"Land is vitally important to people. I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction out of clarifying the complicated rules governing a project and helping people understand how they apply and what they mean. I want to put them in a position of strength so that they have the tools to make smart choices. "
Erica's passion is to help people facing uncertainty to understand the rules of the game, make a plan, and manage risk so that they can get on with their lives. She works with her clients to understand their problems, goals, and the non-legal issues influencing their cases. She combines practical advice with patient, determined advocacy to ensure that her clients know what is happening every step of the way.
Erica's practice focuses on environmental issues and related litigation, advising businesses and individuals on permitting, regulatory compliance, insurance coverage, cost allocation, and cost recovery. She advises individuals and business owners on issues related to managing dangerous waste, land use and development permitting, cannabis permitting, and neighbor disputes.
Her work has included guiding generators and recyclers through regulatory compliance issues; assisting corporate clients with storm water permitting and management; helping developers and business owners obtain land use permits; and assisting businesses and homeowners in litigation and alternative dispute resolution related to environmental contamination and property disputes.
In addition to being a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Erica serves on the boards of the Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center, the South Sound Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, YWCA Pierce County, and the Pierce County chapter of Washington Women Lawyers. Erica has spoken on land use and environmental issues at several seminars and conferences.
When not helping her clients, Erica enjoys spending time with her family, running, cooking, camping, and exploring the natural beauty that Washington has to offer.