Gerald J. Williams
Awards & Honors
Associations & Affiliations
Andrew F. Erba concentrates his practice in State and Federal criminal defense and civil rights actions. He is licensed in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Mr. Erba represents plaintiffs' in employment discrimination, false arrest, malicious prosecution, excessive force and other civil rights cases. He was lead counsel in the matter of Bianchi v. City of Philadelphia, which resulted in an award in excess of $1,000,000.00. In 2006, he and Williams Cuker Berezofsky attorney Sherri Eyer obtained a verdict of $400,000 in the matter of C.E. v. Springfield School District, representing a mentally ill child who was assulted on a school bus.
Mr. Erba has also been involved in the representation of a number of high profile criminal matters and many political activists in the trial courts and on appeal. He was part of the team of lawyers who represented persons arrested at the 2000 Republican Convention in Philadelphia. He has represented Clark Kissinger and several other protestors who were arrested for attempting to speak on behalf of a death-row inmate at the Liberty Bell Complex in July, 2000. He was lead counsel in the matter of United States v. Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, USA, Inc.; a criminal case recently tried in the District of New Jersey and on appeal to the Third Circuit which is expected to define the scope of the First Amendment and the Brandenburg Doctrine with respect to Internet sites.
He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and is regularly appointed to represent criminal defendants in both venues. Mr. Erba is a member of the indigent appointment panel of the Quarter Sessions Court of the Court of Common Pleas, and has tried over 50 criminal matters to verdict in that court.
Mr. Erba is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, where he serves on the Mass Defense Committee which provides legal defense to activists arrested during demonstrations and the Legal Observer Committee. He regularly speaks at NLG sponsored events.