The constant evolution of labor and employment law fascinates me, and I am passionate about addressing novel employment issues and solving complex workplace relationships for clients.
Erica Pope is an Associate in the Adams and Reese Tampa office. Erica’s practice focuses on management-side defense, representing employers in various aspects of state and federal court litigation and pre-suit administrative proceedings. This representation involves defending employers against allegations of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour violations, and other related issues.
Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Erica graduated from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. After graduating from law school, Erica worked for a boutique labor and employment law firm that first introduced her to labor and employment matters.
Erica earned a B.A., cum laude, in English and a Certificate in Leadership Studies from Florida State University. She was a member of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society.
- University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law, J.D., 2020
- Florida State University, B.A., 2017, cum laude
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Areas of Practice
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- The Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
- Defended and successfully resolved claims of discrimination and retaliation under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act, unfair labor practice charges under the National Labor Relations Act, and unpaid overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Authored various position statements in opposition to charges of discrimination and unfair labor practice charges.
- Counseled employers on the accommodation process, complying with disability and leave obligations, and disciplining and terminating employees.
- Recommended settlement authority and settled numerous cases through mediation and informal negotiations.
- Drafted legal documents filed in state and federal court, including motions to dismiss, responses in opposition to class certification, and a 40-page appellate brief filed in the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal.
- Defended a public employer against a union-filed unfair labor practice charge by authoring an answer to the charge, attending a hearing before the Florida Public Employees Relations Commissions, and drafting a 30-page proposed recommended order following the hearing.