Erica primarily practices in the areas of product liability, general tort and toxic tort litigation. Erica has defended individual and multi-party personal injury, wrongful death and property damage claims across the country for industrial and consumer goods manufacturers. In addition, Erica has experience defending class action claims against a medical device manufacturer. Erica’s product liability matters have involved a wide array of products, including fire protection systems, security alarm systems, surgical and other medical devices, commercial and residential boilers, and propane and natural gas. She has also handled contractual disputes and defended complex medical claims and toxic tort allegations brought under the Price Anderson Act.

Erica coordinates all aspects of litigation and has obtained favorable results for clients through motion practice and settlement negotiations. In this capacity, she has experience with:

  • initial case assessment and negotiations;
  • managing complex discovery and related motion practice;
  • coordinating fact investigation and discovery;
  • deposing corporate witnesses, expert witnesses and key fact witnesses;
  • expert development;
  • extensive pre-trial motion practice, ranging from discovery issues to dispositive motions, including briefing and oral argument;
  • Daubert motion practice;
  • post-judgment briefing and argument preparation; and
  • negotiating favorable settlements and attending mediation.

Erica has a specific focus on efficient management of pre-trial discovery and early case resolution. She has briefed successful motions for summary judgment for a natural-gas odorant manufacturer in two wrongful death cases, and briefed summary judgment motions that led to the voluntary dismissal of two separate matters against a medical device manufacturer.

Erica is actively involved in orientation activities at the firm and serves on the firm’s Social Committee. She is also committed to mentoring junior associates, summer interns and first year law school students at the University of Kansas School of Law. Erica is likewise active in the community and is involved with coaching youth basketball and supporting community arts and other local charitable organizations.

Erica graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law. During law school, she was associate editor of the Kansas Law Review, vice president of her 3L class, and the recipient of the Payne & Jones Award for outstanding achievement in legal research and writing. She also handled criminal appeals for the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence.

Publications

Erica A. Schroeder, Sounds of Prejudice: Background Music During Victim Impact Statements, 58 U. Kan. L. Rev. 473 (2010).