Prior to joining Ward and Smith, P.A., Erica received her J.D. from The University of New Hampshire School of Law's Franklin Pierce Intellectual Property law program in 2016, a top-10 intellectual property program in the Unites States, where she was an associate editor of the IDEA: The Journal of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. While in law school, she interned with Sony Music Entertainment's Legal Affairs Department in New York, NY and completed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Law School Trademark Clinic Certification.
"Tomorrow's Leader," International Trademark Association, 2017
Practicing intellectual property law allows me to be at the intersection of creativity and structure. My desire to be in this profession stems from studying piano performance (and Spanish) in college. When I realized a career in music was not for me, I was pushed to law. I discovered lawyers could work for musicians, and working in intellectual property law is the logical continuation of that discovery. It is motivating to provide the legal structure to support the continuous creativity of businesses and individuals, and that's not to say there isn't a lot of creativity in the practice of law – there is both. I'm confident that is why I love the practice of law. It is the constant challenge, the drive to help others, and the unpredictability that motivate me.
If you really want to know me, let's talk about one of my favorite topics – international travel and understanding different religions and cultures, or on a less serious note, ask me about my cat Carnegie."
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