Erin Ball

Associate

Erin counsels clients with a breadth of employment and business needs. Her focus includes Title VII, FMLA, and ADA compliance, HR best practices, and preparing employment contracts and severance agreements. Erin also assists businesses with internal investigations and administrative proceedings, including defending clients against a broad array of discrimination claims filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Erin’s practice also covers corporate and transactional matters, including stock and asset acquisitions and sales, commercial leases, the purchase and sale of real property, contract review and negotiation, entity selection and formation, and corporate governance.
Education
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2016
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 2011
Admissions
  • North Carolina State Bar
Affiliations
  • North Carolina Bar Association 
  • Young Lawyers Division, Legal Feeding Frenzy Co-Chair 2018-2021
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Linking Lawyers Committee, Class of 2024

Approach

Erin’s thorough application of the law and strategic counsel provide her clients with outcome-focused results. Her upbeat but grounded personality make Erin a pleasure to work with. Always willing to lend a hand, Erin goes out of her way to help the team succeed. Erin sees her license to practice law as a vehicle to help people solve problems. She chose employment and business law to assist business owners in making decisions that will advance their success. Erin recognizes that her clients’ businesses may be more important than anything other than their families and health. Erin’s clients know that they can trust her counsel at every stage of their development, and through every challenge they encounter, from just getting started, to bringing on employees and growing their team, and when working through difficulties—both expected and unexpected challenges (like Covid-19). To help clients make the right decisions at the right time, Erin insists on getting to know you, personally, and to understand your business on every level. She listens to your goals and studies your operations. Ideally, when possible, Erin will visit your business in person. This approach helps her better assess how to negotiate vendor contracts, draft employment agreements, and build policies and procedures to fit your business needs.

Making a Difference

Erin was drawn to law as a means to helping others, however, she was committed to service long before becoming a lawyer. At Penn State, Erin was a leader in THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, which has raised more than $180 million for childhood cancer. Immediately after graduating, Erin spent two years with Teach for America, where she taught, coached, and mentored underprivileged students in rural South Carolina. At law school, Erin was an elected representative on the Student Bar Association, where she created multiple drives that raised money, holiday gifts, and laptops and cellphones for low-income children in the community.

During her time practicing law in Charlotte, Erin has continued to be a mentor for Teach for America, she volunteers with the Special Olympics, where her special-needs sister-in-law participates, and served four years as the Co-Chair of the NCBA YLD Legal Feeding Frenzy, helping to organize attorneys across the state to fight hunger in North Carolina. Erin has also served as a youth mentor through Buddy/Mentor Inc., which connects caring adults with at risk youth.

More about Erin

Erin makes sure to find time to enjoy life, specifically, traveling, hiking, camping, and playing with her puppy, Rooster. One of her proudest personal accomplishments is overcoming her fear of the ocean to get scuba certified, before visiting the Great Barrier Reef, where she dove with seals, manta rays, and countless sharks! With her husband, a local public defender, Erin has traveled to sixteen countries on four continents, as well as across America, from Denali, Alaska to the Nāpali Coast on Kauai, to Acadia National Park in Maine—almost always camping along the way. With their own hands (and her father-in-law’s), they have personally restored their 1800’s-built mill home and created a garden that regularly draws the compliments of neighbors. They recently renovated an old Chevy van, turning it into a camper, so that they can introduce Rooster to the excitement of adventures on the road. Local adventures almost always involve her sister-in-law Fran, who they care for regularly.