Erika Weiss is an associate in Barnes & Thornburg's Grand Rapids office and a member of the Litigation Department. Erika provides organizational and strategic guidance to the firm's litigation clients. She has experience in commercial litigation, business law, securities litigation and American Indian tribal law.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Erika worked for a firm representing tribal governments and tribal entities. She provided general counsel legal services to tribally owned businesses and assisted tribes in residential and businesses leases on tribal land. She has defended tribes in tribal, state and federal courts, as well as U.S. territory administrative bodies.
As a descendant of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Erika will continue to focus her practice on providing legal services to tribal governments and their businesses. She has experience drafting ordinances, codes and regulations; representing tribal interests in numerous Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) cases; and assisting tribal housing authorities draft policies and procedures, recover property, and prepare for the implementation of Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Home Ownership (HEARTH) Act regulations.