Meet Erica

Background & Education

I was born in NC, have always lived in NC, and am fortunate to be able to call Alamance County home. I live in a 100 year old farmhouse with my husband, daughters, 3 goats, 30 chickens, 3 dogs, and 3 cats. 


I am the Firm Manager for The Paynter Law Firm and teach at Guilford College and Meredith College. I am an MBA candidate at ECU and have a Master's of Music from Appalachian State, a paralegal certificate from Meredith, and a B.S. in Piano from Campbell University.

Professional Experiences

As a law firm manager, I am responsible for the firm's budget, strategic planning, human resources, and IT/IS needs. I have also owned and operated my own small businesses and was previously Associate Director of a non-profit conservatory of music for kids. I am familiar with business and financial operations and understand the needs of small and family-owned businesses. Additionally, as an educator, I understand and share the passion of our teachers and strongly believe in the need for access to quality, affordable education and job skills training.  

Community & Professional Involvement

  • Co-chair of the NC State Bar Paralegal Certification Committee
  • NC State Bar Paralegal Certification Committee Member
  • Chair of the NC Advocates for Justice Legal Assistants Division
  • Order of Service Award from NCAJ
  • Animal Foster and Events Volunteer, Burlington Animal Services
  • Host Family for Ukrainian Orphans through Frontier Horizons
  • Host Family for Exchange Students through CCI Greenheart
  • Team Captain, Triangle Walk to Defeat ALS
  • Meredith College Paralegal Program Mentor
  • Chair of the NC Music Teachers Association Piano Contest
  • Contributing Author, NC State Bar Journal
  • Contributing Author, Carolina Paralegal News
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Presenter at NC Advocates for Justice CPE and CLE Seminars
  • Presenter at NC State Bar Paralegal Seminars