Erika L. Bauer

Erika combines her knowledge of the law with its practical application to offer her clients the best possible guidance.

Employment Law

Erika joined Belin McCormick's litigation Department in 2017 after clerking for Justice Thomas Waterman at the Iowa Supreme Court.   She practices primarily in the area of employment litigation, representing employers in a broad spectrum of employment and labor matters before administrative agencies and the Court.  Erika handles a variety of claims, including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, failure to accommodate, wage and hour issues, ERISA litigation, unfair labor practices, and other employment and labor law issues.

Although Erika frequently represents employers in litigation, she also realizes the most effective approaches to employment issues are often taken before the need for litigation arises.  Erika regularly assists clients in drafting and editing employee handbooks, policies, employment agreements, and non-competes.  She also consults with employers on legal compliance, HR audits, management training, and internal investigations. Erika is also familiar with developing labor law principles and is prepared to advise and represent clients in negotiating contracts, grievance arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board.

Litigation

In addition to employment law matters, Erika maintains a general litigation practice, representing businesses and individual clients before Iowa and federal district and appellate courts.  Erika assists clients in contract disputes, business torts, estate and trust litigation, and professional liability actions.  Erika understands that ongoing litigation is often the most important and stressful thing going on in someone's life.  Erika seeks to reduce that stress by devoting a substantial portion of her practice to understanding her clients' legal positions and developing the best solutions to fit her clients' needs and goals.  Whether big or small, every litigation issue deserves zealous legal advocacy both inside and outside the courtroom, which Erika is prepared to provide.

Personal

Erika grew up in South Sioux City, Nebraska.  She attended Drake University Law School, where she graduated Order of the Coif and with Highest Honors. During her free time, Erika enjoys visiting local wineries and breweries, trying out new local burger and pizza joints, attending outdoor concerts, and spending time with her Bassett Hound, Maxine. Maxine is the apple of Erika's eye and narrowly edges out her husband, Jeff, as the most important person in her life.

Community & Professional Activities

Polk County Bar Association (member)

Polk County Women Attorneys (member, executive board 2017)

C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court (member)

Representative Work

Trained supervisors and employees on numerous topics including discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, and other relevant employment law issues.

Drafted numerous employment agreements and policies including on issues such as non-competes, non-solicit, confidentiality provisions, intellectual property, and social media and drug testing policies.

Successfully represented numerous employers before the Equal Opportunity Commission and Iowa Civil Rights Commission, resulting in findings of no further investigation warranted or no probable cause.

Davison v. Care Initiatives. Received summary judgment on disability discrimination claim in Iowa federal court.

Steffes v. KMJ Enterprises, LLC. Accomplished summary judgment for client on hostile work environment and retaliation claims in Iowa district court.

Munoz v. Adventure Lands of America, Inc. Attained summary dismissal on hostile work environment, disability discrimination, and retaliation claims before Iowa disctrict court.

Matter of Estate of Charles H. Kline. Successfully achieved reversal in favor of client before the Iowa Court of Appeals on undue influence and tortious interference with inheritance claims.

Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union No. 33 Retirement & Trust & the Trustees thereof; Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union No. 33 Health & Welfare Fund and the Trustees thereof; and Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union No. 33 Education Fund and the Trustees thereof v. Consolidated Heating and Cooling Co.  Achieved summary judgement on ERISA unpaid contribution claim in Iowa federal court.

Spaulding v. Care Initiatives. Received summary judgment on workers' compensation retaliation claim in Iowa district court.

Clark v. CEI Equipment Co. Successfully obtained summary dismissal in disability discrimination and workers' compensation retaliation case in Iowa district court.