Practice Overview

Erika assists businesses with contract, environmental, and employment disputes in state and federal court. She offers a wide array of services that help individuals and businesses wade through the various legal challenges arising from crop-production, real-property use and ownership, contracts, and employment disputes. Erika’s experience as a federal district court staff attorney for over a decade enables her to help clients strategize effective solutions to their legal challenges. 


  • Washington (2002)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington (2007)


  • University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, technical editor, Idaho Law Review (2002)
  • Washington State University, B.S., Agricultural Economics, summa cum laude (1998)

Recognition & Honors

  • University of Idaho College of Law Legal Achievement Award
  • University of Idaho Alumni Association Award for Excellence
  • All-USA TODAY College Academic Team, Honorable Mention
  • WSU President's Leadership Award
  • WSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Aggie of the Year
  • WSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Junior of the Year
  • WSU College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Freshman of the Year 

Representative Work

  • Obtained dismissal of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discrimination complaint for agricultural-business client.
  • Obtained dismissal of breach-of-contract lawsuit for agricultural business.
  • Negotiated settlement in a Clean Water Act lawsuit brought by an environmental group against a manufacturing business, and renegotiated lease terms with the landlord to assist with implementing the settlement terms.
  • Obtained a favorable county administrative decision for an agricultural client relating to its challenged land use petition.
  • Obtained a favorable result for homeowner in action against general contractor for defective construction.
  • Counseled employers on employment matters, including drafting employment handbooks.
  • Represented property owners in a Clean Water Action lawsuit brought by neighbor.
  • Counseled business to address soil-contamination on property.
  • Defended employer in action by former employee alleging retaliation.
  • Assisted financial-industry clients in recovering on defaulted home and vehicle loans, including filing motions to show cause and conducting trustee’s sales.
  • Drafted contracts for agricultural non-profit organization.
  • Analyzed litigation risk relating to a large commercial construction project.

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, "The Adverse Effect Wage Rate for H-2A Workers Increases Again in Washington," blog post, Stokes Law Briefs (January 2018)
  • Presenter, "I-1433 Paid Sick Leave," Prosser Chamber of Commerce (December 2017)
  • Co-Author with Sarah Wixson, "Paid Sick Leave: 9 Things Every Washington Employer Needs to Know (Including Agricultural Employers)," blog post, Stokes Law Briefs (December 2017)
  • Author, "How Washington’s Paid Sick Leave Law, Initiative 1433, Impacts Your Business," blog post, Stokes Law Briefs (October 2017)
  • Presenter, "Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) — Who, what, when, where?" WAFLA webinar (June 2017)
  • Moderator, "Ask the Federal Judges Panel," Benton-Franklin County Bar Association's Federal Civil Trial Practice Seminar (May 2016 and 2017)
  • Presenter, "Judge's Bad Haircut Leads to Shearing of Attorney's Fee," Benton-Franklin County Bar Association's Federal Civil Trial Practice Seminar (May 2015)
  • Presenter, "Ethical Considerations When Filing an Attorney-Fee Motion," (May 2014)
  • Presenter, "RULE-volution: Changes to Local Rules and Federal Rules," Benton-Franklin County Bar Association's Federal Civil Trial Practice Seminar (May 2013)
  • Presenter, "Oh Where, Oh Where Should this Lawsuit Proceed?" Eastern District of Washington Federal Bar Association District Conference (September 2012)
  • Author, "Federal & Pacific Northwest State Water Laws Pertaining to Dairies," 37 Idaho L. Rev. 681 (2001)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative for the Eastern District of Washington (2017 - 2020)
  • Board Member, Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center (2017)
  • Co-Chair, Benton-Franklin County Bar Association, Federal Civil Trial Practice Seminar Planning Committee (2017)
  • Past President and Member, YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities (2015 - 2017)
  • Member, Prosser Boys and Girls Club, Planning Committee for Festival of Trees (2017)
  • Member, Stokes Lawrence Marketing Committee
  • Volunteer coach for youth athletics
  • Past Volunteer, Christ the King Catholic Church religious education (2012 - 2016)

Background & Interests

Prior to joining Stokes Lawrence, Erika was a Staff Attorney to the Hon. Edward Shea with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington for 14 years. She was also a team member for the Richland Sobriety Treatment and Education Program (STEP) and the Eastern District of Washington’s Civil Pro Se Committee. Erika enjoys camping, gardening, skiing, and family activities with her husband and two children.