Senior Counsel and Director of Retrospective Audits
Erica Dew Crowl is Senior Counsel and Director of Retroactive Audits with Mari Henry Leigh & Associates LLC. Erica’s 14+ years of experience working directly with Ms. Leigh has made Erica an expert on attorneys’ fees in her own right. According to Founder and Managing Member, Mari Henry Leigh: “Erica’s ability to serve as the lead project manager on extremely large - almost unimaginable - attorneys’ fee claims, make her an invaluable asset to the Team and allows me to confidently concentrate on the bigger picture strategic issues. I can always rely upon Erica to deliver timely, quality analysis and run a tight efficient ship.”
Erica’s work with legal fee disputes includes working with litigants, corporate counsel, litigation counsel, and insurers to handle a variety of legal fee issues, including resolving attorney fee disputes, assessing fee reasonableness and necessity, and determining the proper allocation and relatedness of legal fees. She also works directly with corporate clients in managing ongoing legal costs, developing and implementing cost control strategies and enforcing billing guideline compliance. Erica has prepared dozens of prevailing party fee petitions and responses, and expert reports for various state and federal district and appellate courts, and arbitration/mediation expert reports (including London arbitrations) regarding legal cost issues in almost every legal specialty, including, but not limited to: civil litigation matters, including patents and intellectual property, pharmaceuticals and products liability, class actions, qui tam suits, shareholder derivative actions, commercial contract disputes, and bankruptcy proceedings.
Erica is Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP), which is designation awarded by the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, recognizes her understanding and commitment practical aspects of litigation management, litigation management metrics, alternative fee arrangements and effective case resolution. Erica is also the recipient of the Leading Lawyers Network’s Emerging Lawyer distinction.
A frequent speaker on attorneys’ fee issues. Erica is or has been a member of several bar associations, including the Chicago Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, and American Bar Association.
Erica received her JD from the University of Kansas in 2003, where she was captain of the National Environmental Moot Court Team. She received several awards and honors, including the Kansas Energy Law award and CALI Awards for Public Benefit Law and Oil & Gas Law. She holds a BS from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, with a double major in both PoliticalScience and Women’s Studies.
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