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.

At 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 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

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati
    • Communications Officer
    • Membership Committee Chair

News

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
  • Ohio

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
Here’s a Tip for You, Jack – Fifth Circuit Upholds Ruling on Restaurant Credit Card Offset
June 23, 2016
Life is filled with risky decisions. Should you take that new job? Should you put in an offer on that house that is just out of your price range? Should you really eat that last piece of cake when you’ve already had two? Companies make big...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Court Grants Summary Judgment for Employer in California Class Action Vacation Pay Case
June 15, 2016
Underlying claim premised on PowerPoint slide invalid Most California employers know that California treats vacation pay largely as a vested benefit that cannot ordinarily be “forfeited.” In common parlance, the state prohibits “use it or...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Sixth Circuit Rejects Class Action Settlement With Key Documents Under Seal
June 7, 2016
All’s not fair in secretive class-action settlements. If class actions are the exception (see Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes), then class-action settlements are a reflection of that exception. Specifically, the secrecy that might otherwise...
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Employment Class Action Blog
Eighth Circuit Stays the Course in the Cellular Sales of Missouri Opinion, Rejecting the NLRB’s Arguments Against Class Waivers
June 6, 2016
Following in the wake of an earlier opinion, the Eighth Circuit rebutted the National Labor Relations Board’s (“Board”) arguments that by requiring employees to enter into arbitration agreements with a class and collective action waiver...
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Employment Class Action Blog
District Court Denies Conditional Certification of Off-the-Clock Case Despite Bad Emails
June 3, 2016
“As far as overtime, you (like I) can only bill a 40hr work week even though we put in like 60hrs at times.” This isn’t exactly the email you want to see if you are defending an off-the-clock wage and hour claim, but it was one of several...
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