Erika C. Oates has been practicing law in Georgia for more than 17 years and focuses on workers’ compensation cases. Her greatest strengths are her trustworthiness, discipline, leadership, respectfulness, determination, and dedication. She states: “My goal is to be a beacon of light that helps a client navigate the legal system and reach a favorable conclusion.” Erika is excited to serve the community and help clients get quality medical care and legal representation.
As a child growing up in Alabama, Erika saw many people who were disenfranchised and wanted to do something to help. While in law school she developed a passion for employment law, and decided to pursue a career helping people in the employment sector. At first, she represented employers. After several years, however, she decided to focus on workers instead and help them get the justice they deserve from unfair employment practices.
Her significant trial experience includes numerous workers’ compensation claims, and she has been very successful in handling settlement negotiations and mediations. She is proud to see clients get needed medical treatment, a favorable court ruling, or a settlement, or be able to return to a job that they love.
Erika is an avid supporter of her alma mater, Tuskegee University. Her law degree is from Indiana University School of Law. She is admitted to the State Bar of Georgia and the U.S. District Court in the Northern and Middle districts of Georgia. She belongs to the Gate City Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the Atlanta Bar Association. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta and is a volunteer for Junior Achievement, and enjoys playing tennis, reading, and spending time with her friends and family. Erika is a frequent speaker on workers’ compensation and employment law.