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Erica Bianco

Partner


(213) 426-2000

Erica Bianco has been with Hurrell Cantrall since 2010 and became Partner in 2014.  Her practice focuses on defense of public entities including civil rights, personal injury and employment cases.

Ms. Bianco has successfully defended her clients in all stages of litigation. She has negotiated favorable settlements, obtained early dismissals and prevailed on dispositive motions.  She has experience in cases involving 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and various state law torts, including negligence and violations of California constitutional rights. Ms. Bianco has also second-chaired trials in both federal court involving claims of civil rights violations, FEHA claims, and other state tort claims.

Prior to joining Hurrell Cantrall, Ms. Bianco practiced law in New York City specializing in insurance defense and general litigation before moving to Los Angeles in 2010.

In her spare time, Ms. Bianco enjoys spending time with her family and cooking Italian cuisine.

Representative Matters:

  • Defense verdict in federal trial involving claims of unlawful search and seizure, retaliation under the First Amendment and state law claims of conversion, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and false arrest.
  • Defense verdict in favor of government entity in a case involving claims of excessive force under the Fourth Amendment against Sheriff’s Deputies.
  • Summary judgment granted in favor of government entity in a case involving claims of civil rights violations, conspiracy and retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
  • Anti-SLAPP motion granted and attorneys’ fees awarded in case involving claims of tortious interference with contract.
  • Summary judgment granted in dangerous condition of public property matter involving a pedestrian versus vehicle accident in a marked crosswalk.
  • Dismissal obtained in favor of public entity in an employment matter involving a claim of retaliation in violation of First Amendment rights.
  • Motion to dismiss granted without leave to amend in case alleging defendants improperly withheld decedents’ property without due process, in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • Summary judgment granted in wrongful death case involving claims of failure to provide medical care, violations of civil rights pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983; and municipal liability pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
  • Dismissal obtained in a wrongful death case against public entity involving officer involved shooting.



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Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Education

  • Cornell University, B.A., 2003
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., 2006