Erica B. Lewis
Erica is the managing partner of Hedrick Gardner’s Wilmington office. Her practice focuses on appellate advocacy, employment law and workers’ compensation. She has represented clients in workers' compensation claims, including litigation of injury by accident cases, occupational disease claims, workplace assault claims, fraud claims, death claims, policy cancellation disputes, and coverage disputes. She has extensive appellate experience, handling appeals before the North Carolina Full Commission, North Carolina Court of Appeals and North Carolina Supreme Court. Erica collaborates on the strategy and defense of each individual case with her clients in order to achieve the best possible outcome. She represents businesses and organizations throughout the Southeast, including school systems, municipalities, employment agencies, and hospitals.
She is an active member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, and the New Hanover County Bar Association. She served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (NCADA), is a former Chair of the Worker’s Compensation Committee and is involved in the Defense Research Institute (DRI). She has been invited as a guest speaker at the NCADA Annual Conference, and also at the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys. Erica holds an AV rating with Martindale Hubbell, the most prestigious peer review rating that recognizes attorneys who have reached the highest levels of skill and integrity. She was honored to be named as a North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law in 2012, North Carolina Legal Elite in 2006, and one of North Carolina’s 2011 and 2012 Super Lawyers in Workers’ Compensation. Erica was recognized in the 2014 listing in The Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
Erica was put in the spotlight alongside other women in business in an article published by the Greater Wilmington Business Journal.
Erica is married to Scott Lewis, also a partner in the Firm’s Wilmington office, and they have three children. She enjoys reading, traveling, and maintaining her fluency in French.