Erica Brody has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for her clients. As a former Suffolk County Child Protection Unit prosecutor and now as a civil litigator, with more than a decade of experience trying cases, Erica has devoted her career to demanding justice for survivors of sexual abuse and accountability for the people and institutions that fail them. She was recently named to Forbes’ Advisor’s List of Best Personal Injury Lawyers in Boston, and was recognized by the Federal Bar Association for her outstanding advocacy in securing a historic $7 million dollar settlement in a precedent-setting case against the Department of Children and Family Services and state social workers. Her clients consistently express appreciation for her results, her tireless advocacy, her empathy, patience, and compassion, and for her understanding of the societal barriers and personal costs that are often associated with coming forward to report abuse.
Erica’s practice also focuses ensuring that all people have the right to participate fully in a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. She routinely litigates sexual harassment, race, gender, and pregnancy discrimination, and Wage Act claims to ensure that her clients are given the same dignity and respect in the workplace as their colleagues. She is licensed to practice in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and she appears regularly in federal and state court, as well as before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
Erica is frequently hired to conduct workplace investigations. Her prosecutorial background and experience in employment litigation allows her to navigate the often sensitive and intensive fact-finding inquiries required in ensuring that investigations are conducted promptly, equitably, and effectively.
Erica’s trial experience also prepared her to teach “know your rights” training to companies and municipalities – training that is required by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. She has attended MCAD-certified trainings and has educated management and employees alike. She understands how courts analyze the legal issues that arise in these cases and what they will look like before a jury, and uses this insight to advise workers and employers on how to prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace, as well as how to conduct fair, thorough, and thoughtful investigations into reports of workplace misconduct.
Erica is a volunteer lawyer for the 209A Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Pro Bono Program, providing free legal representation to victims of domestic violence seeking restraining orders against accused offenders. She also serves on the Board of the Federal Bar Association civil rights section and regularly consults with news outlets on the topics of child abuse, domestic violence, and litigation.
At Boston College Law School, she studied abroad in London at King's College School of Law, where she worked for Cherie Blair in her human rights practice group at Matrix Chambers and at her women’s foundation. Following her graduation from law school, Erica spent a year clerking for the Massachusetts Superior Court Justices.
Areas of Practice
- Child Abuse and Sexual Assault
- Education Law
- Employment Law
- Investigations and Trainings
- Personal Injury
- Municipal Law and Government
- Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
- Boston College Law School, J.D. (2011)
- King’s College School of Law (2011)
- Tufts University, B.A. in Comparative Religion, magna cum laude and highest honors (2007)
- First Circuit Court of Appeals
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- New Hampshire
Memberships and Affiliations
- Board Member, Federal Bar Association Civil Rights Section
- Federal Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- Massachusetts Trustees of the Reservation