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
U.S. Supreme Court Eases CAFA Removals
December 16, 2014
Congress passed the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) in 2005, in response to perceived (in fact real) concerns regarding potential abuses of the class action process. Among CAFA’s important provisions was the right to remove a case to...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Unanimous Supreme Court Finds Security Screening Time NOT Compensable
December 9, 2014
Security screening has become more common over the past decade, both to promote security for some employers and to deter employee theft for others. A growing issue in wage and hour law, at least until this morning, was whether the time...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Nevada Supreme Court Finds Class of Strippers Were Employees
December 3, 2014
Given the extensive use of euphemisms in the exotic dancing trade, we’ll apologize in advance for any unintended puns. We’ve written on the issue of the classification of exotic dancers or strippers in the past [April 8, 2011, October 19...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Sixth Circuit Remands Memphis Title VII Disparate Impact Case, Yet Again
November 26, 2014
It’s hard not to feel sorry for the residents of Memphis, Tennessee.  Depending on which source you consult, its violent crime rate hovers between three and four times the national average, and various publications describe it as one of...
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Employment Class Action Blog
California Appellate Court Rejects Class Action Settlement Due to Excessive Attorney Fees
November 19, 2014
Pigs get fat and hogs get slaughtered, so the saying goes. As we’ve noted before on Oct. 7, June 5, and Dec. 18, courts are starting to examine attorney fee awards in class action settlements much more closely, and the results often aren’t...
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