Erika Alba is a political law attorney and public affairs director with Foley & Lardner LLP and is a member of the firm’s Political Law and Government & Public Policy Practices. In her political law practice, Erika advises nonprofit organizations, private equity groups, corporations, candidates, campaigns, and individuals on state and federal campaign finance law, election law, crisis communications 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 before the California and Florida Legislature and Governors’, Office as well as the California Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer and executive branch agencies of Florida. These diverse clients include Fortune 500 corporations, small start-up companies, state and local agencies, industry associations, non-profit organizations and political campaigns. Additionally, Erika advises clients on public relations matters including testimony before government entities, internal company communications and outreach to the press.
Prior to joining Foley, Erika was senior vice president and assistant general counsel with Fidelity National Financial, a Fortune 500 company. In this role, she served as chief legislative counsel and was responsible for the management of all governmental affairs issues for Fidelity National Financial for the 50 states and U.S. Congress. Erika moved to Florida with Fidelity National Financial in 2003 when the company relocated its headquarters from Santa Barbara, California.
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 prosecuted numerous insurance companies for 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 Assemblywoman Bev Hansen, who represented Napa County, California. Erika also served as a senior policy consultant for the Assembly Public Safety and Assembly Rules Committees. In her final position in the California Legislature, she served as the chief of staff for the assembly minority leader.
Erika was named to The Business Journal’s 2012 Women of Influence list, an honor bestowed upon Jacksonville’s most influential women.
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 international 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.
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.
In 2006, Erika served on a Florida Governor’s race 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.
Erika is admitted to practice in California and Florida.
Erika is co-author of the article “Private Equity Portfolio Company Political Activity,” The Journal of Private Equity, Summer 2016.