Erika L. Bauer

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


Erika joined Belin McCormick's Litigation Department in 2017 after clerking for Justice Thomas Waterman at the Iowa Supreme Court during the 2016-2017 term. While in law school, Erika worked on litigation matters at two different Des Moines law firms and represented low-income clients in Polk County district court through the Drake Law School Legal Clinic. Erika was a national finalist in two oral advocacy competitions during law school and won a regional "Best Brief" award.

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.

Employment and Labor Law

Erika devotes a substantial portion of her practice to assisting both employers and employees in compliance and litigation matters. She regularly assists clients with drafting and editing employee handbooks, policies, employment agreements, and non-competes. To ensure compliance with Title VII, the FMLA, the ADEA, and the ADAAA, Erika provides counseling on regulatory issues and internal evaluations and investigations. In addition, Erika is prepared to represent clients before the Iowa Civil Rights Commission or in court should the need for litigation arise.


Erika grew up in South Sioux City, Nebraska and attended college at Creighton University in Omaha. She abandoned her Husker and Bluejay roots (though not entirely, she is still a fan at heart) when she came to Iowa to attend Drake University Law School, where she graduated with highest honors. During her free time, Erika enjoys 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)

Junior League of Des Moines (member)