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Erica Hovey








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Meet Erica

Erica is an attorney practicing criminal defense and general litigation in North Dakota and Minnesota. She has a broad range of experience, including defending individuals facing felony and misdemeanor charges, restraining orders, traffic offenses, pre-charge investigations, and other litigation issues. Erica is also a Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel attorney for the U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota.  

Erica earned her juris doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law. While in law school, Erica cultivated her courtroom advocacy skills in preparation of becoming a zealous advocate for her clients. She participated and excelled in several advocacy competitions, receiving numerous awards, honors, and scholarships for her exceptional advocacy ability. She attained the highest grade in her criminal advocacy course. Erica also served as president of the Student Trial Lawyers Association, a judicial extern for the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota, and an intern for the Grand Forks County State’s Attorney’s Office. Before joining the Vogel Law Firm, Erica served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Jon J. Jensen of the North Dakota Supreme Court. 

When she is not practicing law, Erica is an active member in her community. She coaches Advanced Trial Advocacy at the University of North Dakota School of Law, guest judges for many trial and moot court competitions, serves as secretary for the Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists Board of Directors, and serves as the Young Lawyer Representative for the State Bar Association of North Dakota Board of Governors.  

Erica graduated from Bismarck Century High School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in political science and philosophy from North Dakota State University. At NDSU, Erica was actively involved in student government and other student-led organizations. She also sang in NDSU’s Concert Choir, Madrigal Singers, and BisonArts Singers. Erica lives in Grand Forks with her husband, Alex, a choir teacher at Red River High School. She enjoys spending her free time with family, traveling, and spoiling her English Cocker Spaniel, Theodore. 


  • Greater Grand Forks County Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Ronald N. Davies Inns of Court
  • North Dakota State Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • President, State Bar Association of North Dakota Young Lawyers Section, 2021 – 2022
  • Young Lawyer Representative, State Bar Association of North Dakota Board of Governors, 2022 – present
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists, 2021 – present


  • Young Lawyer Showcase, The Gavel, Summer 2021

Admitted to Practice

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota


  • Young Lawyer Showcase, The Gavel, Summer 2021

Honors and Distinctions

  • Great Plains Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2024 


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