Erica E. Flores

Erica E. Flores
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From the moment Erica Flores learned how to read, she wanted to be a writer. Growing up in the golden hills of Northern California, she would sit under the live oak trees and devour any book she could get her hands on. This love of reading and writing led Erica to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she earned a degree in print journalism. But after landing her first job as a reporter for a local newspaper, Erica quickly realized that she wanted to do more as a writer than report the news – she wanted to analyze and persuade and achieve something. So after just over a year, Erica enrolled in law school at the University of Pennsylvania. She knew right away that she made the right decision.

In the twelve years since she earned her law degree, Erica has represented clients big and small, in cases big and small, in places big and small. But after moving to Western Massachusetts with her wife in 2013, she has had the privilege of living and working among the many businesses she advises and defends every day, and she is honored to be able to call them not just her clients, but respected colleagues and even friends. Erica has successfully defended Massachusetts employers in single-plaintiff and class action discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation, wage and hour disputes, and whistleblower and contract matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. She also regularly advises clients on day-to-day employment issues, including employment policies, internal investigations and discipline, and litigation avoidance. Erica is a regular contributor to the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter and a member of the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. She is also an amateur photographer, an avid home gardener, and a proud new mom.

  • Admitted

    • New York, 2006
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 2007
    • New Jersey, 2009
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2009
    • Pennsylvania, 2009
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2009
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2011
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2011
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2012
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2012
    • Massachusetts, 2014
    • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2014
  • Affiliations

    • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
    • Member, Hampden County Bar Association
  • Education

    • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2005
    • B.S., University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 2001
  • Noteworthy

    • Member, Board of Directors, The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, 2016-present
    • Clerk to the Honorable Russell M. Nigro, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 2005-2006
  • Published Works

    • Passing on disabled candidates for safety reasons is risky businessMassachusetts Employment Law Letter, December 2015, and Diversity Insight, December 2015
    • Political affiliation discrimination: What is your risk?, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, November 2015
    • Collies in the cubicle? Exploring pros and cons of pets at work, HR Hero Line, November 2015
    • You better check yourself before you wreck yourself, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, September 2015
    • Navigating FMLA paperwork: what to do to stay compliant, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, July 2015
    • Danger! Be careful with pre-employment medical exams, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, November 2014
    • New law grants leave to victims of domestic violence, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, October 2014
    • Why should a consumer class action lawsuit matter to Massachusetts employers?, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, June 2014
    • Don’t forget the ‘reasonable’ in reasonable accommodations, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, March 2014
    • Ignore employees’ complaints at your own peril…, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, February 2014
    • Dodd-Frank Act protects broad class of whistleblowers, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, January 2014
    • Another bite at the apple? Ch. 258E may apply in the workplace, Massachusetts Employment Law Letter, December 2013
    • Report of the Fiduciary Responsibility Subcommittee of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Employee Benefits Committee (2012)
    • Noncompete Jurisprudence During The Recession, Law360 (2010)
    • “People Not Places:” The Fiction of Consent, The Force of the Public Interest, and the Fallacy of Objectivity in Police Encounters with Passengers During Traffic Stops, 7 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law 1071 (2005)