Erika J. Lindberg

Associate

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.

Select Experience

  • Advised waterfront commercial clients and marinas on the Jones Act and Coast Guard regulations regarding the licensing and use of passenger and commercial vessels.
  • Represented a client on a claim for damages to a vessel (a ship) caused when a load of wind tower sections broke loose in heavy weather.
  • Assisting 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.
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Experience

  • Advised waterfront commercial clients and marinas on the Jones Act and Coast Guard regulations regarding the licensing and use of passenger and commercial vessels.
  • Represented a client on a claim for damages to a vessel (a ship) caused when a load of wind tower sections broke loose in heavy weather.
  • Assisting 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.
  • Working with 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

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. 

Industries

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. 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