati College of Law website.

Select Experience

  • Working on cases in active discovery and document review to prepare evidence supporting the SIPA Trustee's claims against defendants, and is also working to respond to document requests from defendants.
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Experience

  • Working on cases in active discovery and document review to prepare evidence supporting the SIPA Trustee's claims against defendants, and is also working to respond to document requests from defendants.
  • Actively involved in defense of employment discrimination cases, including in the media and hospitality industries. Assists with discovery and motion practice, including assisting with a successful motion to dismiss in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
  • Assists in responding to Charges of Discrimination and day-to-day employment law counseling across multiple states, including cases involving disability discrimination, sex discrimination, harassment, race discrimination, and pay practices.

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati
    • Communications Officer
    • Membership Committee Chair

News

Community

  • University of Cincinnati Law Review Mentoring Program: Mentor

Services

Prior Positions

  • Kroger Company: Law Clerk (2010 to 2011)

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2012
  • Ohio, 2011

Education

  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2011, magna cum laude
  • B.S.B.A., Marketing, The Ohio State University, 2008, magna cum laude, with honors

Blog

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Employment Class Action Blog
California Supreme Court Tells Employers to Sit a Spell While Courts Review Individual Factors for Suitable Seating
April 27, 2016
“Shut the door. Have a seat.” The phrase immediately conjures emotions from the recipient. Most likely, life-changing (typically bad) news is about to be imparted. For Mad Men fans, it harkens to the third-season finale when the partners...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Collado v. J & G Transport, Inc. – When a Waived Right to Arbitrate is Revived
By John B. Lewis
April 26, 2016
Some may have thought that once waived, the right to arbitrate is gone forever. No so! The Eleventh Circuit decision in Collado v. J & G Transport, Inc., No. 15-14635 (11th Cir. April 21, 2016) is but the latest example. In that case...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Statistics in Wage and Hour Class Actions: Has Anything Really Changed?
April 25, 2016
The probability is “not really” Statistics are kind of a holy grail of class action litigation. Everyone seems to know that they exist, but their understanding is shadowy and the quest to find valid statistical models often proves elusive...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Sixth Circuit Adopts Bright Line Test for CAFA Removals
April 7, 2016
Eyeglass case provides focus for employment class action removals Congress enacted the Class Action Fairness Act, better known as “CAFA,” to address some of the well-documented abuses of class action litigation. Among CAFA’s important...
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Employment Class Action Blog
New York District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Employer in Gawker Intern Case
April 5, 2016
Litigation Over Interns Dries Up Internship Opportunities The natural and probable consequence of litigation over unpaid internships was that such opportunities would disappear because the risk of litigation for even a legitimate program...
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