When Erika Eisenoff entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she channeled her analytical thinking and logical reasoning skills into a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, fully intending to earn her PhD. Then, during her junior year, she changed her focus to law. “I was drawn to the law for the same reason I had been drawn to psychology – to have clients come to me for information, answers and services,” she says. “I wanted to be able to use my training, experience, knowledge and expertise to help them solve problems.”

In addition to her degree in psychology, Erika holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the UNC School of Law, and is an attorney in Hedrick Gardner’s Charlotte office where she focuses her practice on workers’ compensation matters.

While in law school, Erika was a staff writer for the First Amendment Law Review, which published her article entitled “Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil? A Re-Examination of Public Employee Free Speech Rights. Prior to joining Hedrick Gardner, she worked as a law clerk for three different judges at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, first as a volunteer clerk for the Honorable Mark A. Davis, and later as a paid clerk for the Honorable Lisa Bell and the Honorable John M. Tyson.

Never one to shy away from a good challenge, Erika took oil painting classes while studying abroad in Florence, Italy, even though she had never put brush to canvas before. Today, one of her paintings hangs on a wall in her apartment.

Erika loves Tar Heel basketball, spending time with friends and family and exploring her hometown of Charlotte. She enjoys sampling the variety of restaurants and shops constantly opening throughout the city. She maintains an optimistic outlook and believes the ability to find humor in almost any situation gives life a special panache.

Experience and Involvement


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute