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Erica Dotras

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Erica counsels and assists commercial clients in developing new franchise programs, protecting their intellectual property, complying with franchise laws and regulations, and resolving franchise relationship disputes. She also assists individuals to evaluate franchise opportunities and assists them with business formation and ownership structuring. Erica also has a thriving real estate practice and frequently represents clients in commercial lease and purchase transactions.

Erica received her J.D. from Texas A&M University School of Law where she graduated with honors. Prior to law school, she received her M.A. in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University and her B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Texas.

Before law school, Erica worked with nonprofit organizations. She directed the America Reads program at the University of North Texas, interned with Mosaic Family Services, and managed the volunteer program and food pantry for Metrocrest Services. Through these roles, she gained specialized knowledge of the management and needs of nonprofit organizations.

During law school, Erica interned with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Through her internships, she worked on civil litigation, real estate, and probate and estate issues. While in law school, she also served on the Texas A&M Journal of Property Law and participated in the Community Legal Access Clinic.

Post law school, Erica served as staff counsel for a family office where she gained legal experience in corporate law, real estate transactions, estate planning, and nonprofit organizations.

When Erica is not practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her family, training for triathlons with her husband, playing tennis and golf, and playing with Lance, her Australian Shepherd.

Erica is based in our Dallas, Texas office.



  • “Special Considerations for Commercial Leases for Franchise Systems,” Dallas Bar Association, Franchise & Distribution Law Section (August 16, 2022)


  • Order of the Coif, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Legal Eagle since 2022, Franchise Times Magazine
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America, 2024

Memberships and Committees:

  • International Franchise Association
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Forum on Franchising
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • 2021 Chair of the Franchise and Distribution Law Section
  • CREW Dallas
  • Collin County Bar Association
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association

Bar Admissions and Licenses:

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Northern District of Texas

What Makes Us Different?

  • Collaborative Environment

    Our entire team has unique skills and specialties, which helps the entire staff get to know you and anticipate your needs.

  • Comprehensive Service

    Running a business often leads to a variety of legal needs and challenges, and our team is willing and ready to assist you from start to finish.

  • Big Firm Experience. Boutique Firm Rates.

    We offer the substantive knowledge and skill of a large law firm without charging you the big firm prices.

  • Personalized Attention

    We provide customized strategies for each and every client, and offer the experience to implement them.

Full-Service Representation Tailored to You

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