As a program director, Erik C. Johnson coordinates with attorneys throughout the firm to manage litigation defended in the Littler CaseSmart® model. He uses Littler-developed tools to oversee case workflow, monitor budget to actual metrics, and ensure that the firm’s approach to defending a case aligns with the client’s overall litigation philosophy. He routinely consults with Littler CaseSmart clients to assist them in monitoring litigation metrics.

Prior to becoming program director, Erik drafted early case evaluations (ECE) for Littler CaseSmart. In that capacity, he identified and reviewed pertinent documents, interviewed relevant witnesses, and drafted ECE reports. He also partnered with the local Littler litigation team and assisted in developing and executing strategies for effectively handling litigation throughout the country.

Before joining the Littler CaseSmart team, Erik's practice included defending employers in claims arising under various federal and state statutes and common law causes of action, with a focus on federal employment discrimination litigation arising under:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Erik has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts, and he has represented clients before federal and state administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In addition, he has advised employers on the practical and legal implications of everyday employment decisions. Erik is also a trained mediator for all types of employment law, and contract and non-compete matters.


  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1998
  • B.A., Duke University, 1994

Bar Admission

District of Columbia


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland