Erica R. Alva Of Counsel
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Erica R. Alva
“A great day is when I have to the opportunity to tackle a new and challenging legal issue, but I also have the chance to work hand-in-hand with the client to craft a creative approach to solving it.”

Ricki is a member of HMB’s Business and Finance Group and provides general counsel and transactional advice to numerous business entities, including privately-held businesses and banks.

Ricki practices in all areas of corporate law, including M&A, commercial contracting, corporate governance, financing arrangements and general corporate matters. Her clients include complex businesses in a variety of industries, including financial services, information technology, manufacturing, healthcare and real estate.

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Business-Minded Advice, Creative Solutions

Clients know Ricki for her practical, business-minded advice. But they also know her for her creativity—understanding every business and legal situation requires its own unique solution.



  • Negotiates and executes complex business transactions, including strategic mergers and acquisitions, venture capital deals, early-stage start-up investments and commercial finance transactions
  • Drafts various commercial agreements for clients in the information technology, healthcare, pharmaceutical, financial and manufacturing sectors, including supply, distribution, customer, development and service agreements
  • Advises clients on general corporate and organizational matters, regulatory compliance, internal governance, internal restructuring and business contracting
  • Counsels clients on employee related matters, including employment and contractor arrangements, restrictive covenants and equity incentive plans and draft related agreements and documentation
  • Revises client policies and procedures and works with clients to ensure compliance with regulatory updates in certain highly regulated areas, including telemarketing, telemedicine and payment processing procedures
  • Drafts website terms of use and privacy policies for client informational websites and software as a service applications


Northwestern University, B.S. Social Policy, Cum Laude

Northwestern Law School, J.D., Cum Laude



  • Northwestern University, B.S. Social Policy, Cum Laude
  • Northwestern Law School, J.D., Cum Laude
  • Illinois
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