Erica focuses her practice on environmental matters. Prior to joining Taft, she served as deputy general counsel for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) in Washington, D.C., where she worked to advance NACWA’s legal and regulatory advocacy on behalf of publicly owned wastewater and stormwater utilities nationwide.
Erica has significant experience representing clients on Clean Water Act matters, and has worked extensively with municipalities on clean water legal and regulatory issues. Her work includes counseling clients on NPDES permitting, compliance and appeals; stormwater permitting; and enforcement defense. She has also represented state and national associations as amici curiae in cases involving the Clean Water Act in the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.
In addition to her clean water expertise, Erica also represents clients on a wide array of environmental matters. She assists clients with permitting and compliance involving a variety of media and statutes, including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Recovery Act (RCRA), Federal Insecticide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), among other federal, state and local environmental laws. Erica also has extensive experience with Brownfields laws and regulations, and works with clients to remediate properties contaminated by long histories of industrial use under CERCLA and state laws, including the Ohio Voluntary Action Program. She also routinely litigates environmental cases in state and federal court, including matters involving RCRA, CERCLA, and other state and federal environmental laws.
Erica also frequently collaborates with Taft’s Energy practice group related to regulatory and environmental approvals for infrastructure projects, including the development of a 200 megawatt solar-powered electric generating facility, which constituted the largest individual solar project in the State of Ohio.
Erica also served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Ohio, where she litigated Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act enforcement matters and administrative appeals, and represented Ohio EPA in alternative energy matters before the Ohio Power Siting Board and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Erica received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Franciscan University of Steubenville.
All Service Areas
- Georgetown University Law Center (2009)
- Franciscan University of Steubenville (2003)
- State - Ohio
- State - Kentucky
- Federal - U.S. Supreme Court
- Federal - Southern District of Ohio
- Federal - Eastern District of Kentucky
- Federal - Western District of Kentucky
- Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
Speeches and Publications
- Chapter: Water Rights Based on State Law, Robert Abrams and Latravia Smith, eds., Water Rights and Environmental Regulation: A Lawyer’s Guide (2018).
- Presumed Compliant? Meeting Twenty-First Century Combined Sewer Overflow Goals with (or without) the Presumptive Approach, American Bar Association, Natural Resources & Environment Volume 31, Number 4 (Spring 2017).
- Flint, Michigan: The Water Crisis We Must Not Forget, Public Sector Digest (Spring 2016).
- American Bar Association
Past Vice Chair, Social Media, Water Resources Committee (2017 - 2018)
Graduate, Leadership Development Program, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (2018)
- Ohio Water Environment Association
Member, Government-Regulatory Affairs Committee
- Cincinnati Nature Center
Member, Land Protection Committee