Erica Mekles is an associate in the firm’s Newark office who dedicates her practice to complex civil and commercial litigation, as well as complex commercial insurance coverage litigation. Ms. Mekles is experienced in representing clients in a wide range of matters, including product liability, premises liability, construction, and contract disputes.
Ms. Mekles is active in litigating cases in the product liability arena, regularly defending companies on a nationwide coordinated basis against claims for damages alleged to arise from defective consumer and commercial products. Ms. Mekles also has significant experience coordinating class actions related to third-party litigation.
Additionally, Ms. Mekles monitors and litigates insurance coverage claims under various types of insurance policies, including general and professional liability policies, directors’ and officers’ policies, first party policies (including property/business interruption), and excess and umbrella policies. Ms. Mekles helps policyholders maximize insurance recovery for first-party and third-party claims, and has assisted many clients with tendering coverage claims, coordinating the claims process, and ultimately obtaining coverage, in many instances, without resorting to litigation.
Ms. Mekles routinely litigates complex product liability and other civil matters in state and federal courts throughout New Jersey and New York.
Ms. Mekles also maintains an active pro bono practice, including the representation of domestic violence victims in final restraining order trials and the representation of children seeking legal immigration status in the United States.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Mekles was an Assistant State Attorney, acting as lead trial counsel on first degree felony cases including armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, burglary and battery, and drug trafficking. She has appeared as lead trial counsel in over 100 jury trials.