Erika J. Lindberg

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Counsel

Houston
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Overview

Erika Lindberg focuses her practice on commercial litigation and maritime law. Having been a former U.S. Coast Guard officer and qualified deck watch officer, her at-sea and shoreside experiences give her a practical understanding of the legal challenges faced by the maritime industry. Erika also provides advice and counsel to employers on best practices for preventing employment claims and avoiding employment-related litigation. 

While in law school, Erika was an oralist for the Boston College Jessup International Law Moot Court team and a student attorney at the Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau, where she represented low-income clients in family law, landlord-tenant and consumer protection cases.

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  • Provides advice and counsel to commercial and maritime clients on the licensing and use of passenger and commercial vessels pursuant to the Jones Act, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Maritime Administration regulations, including providing analysis and counsel for potential mergers and acquisitions as well as ongoing compliance obligations.
  • Advised waterfront commercial clients and marinas on the Jones Act and Coast Guard regulations regarding the licensing and use of passenger and commercial vessels.
  • Represent, counsel and advise maritime employers on employment law issues, including compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime provisions, Jones Act, the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and associated regulations.
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Experience

  • Provides advice and counsel to commercial and maritime clients on the licensing and use of passenger and commercial vessels pursuant to the Jones Act, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Maritime Administration regulations, including providing analysis and counsel for potential mergers and acquisitions as well as ongoing compliance obligations.
  • Advised waterfront commercial clients and marinas on the Jones Act and Coast Guard regulations regarding the licensing and use of passenger and commercial vessels.
  • Represent, counsel and advise maritime employers on employment law issues, including compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime provisions, Jones Act, the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and associated regulations.
  • Represented a client on a claim for damages to a vessel caused when a load of wind tower sections broke loose in heavy weather.
  • Provides advice and counsel to companies operating in the U.S. offshore wind industry on applicable state and federal general maritime law and related contractual issues for United States offshore wind development projects.
  • Part of a multi-office team organizing and supervising discovery for a healthcare company involved in nationwide litigation, comprising hundreds of cases through the United States as well as federal and state multi-district litigation proceedings.
  • Assisted in the representation of a top-five national lending and servicing institution in the defense of mortgage foreclosure lawsuits, managed the case dockets and drafted motions for filing in federal and state courts.
  • Advised an international nonprofit charitable organization, created internal contract review policies and guidelines to streamline and provide uniformity for a client’s internal contract review process and provided organization-wide training to implement the new procedures and guidelines.
  • Assisted in the representation of a community-based health care network in employment litigation matters, including the defense of hostile work environment, discrimination, wrongful termination and retaliation claims.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Rhode Island Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2013)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States: Associate Member
  • Women's International Shipping and Trading Organization
  • Institute for Energy Law: Advisory Board

Pro Bono

  • Represented a left-behind mother seeking the return of her child pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Was part of the team that negotiated a settlement on the mother’s behalf.
  • Represented victims of serious crimes applying for nonimmigrant status (U-visas) pursuant to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Has conducted employment practices audits for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and provided advice and counsel on best practices, as well as recommendations to the organizations’ boards of directors. 

Prior Positions

  • International Am Law 100 Law Firm in Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island: Litigation Associate (2010 to 2013)
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable Arthur N. Votolato, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Rhode Island (2009 to 2010)
  • Law Clerk for the Honorable William P. Robinson III, Rhode Island Supreme Court (2008 to 2009)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • Texas
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2008, cum laude
  • B.S., United States Coast Guard Academy, 2001