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 is an experienced litigator who vigorously defends her clients’ interests at the trial and appellate levels. She represents businesses and individuals in disputes involving commercial contracts, trust and estate administration and shareholder agreements. She also advises 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 is part of the teaching faculty for Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop, where she helps teach trial skills and techniques.

Erika graduated from Harvard Law School, where she won a Boykin C. Wright Memorial Award for appellate advocacy in Harvard Law School's prestigious Ames Moot Court Competition. She funded her legal education through the scholarships and appearance fees she earned as Miss America 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.

Recent Cases/Representations

§Obtaining judgment in favor of an Illinois hospital in a dispute regarding a recruitment assistance agreement; successfully defending the judgment on appeal.

§Securing the voluntary dismissal of a breach of contract complaint filed against an Illinois business by a commercial competitor.

§Obtaining judgment on behalf of a trustee in a dispute over farmland held by the trust; successfully defending the judgment on appeal.

§Counseling beneficiaries of estates and trusts regarding their legal rights under wills and trust documents; representing such beneficiaries in probate proceedings and negotiations with trustees and executors.

§Obtaining judgment in favor of a client in a commercial real estate dispute involving a breach of note and guaranty.

§Counseling numerous Illinois businesses regarding the interpretation and applicability of Illinois’ COVID-19 mitigation measures.

§In a representation of a religious entity, securing the voluntary dismissal of an appeal involving a property use and boundary line dispute, after successfully moving for the dismissal of significant portions of the appeal on subject matter jurisdiction and res judicata grounds.

§Securing judgment in favor of an individual on an Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act claim involving a company’s failure to complete home construction repairs.

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, P.C., Erika practiced law in Chicago in the litigation groups of Sidley Austin LLP and Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella.

Professional/Community Involvement

§Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (Commissioner/Executive Committee)

§Prison Fellowship (Board of Directors)

§Member of Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Equality

§Trinity International University (Board of Regents/Executive Committee)

§Champaign County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) (Board of Directors)

§Member of Illinois State and Champaign County Bar Associations

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 also was honored by Athena International as a Global ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award Recipient.

Erika was the 2018 Republican nominee for Illinois Attorney General, receiving more votes than any other Illinois Republican running for office that year, and was a featured panelist at Fortune Magazine's "Most Powerful Women, Next Gen" conference. Erika is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics including civility, diversity, faith and leadership. Recent keynote presentations include:

§"Civility, Empathy and Inclusion: Values for Creating our New Legal Normal,”at Illinois State Bar Association's Solo & Small Firm Conference.

§“5 Ways Setbacks Set the Stage for Comebacks,” at 5 Things showcase for professional women.

§“The Witness of Civility and Grace in a Hostile Culture,” at Valley Church’s Good For All conference.

§“Casting a Vision, Leaving a Legacy,” at Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Empowered Leadership conference.

§“Lessons Learned While Running for Statewide Office,” at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s Renewing Illinois Summit.