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Erika Weiss
OVERVIEW

Erika Weiss
Associate

Grand Rapids

171 Monroe Avenue N.W.
Suite 1000
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2694

P 616-742-3984

F 616-742-3999

OVERVIEW

Erika Weiss
Associate

Grand Rapids

171 Monroe Avenue N.W.
Suite 1000
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2694

P 616-742-3984

F 616-742-3999

Erika Weiss brings a unique perspective – as the daughter of an entrepreneur and a former commercial litigator herself – to corporate clients in their finance and other business transactions. As a descendant of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Erika is proud to be a co-founder of the firm’s Native American Law and Policy group.

Erika Weiss brings a unique perspective – as the daughter of an entrepreneur and a former commercial litigator herself – to corporate clients in their finance and other business transactions. As a descendant of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Erika is proud to be a co-founder of the firm’s Native American Law and Policy group.

OVERVIEW

Erika Weiss brings a unique perspective – as the daughter of an entrepreneur and a former commercial litigator herself – to corporate clients in their finance and other business transactions. As a descendant of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Erika is proud to be a co-founder of the firm’s Native American Law and Policy group.

Erika provides clients with bank and borrower financing assistance and general counsel guidance in various business endeavors. She assists with a wide range of deals, from smaller loan transactions between single lenders and borrowers to multi-million dollar syndicate deals. Additionally, Erika also helps clients with documenting and negotiating entity formation, mergers, acquisitions, and other disposition transactions.

Within her general counsel practice, Erika focuses on offering tribal business clients comprehensive counseling on organizational structure and strategic economic development. Her American Indian Law knowledge and understanding extends into the government sector where she also advises on government service issues, such as ordinance, code and regulatory drafting and enforcement, as well as gaming and non-gaming economic development.

Because of Erika’s experience in and outside of Indian Country, she is able to bridge the gap between tribal and non-tribal businesses seeking to work together, so that non-tribal businesses understand the complexities, nuances, and benefits of working with tribal businesses.

Erika’s prior experience representing clients in commercial and securities litigation matters is key. It allows her to offer clients advice that takes into account what they need in the initial phases of their business and financing, as well as to how to assess and work to mitigate future risk.

Erika frequently represents the firm at national conferences and on panel discussions regarding economic development in Indian Country, and has launched and continues to develop a firm-supported podcast, Tribal talks. Together with her co-host, she discusses tribal economic development organizational structure, strategic planning, transaction due diligence, and more.

Professional and Community Involvement

Board member, ACG of West Michigan

Chair, ACG of West Michigan, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Co-host, Barnes & Thornburg Tribal Talks Podcast

Member, Barnes & Thornburg Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Member, Barnes & Thornburg Legal Personnel Administration Committee

Honors

Corporate Counsel Women of Color, Next Gen Emerging Leader Award, 2021

The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, 2021

Lawyers of Color, Hot List, 2020

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