Erika N. Pont is an experienced litigator who has handled a wide array of complex commercial disputes including tax controversy, intellectual property, fraud, and breach of contract. She also has defended hospitals and health systems in qui tam whistleblower actions and investigations involving the Federal False Claims Act (FCA).
Prior to joining Ward & Berry, Ms. Pont was Counsel in the Litigation Department of an Am Law 50 Firm where she represented clients in Federal District Court litigation in multiple jurisdictions as well as at arbitration and in mediation. She is experienced in all aspects of Federal District Court litigation including motions practice, the taking and defending of depositions, the supervision of large-scale e-discovery, and the development of trial strategy. Erika has extensive experience preparing lay and expert witnesses for testimony—as well as examining witnesses— at arbitration hearings and trial. She also has counseled clients regarding crisis management and media strategy. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Ms. Pont focuses her pro-bono practice on immigration and international legal matters. She has successfully secured grants of asylum for several applicants and their families and T Visas for victims of human trafficking. She also has assisted a non-profit organization with developing training materials to aid in the prosecution of human trafficking. An animal lover, Ms. Pont has also partnered with organizations on pro-bono projects to end animal cruelty and wildlife poaching.
Ms. Pont a holds a BA with high honors in Government from Smith College and a JD from The George Washington University Law School where she has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 2007. She currently teaches a year-long academic legal writing course to upper-level students as well as first-year legal research and writing. While in law school, she was the Executive Notes Editor for the International Law Review and a Dean’s Fellow.
In her spare time, Ms. Pont is an avid patron and dedicated supporter of the Washington-area performing arts community. She lives in Adams Morgan with her Partner Tom and their chocolate lab Quinn.