Erik formed the Law Office of Erik Honkanen, S.C. in 2008. In 2013, he joined with Carver Richards to form Honkanen Richards, S.C. In late 2013, the firm acquired another law firm in Hibbing. Erik earned his Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and Music from the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2003. He earned his Juris Doctor and his Master in Business Administration, concentrating in finance and strategy, from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.
In 2002, Erik worked on the Campaign for Governor as the Seventh Congressional District Manager. In 2004, he worked as a business consultant/contracted brief writer for the Law Office of Stephen D. Willett. In 2007, Erik worked at Voyageur Asset Management as a Portfolio Administration Team Lead.
Erik is a member of the Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout), Brotherhood of Freemasons, and Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Virginia, MN. He is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association (2007), Range Bar Association (2008), American Bar Association (2007), Mesabi Symphony Orchestra Musician and Board Member (2008). He has served on various boards including the Marquette Catholic School advisory board, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, and Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.
Erik enjoys working out, trapping beaver, eating at world-renowned restaurants, listening to classical music, playing gigs with his string quartet Heartstrings, and spending time with his close friends and his godchildren ‘Eva and Phiya.
Carver Richards joined Erik Honkanen in 2013 to form Honkanen Richards, S.C. Prior to Honkanen Richards, Carver practiced law at the Trenti Law Firm from 1973 to 2013. In 1971, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Minnesota. In 1973, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from the William Mitchell College of Law.
Carver is a United States Marine Corps veteran, having served from 1962 to his honorable discharge in 1965. He has served on the Board of Delegates of the Minnesota State Bar Association and President of the Range Bar Association. He has been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the American Board of Trial Advocates with the designation of Diplomat. Mr. Richards is continually recognized as a Minnesota Leading Lawyer in civil litigation since the program began.
In the community, Carver has been a member of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Range Mental Health Center Board of Directors; Chairman of the Eveleth-Gilbert School Board; President of the Northern Lights Music Festival; Officer of the Eveleth Elks Club; Eshquaguma Country Club Board of Directors, where he is a two time Club Champion; and most recently appointed to the Board of Governors of the Minnesota Golf Association. In the past, he has served as a counselor to Jeno Paulucci , consultant to Governor Rudy Perpich, and presently serves as an adviser to Representative Jason Metsa.
Carver is married to Barbara Forti of Hibbing, MN, has four daughters, four sons in law, and thirteen grandchildren. Carver enjoys practicing law, reading mostly fiction, golfing, downhill skiing, and hanging out with his kids and grandkids.