Madison Attorney Erika Bierma

Erika L. Bierma,
Senior Associate

Erika Bierma is a well-known and highly-regarded attorney who regularly appears in Wisconsin state courts and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. Her practice includes both criminal and civil litigation, and she has handled and been involved with many high-profile cases.

Criminal Defense:

Erika represents individuals accused of serious felonies, including but not limited to, repeated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault, child pornography, drug offenses, burglary, and many other felonies as well as misdemeanors. She represents people accused of OWI’s, both criminal and ordinance. She represents individuals at all stages of the criminal process—from investigation to pre-charging negotiations to jury trial and through appeal. She appears in court on a near daily basis and is well respected by the judges, prosecutors, and courthouse staff. Erika has significant trial experience.

She is a former Associate Federal Defender where she represented individuals accused of a wide range of serious federal crimes.  Some of which include white collar, computer, and tax crimes.  Erika has also represented victims of crimes as well as grand jury and John Doe witnesses. 

Juvenile Court and School Disciplinary Proceedings:

Erika’s practice also involves representing juveniles accused of ordinance violations, misdemeanors, and felonies. She also represents parents involved in the juvenile criminal justice system. Her practice also includes representing students subject to investigations in non-academic misconduct proceedings, school discipline, and the expulsion process for students at both the high school and university level. 

Representing the Interests of Business Clients:

Erika represents the interests of business clients, having successfully recovered misappropriated funds for financial institutions, private individuals, and corporations. Her experience also includes assisting business clients with compliance with grand jury subpoenas and requests involving most investigative agencies.

Civil Litigation:

In addition to her criminal practice, Erika also practices civil litigation. Her experience includes:

  • ordinance defense
  • traffic matters of all types including OWIs
  • personal injury defense
  • insurance defense
  • immigration status questions
  • property damage cases
  • adult protective service investigations
  • CHIPS investigations
  • health and human services investigations
  • child abuse injunctions
  • domestic abuse injunctions
  • harassment injunctions

Erika is admitted to practice in the Eastern & Western Districts of Wisconsin and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


  • Creighton University (J.D., 2003)
  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (B.A., 1998)

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • American Bar Association
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • The James E. Doyle American Inn of Court
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Dane County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Erika is married to Chad, a social studies teacher at Madison West High School. Erika enjoys time away with her husband, running, and going out to dinner with friends.

Favorite foods: Sushi
Favorite artists: My Girls on the Run Team
Favorite music: My sister’s violin
Last place visited: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Favorite getaway: Rustic cabin in Tomahawk with husband and friends
Favorite book: Unbroken
Favorite movie: Movies? What are movies?
Would like to visit: Australia
Last book read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Community Involvement

Girls on the Run, Board of Directors

Boys & Girls Club Allied Drive

ARC Community Services, Inc., Board of Directors

United Way, Employee Campaign Manager 

University of Wisconsin Innocence Project, Consulting Counsel