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Erika L. Shao


(213) 576-5034
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Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

5 Park Plaza
Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614


J.D., Southwestern Law School

  • Notes and Comments Editor, Southwestern Law Review
  • Member, Southwestern Moot Court Honors Program
  • Octa-finalist Oralist, Intramural Moot Court Competition
  • Recipient. Dean’s Merit Award (2007-2009)
  • Recipient, Exceptional Achievement Award: Civil Procedure
  • Recipient, Witkin Award for Academic Excellence: Products Liability

B.A., Mass Communications & Sociology, University of California, Berkeley


The Honorable Arthur L. Alarcon, Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Southern California (2016-2019)


Erika Shao is a Partner and trial attorney in GRSM’s Los Angeles office and a member of the Employment, and Tort & Product Liability practice groups. Erika specializes in litigating single and multi-plaintiff employment cases in state and federal court for a wide range of business clients, including large corporations, public entities, and non-profit organizations.

Erika has significant case management experience, including complex case evaluations, depositions, motion practice, and trials. She routinely works to develop defense and trial strategies from the onset of litigation. In addition to an active civil court practice, Erika has also successfully represented her clients before administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor Standards Enforcement and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Erika also litigates cases concerning alleged violations of wage and hour laws. Erika also defends aviation actions as well as manufacturers in wrongful death and personal injury actions involving claims of product defects, toxic exposure, and negligence.

In addition to litigating employment matters, Erika regularly counsels employers on employment law issues such as employee discipline and termination, hiring, reductions in force, wage and hour issues, misconduct investigations and sexual harassment training. Erika also provides advice and counseling to employers regarding drafting policies and employee handbooks and making presentations on current trends in employment law.


  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of California


  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Community Involvement

Erika was previously on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), whose mission is to ensure that every member of the school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.