Education & Bar Admissions
- Juris Doctor, University of Colorado Law
- American Indian Law Certificate, University of Colorado Law
- Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science, Black Hills State University
- Bar Admissions: Colorado Bar
- Colorado Bar Association
- Boulder County Bar Association
- Denver County Bar Association
- Minoru Yasui Inn of Court
- Responsible Resource Development and Prevention of Sex Trafficking: Safeguarding Native Women and Children on the
Fort. Berthold Reservation, Carla F. Fredericks, Kathleen Finn, Erica Gajda & Thomas Perin, 40 Harv. J.L. & Gender, 2017
- Responsible Resource Development: A Strategic Plan to Consider Social and Cultural Impacts of Tribal Extractive
Industry Development, Carla F. Fredericks, Kathleen Finn, Erica Gajda & Jesse Heibel, Harv. J.L. & Gender Online, 2018
If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise. - Rupi Kaur
Robinson & Henry Associate and Estate Planning and Probate Attorney Erica Gadja understands that many clients come to her during a very emotionally draining and grueling time in their lives. A loved one may have just passed away or may be losing capacity. Family members may be fighting, or the client may need help straightening out a situation. Erica also understands that as an attorney, she is in a great position to help people through difficult situations, both emotionally and legally, and provide guidance to get a client through a case.
Erica has always been intrigued by our country’s political system and history, so majoring in political science at Black Hills State University seemed like a natural fit. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Erica wanted to put her logical thinking skills to use in a profession where she would have the ability to help people. That’s why she ultimately decided to pursue her juris doctorate at the University of Colorado Law School, where she also earned an American Indian Law certificate.
Erica initially began clerking for an Arapahoe County judge with a 100 percent civil docket. However, he was transferred after four months to a domestic relations and probate docket. The probate cases piqued Erica’s interest and helped her realize that probate and elder law was an area where an attorney can make a significant and positive difference in people’s lives.
Prior to joining Robinson and Henry, P.C. Erica worked at a medium-sized law firm practicing probate and elder law. The majority of her practice was contested litigation, which included guardianship/conservatorships, probate administration, and trust administration.
Erica’s previous practice experience provided her with a vast knowledge base for the fundamentals of probate and elder law. Her experience with contested probate litigation shapes how she approaches her estate planning practice and uncontested administration cases. Erica strives to practice estate planning and probate administration in a way that avoids potential conflicts in the future.
Initially, Erica will speak with clients regarding the facts and a broad overview of the case. After reviewing the documents provided by a client, she will advise the client of the different options available to them.
As an attorney, Erica believes it is important to approach each case with reasonableness and professionalism. It is the nature of probate, elder law, and estate planning cases to include a high degree of emotion. However, providing the client with options and clearly explaining the cost versus benefit of options in advancing the case is an important piece for Erica as she advocates for her clients. Erica strives to be responsive to her clients and search for the right solution for their specific case.
In her free time, Erica enjoys hiking with her two dogs, Avery and Mercedes. She also enjoys running, biking, swimming, and trail races.