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

In The Blogs

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Employment Class Action Blog
Employer Loses WARN Affirmative Defenses In Class Action Due To Insufficient Description In Notice
April 16, 2014
“The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword…And Verbal Communications During Company-Wide Employee Meetings.” Things seem to be going from bad to worse for defunct law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. As criminal charges continue to loom for some former...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Russell v. Citigroup Inc. – Language in Revised Arbitration Agreement Torpedoes its Application to Pending Class Action
April 15, 2014
A Sixth Circuit panel found the text of an updated arbitration agreement indicated it did not apply to a wage and hour class action already pending when the agreement was signed.  Russell v. Citigroup, Inc., Case No. 13-5994 (6th Cir...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Sixth Circuit Rejects EEOC’s Expert Evidence In Proposed Pattern Or Practice Class Action Litigation
April 14, 2014
The EEOC learns what it’s like to be the statue and not the pigeon. The EEOC can’t seem to catch a break these days. After a string of recent cases in which the agency has been forced to pay employer attorneys’ fees for bringing frivolous...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Fourth Circuit Affirms Sanctions Against the EEOC In Action Fraught with Delays
April 7, 2014
Many employers who have dealt with the EEOC in large cases suffer frustration over inexplicable delays combined with at times unreasonable requests for information and/or relief.  In a recent case from the Fourth Circuit, that kind of...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Enforce Post-Suit Arbitration Agreements Based upon Employer Misconduct
April 4, 2014
The British have a phrase “too clever by half” to describe complex schemes that ultimately won’t work. We all know from cases such as Concepcion, Stolt-Nielsen, Italian Colors, and their progeny that arbitration agreements are far more...
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