Erika E. Alba

Director, Public Affairs

Overview

Erika Alba is an attorney and public affairs director with Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of the firm’s Government & Public Policy Practice and national Telemedicine & Digital Health Industries Team. In her legal practice, Erika advises business entities, nonprofit organizations, industry associations, private equity groups, and individuals on regulatory and compliance matters before state and federal agencies on matters including campaign finance and election law, health regulatory, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics and governmental financial disclosures.

Erika has extensive legislative and regulatory experience, and in her government affairs practice has represented many different clients in California and Florida. She has advised clients on matters before the California and Florida Legislatures, the Office of the Governors of California and Florida as well as the offices of the California Insurance Commissioner, Florida Attorney General, Florida Chief Financial Officer, and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. Additionally, Erika advises clients on crisis communications and public relations matters including testimony before government entities, internal company communications and outreach to the media.

Prior to joining Foley, Erika was senior vice president and assistant general counsel with Fidelity National Financial, a Fortune 500 company, where she served as assistant general counsel handling regulatory and compliance matters. She also served as chief legislative counsel and was responsible for the management of all governmental affairs issues for the company for the 50 states and U.S. Congress. Before joining Fidelity National Financial, Erika served as assistant chief counsel for the California Department of Insurance, Office of the Insurance Commissioner. In this capacity, she was the bureau chief of the Insurer Compliance Bureau, a litigation unit representing the California Insurance Commissioner in insurer enforcement actions. As bureau chief, Erika personally litigated numerous unfair business and claims practices and managed the prosecution of all cases handled by her division. Earlier in her legal career, she worked as a prosecutor for the Amador County District Attorney’s Office (California). Erika also served in a volunteer capacity one day per month as a judge pro tempore for the Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento where she was deputized as a trial judge and adjudicated traffic and civil smalls claims cases.

Prior to her career in the legal profession, Erika worked for several years in the California State Legislature. She served in various capacities beginning as a legislative aide for an Assemblywoman representing Napa and Sonoma Counties. Erika also served as a senior policy consultant for the Assembly Public Safety and Assembly Rules Committees, and in her final position in the California Legislature, she served as the chief of staff for the assembly minority leader.

Recognition

Erika was named to The Business Journal’s 2012 Women of Influence list, an honor bestowed upon Jacksonville’s most influential women.

Education

Erika received her legal education from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in California where she earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1993, and in 1998, a Masters of Law in international business transactions, with concentrations in international taxation and business transactions. As part of her LL.M. program, Erika worked in Sydney, Australia, as a visiting attorney for the corporate law and commercial litigation firm of Norton Smith & Co. Erika received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University, Northridge.

Community Engagement

Active in the community, Erika is a past chair of the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), one of the premiere business organizations in the state of Florida and served as the first female chair of AIF in its 91 year history. Erika is also a former chair of the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida. She also served as a member of the board of trustees for Florida Tax Watch. She is currently a member of AIF’s Health Council. 

In 2006, Erika served on the Florida Governor’s transition team where she was assigned to the Citizens Review Group for the Office of Financial Regulation. In 2010, she served as Northeast Florida finance chair for Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Admissions

Erika is admitted to practice in California and Florida.

Publications

Erika is co-author of the article “Private Equity Portfolio Company Political Activity,” The Journal of Private Equity, Summer 2016.