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

  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati
    • Corresponding Secretary
    • Banquet and Constitution & Bylaws Committees

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
Another Federal Court Decertifies FLSA Collective Action of Hospital Workers Challenging Auto-Deduct Policy
October 16, 2014
We have previously discussed that, while medical providers have become a common target of plaintiffs asserting wage and hour claims arising out of so-called “auto-deduct” policies, more and more courts are realizing that the inherently...
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Employment Class Action Blog
California District Court Finds Bankrupt Named Plaintiffs Not Adequate Representatives
October 15, 2014
Anyone questioning whether the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), has had an impact need look no further than the decision in Alakozai v. Chase Investment Services Corp., Case No. CV...
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Employment Class Action Blog
District Judge Allows Rail Union to Side Step Rule 23 with Pattern-Or-Practice Claim
October 14, 2014
A federal district judge in Hammond, Indiana, has permitted a rail union to pursue injunctive remedies in a Title VII pattern-or-practice discrimination claim on behalf of its black members without compliance with Rule 23.  In Brotherhood...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Conservative Kansas Joins the Liberal Ninth Circuit in Rejecting the Independent Contractor Classification of Delivery Drivers
By Todd H. Lebowitz
October 13, 2014
Last month we blogged about two Ninth Circuit opinions that deemed FedEx Ground drivers to be employees rather than independent contractors under California and Oregon law.  Last week the Kansas Supreme Court joined them, applying Kansas...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Seventh Circuit Rejects Attorney Fee Award Premised on Administrative Costs
October 7, 2014
As we’ve commented before, class actions frequently take on a life of their own. They involve large sums of money, frequently raise difficult discovery and case management issues, and are subject to surprises for all the litigants. At the...
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