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Meet Erica Rose, Esq.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erica Rose, Esq.

Erica, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have started The Erica Rose Law Firm, which I feel combines all of my knowledge, experience, passion, and expertise. I represent and advocate for single parents as well as others going through family law issues such a divorce and child custody.  I also am practicing entertainment and media law and guiding individuals in the entertainment industry to make wise career decisions as well as protect their personal and professional images.

I was originally inspired to go to law school by my younger brother, Ben Rose, who is also a practicing attorney in Houston. At the time that I made the decision, I was living in Los Angeles and working as a Page at Paramount Pictures, and had just been a contestant on the popular television show “The Bachelor”.

I decided to move back to Houston for law school and join Ben at the University of Houston. While in law school, I continued my career in reality television and filmed several shows. Therefore, it made sense to me to move back to LA after law school and earn my Masters of Laws in Entertainment and Media Law from Southwestern Law school.

While there, I clerked at a boutique Entertainment law firm, Rosen Stapleton, and loved it! I found a natural fit working with people which also encouraged me to complete my life coach certification from the Life Coach Institute of orange county.

Also, around that same time, I became a single mother to my daughter Holland and moved back to Houston to raise her around family. I ended up reconnecting with a high school friend Charles Sanders, who is now my husband.

He also had graduated law school so after we were married he helped me study for the Texas Bar Exam. I passed it when I was nine months pregnant with our daughter Aspen – she was born five days later!

The day I found out that I had passed my Bar Exam was one of the happiest days of my life.  I went down and got sworn in by Judge Mike Engelhart that same day- I had waited long enough to become an attorney and I was just so ready to start practicing law.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not always been a smooth road!

It was really hard for me to go back to work when my daughter Aspen was only two months old. I felt like I missed a lot of the bonding time that I enjoyed with her sister Holland.

I had accepted a job offer at the well known family law firm, Holmes Diggs and Sadler, in Houston.  While I appreciated everything I learned from working at a big family law firm, I realized that I was not able to spend enough time with my daughters and family, and have that desired work-life mom balance that is so important for me.

Starting my own practice was not the easiest decision but I knew that it was the right one for me and my family. Also, I wanted to be able to expand my practice areas.

Before that, taking the time to focus and study for the Bar Exam was challenging in the past when I was filming television shows or working in the entertainment industry.

It took me being pregnant with my second child and happily married to take that much needed time out and focus and study. I like to joke too that she was my good luck charm. She would kick during the exam and I felt comforted by her presence. She was born five days later and it was just really special!

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am really proud to be the only attorney in Houston who I know of who has a masters of law in entertainment and media law. That degree was honestly harder for me to earn than my JD. I really did learn so much in the program and I feel that combined with my experience in the entertainment industry sets me apart from other attorneys in Houston.

I also believe that my life coach background, combined with my experiences as a single parent gives me an extra layer of compassion when it comes to my family law clients. I have a lot of empathy for them and really do my best to advocate for their needs.

I am willing to be flexible as well when it comes to fees because of my strong desire to help those who cannot advocate for themselves.

In addition, I have started a podcast called Legally Mom. On the podcast,  other attorney moms and I discuss relevant legal issues, current events, and trying to find that work-life mom balance.  We interview guest who are making a difference in the legal and mom community.

I  hope that our podcast can be a platform to inform, inspire, encourage, and connect.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I love Houston- it is such a great place to raise a family. However, I would love to be part of an expansion in the entertainment and media industry.

I personally love Dallas, despite our silly rivalry with them, and would like for Houston to be a major entertainment mecca the same way that Dallas is.

That is part of my mission a well.  I would eventually like to produce a successful television show out of Houston, the same way that Dallas has the Real Housewives.  

I think our city has so much to offer and once all of this construction is complete it will be aesthetically beautiful as well.

What I do love about Houston is the people – I have met some of the most genuine, caring, and philanthropic individuals and I think that really sets us apart as a city.  I think it is great that we are one of the most diverse cities in the nation.

Houston has grown and expanded so much during my lifetime and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us. I am excited!

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