Erika N. L. Harold

Our lives are defined, not by the titles we earn, but rather by the service we render, and at each point in my life I've sought to serve.
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Erika Harold has broad civil litigation and dispute resolution experience, representing clients in disputes involving commercial contracts, shareholder agreements, construction projects, and trust and estate administration. She also advises non-profit clients in matters involving statutory and constitutional interpretation. Erika was selected to the 2017 Emerging Lawyers list, earning recognition in the categories of commercial litigation and civil rights/constitutional law. She also was part of the teaching faculty for Harvard Law School’s 2017 and 2018 Trial Advocacy Workshops.

 

Erika graduated from Harvard Law School, where she won a Boykin C. Wright Memorial Award for appellate advocacy in Harvard Law School’s Ames Moot Court Competition. She funded her legal education through the scholarships and appearance fees she earned as MissAmerica 2003. Erika received her A.B. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and as a Chancellor's Scholar.

 

Erika serves as a Commissioner on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, where she works to promote civility, professionalism and integrity in Illinois’ legal profession. Additionally, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Erika to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Equality.

 

Erika is licensed to practice in Illinois and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. Prior to joining Meyer Capel, Erika practiced law in Chicago in the litigation groups of Sidley Austin LLP and Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella.

 

In addition to her legal practice, Erika devotes significant time to various civic and philanthropic endeavors. She is a member of the board of directors of Prison Fellowship, the nation’s largest outreach to inmates and their families. Erika also serves as a member of Trinity International University’s board of regents. Additionally, Erika is a nationally recognized advocate of bullying prevention efforts, and has spoken to more than 100,000 students about combating peer-to-peer harassment. In recognition of her advocacy, Erika was named one of Fight Crime, Invest in Kids’ "Champions for Children" and received a leadership award from the National Center for Victims of Crime.

 

Erika was the 2018 Republican nominee for Illinois Attorney General, receiving more votes than any other Illinois Republican running for office in 2018, outperforming the top of the ticket by nearly 200,000 votes. Erika also is a keynote speaker at conferences and events focused on civic engagement, leadership, faith, civility, and empowering young people.