Erica L. Calderas has extensive experience representing commercial clients of varying sizes as plaintiffs and as defendants in complex matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Erica has a deep understanding of a wide range of litigation matters impacting businesses, including business torts, contract disputes, consumer protection claims, trademark infringement, employment disputes, fraud claims, enforcing and defending against claims regarding non-competition agreements and trade secrets, and claims under RESPA, TCPA, and TILA. Erica has had substantial first-chair and second-chair experience in jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, mediations, and appellate arguments.
In class-action defense matters, Erica has experience in high-stakes, statewide and nationwide class actions across the United States, including victories in two multi-week class-action bench trials. Erica has a successful track record of early victories in class actions achieved through defeat of class certification, securing dismissal of or summary judgment on the claims of the class representatives, and negotiating favorable settlements.
Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1994
Cornell University, A.B., distinction in all subjects, 1991.
Andrews Osborne Academy, Board of Trustees, 2017-present
American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, Volunteer
National Association of Women Business Owners, Former Corporate Partner Representative
Cornell Club of Northeastern Ohio, Board Member, 2004-10
Summer on the Cuyahoga, Board Member, 2005-09
Arthritis Foundation of Cleveland, Former Advisory Board Member, 2000-01
The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2020-22.
AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell
Notable Women in Law, Crain’s Cleveland Business, 2018
Ohio Super Lawyers®, General Litigation, 2011-20
Women of Note 2017 Honoree, Crain’s Cleveland Business
State of Ohio, 1994
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Third and Ninth Circuits.
American Bar Association, Litigation Leadership Section, 2003-2016
American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee