Erin C. Horton

Senior Counsel


Erin Horton is a senior counsel and litigation attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Ms. Horton defends employers in litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies against a broad spectrum of labor and employment-related claims, including discrimination and retaliation, breach of employment agreements, restrictive covenants, and unfair labor practices. Erin also focuses on risk assessment and preventive counseling on wage and hour and leave issues, employment policies, employee discipline and termination, and compliance with the National Labor Relations Act. She additionally works with clients to draft effective, enforceable employment agreements, restrictive covenants, separation agreements, and policy statements.

Erin gained experience as a law clerk for the Honorable Stephen J. Fortunato and the Honorable Sara Taft-Carter of the Rhode Island Superior Court, where she researched and drafted decisions and bench memoranda and advised the presiding judge on the civil dispositive motion calendar.

Prior to her legal career, Erin was a senior account manager for a Boston-based consulting firm where she provided government relations and non-profit development consulting services.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended corporate employers against charges of discrimination filed with the EEOC and several state anti-discrimination agencies
  • Advised clients in the technology and non-profit sectors concerning group lay-offs
  • Successfully defended an educational institution against unfair labor practice charges
  • Created employment and labor issue training materials for franchisees of a national chain in the automotive service and repair industry
  • Conducted audit of client personnel practices


Erin earned her law degree from Suffolk University (J.D., 2010), where she served as the comment editor of the Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board. She also worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable James Wexler in Chelsea District Court. She earned a master’s degree from Emerson college (M.A., 2001), and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island (B.A., 2000).


Erin is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.