Erica specializes in defending people who have been harmed online. She represents plaintiffs seeking to take down or block the publication or republication of unlawful content about themselves or their business. She litigates online issues regarding harassment, the right to privacy, identity theft and impersonation, and defamation. She also advises clients proactively on steps that may be taken to reclaim their reputations in the Age of search. Erica educates the public and lawmakers on these issues, and is on the cutting edge in using the legal system to identify and confront this new class of harms.
Erica is licensed to practice law in states of New York and California. Before founding Ridder, Costa & Johnstone LLP, Erica was a litigation associate at Hinshaw & Culbertson, and has also worked for an independent film producer in Los Angeles, California, and covered local music for MTV. Erica graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law and also attended Duke University, where she received an undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies.
Speaking and Teaching Engagements
Erica writes as a social media columnist for California Lawyer magazine. She has been interviewed in media broadcasts and articles, including, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer, USA TODAY, the San Francisco Chronicle, ZDNet, The Daily Record, Marie Claire magazine, This Week in Law, The Conversation, and Capital City Recap 1320 WILS-AM. She participated on the MLRC/Stanford Legal Frontiers in Digital Media panel, Social Responsibility on the Internet: Are New Digital Media Doing Enough to Protect Speech? She is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Without My Consent, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit seeking to combat online invasions of personal privacy.