Erika's practice focuses on estate planning, including advanced estate planning for large estates, trust administration, probate, real estate transactions, and small business formation and governance. Erika routinely helps clients draft wills and trusts, powers of attorney and health care directives, real estate purchase agreements and contracts for deeds, bylaws and operating agreements for small business, buy-sell agreements, and other inter-family and small business agreements. Her practice includes counseling families and small businesses on income and estate tax strategies. Erika also counsels families about long-term care planning and elder law.
Erika graduated from St. Olaf College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. During law school Erika served as Publications Editor for the University of St. Thomas Law Journal.
Prior to joining the firm, Erika was a Business Litigation Associate at one of the largest and oldest firms in Minneapolis, where her practice focused on real estate and business litigation. In this capacity, Erika routinely represented Fortune 500 clients including 3M and Target; national banking associations U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo; and local housing non-profits and the City of Minneapolis. Where needed, Erika continues to assist clients with business and real estate disputes. Erika is admitted in Minnesota, and the Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota, and is a member of the Minnesota Bar Association.
Erika has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas Elder Law Clinic and on the St. Paul Senior Worker's Board. In her free time, Erika enjoys writing fiction, singing, cooking, jogging, boating, world—wide travel (20 counties and counting), redecorating, and spending time with friends and with husband, Patrick, and their young son.