As the Executive Program Director, Erik C. Johnson is responsible for the strategic direction and financial and operational oversight of the Littler CaseSmart and Littler onDemand platforms. In this capacity, Erik coordinates with attorneys throughout the firm to manage administrative charges, attorney demand letters, single plaintiff litigation, and class/collective actions defended in the Littler CaseSmart® model, as well as the advice and counsel inquiries managed through Littler onDemand®. Littler CaseSmart and Littler onDemand utilize and blend unique client-dedicated staffing models, redesigned legal processes for greater efficiencies and consistent, high-quality work product, and matter management and data analytics.

Erik uses Littler-developed tools to oversee case and matter workflows, monitor budget to actual metrics, and ensure that the firm’s approach aligns with the client’s overall litigation and matter management philosophies. He routinely consults with Littler CaseSmart and Littler onDemand clients to assist them in monitoring key performance indicators and trends and providing other forms of insightful data analytics. Erik also leads an experienced and diverse leadership group and team of Littler CaseSmart and Littler onDemand attorneys.

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 Certified Associate in Project Management and a trained mediator for all types of employment law and contract and noncompete matters.

Erik has given numerous presentations and written articles on a variety of topics, including the following:

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • The use of mediation for labor and employment disputes
  • The art of negotiations and the proper valuation of cases
  • Effective deposition skills and the discovery process


  • 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