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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

1301 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C., 20004, USA
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Work +1 202 879 5000
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Fax +1 202 879 5200
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Erica Williams

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Work +1 202-389-5044
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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Position

Erica Williams is a partner in the Government, Regulatory & Investigations Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Erica focuses her practice on internal investigations and defense of companies and individuals accused by the government of involvement in securities law violations, white collar crime and other major business litigation disputes and crises.


United States: Dispute resolution

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Within: Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's group is led by veteran Washington DC- and Chicago-based white-collar lawyer Mark Filip, who represents corporates, financial institutions and individuals in the gamut of sensitive investigations and criminal prosecutions. Filip and Chicago-based Mark Schneider are representing Allergan in various state and federal government investigations, congressional inquiries and civil suits related to its sale and marketing of opioid painkillers. The duo are also representing Teva Pharmaceuticals together with Houston's Brigham Cannon and New York's Henry DePippo in related DOJ and SEC investigations into alleged FCPA violations; they secured a civil settlement with the latter and a deferred prosecution agreement with the former. In terms of individuals, Mark Holscher, Jeff Sinek and Michael Shipley (all in Los Angeles) successfully defended, as co-counsel with a team from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Eric Pulier against criminal proceedings initiated by the DOJ arising from fraud allegations relating to the sale of his company, ServiceMesh, to Computer Science Corporation; all charges were dropped. Other key team members include Chicago's Asheesh Goel, Kim Nemirow and Elizabeth Hess and Washington DC's Erica Williams. In 2018-2019, the team lost a number of individuals to the administration, including Robert Khuzami, Brian Benczkowski, John Lausch, and also William Barr, who was confirmed as US Attorney General in February 2019.

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Financial services litigation

Within: Financial services litigation

Noted for its 'impressive general commercial litigation prowess',  Kirkland & Ellis LLP puts this to good effect across a range of private litigation and agency enforcement actions/investigations for a growing and varied roster of financial services clients, including banks, funds and accountants. Led out of New York by Jay Lefkowitz, Matthew Solum and Joshua Greenblatt, the firm is representing GPLS as one of the defendants in multiple state attorneys general and putative class actions accusing it of engaging in the illegal practice of partnering up with lenders authorized by Native American tribes to avoid usury laws and issue illegal loans to consumers under the concept of tribal immunity. Leveraging the firm's impressive roster of leading private equity firms, another core strength of the team is acting for some of these as global anti-corruption counsel (working alongside practitioners in London and Hong Kong), which includes risk management procedures regarding the sponsor and its portfolio companies as well as representation on any enforcement action/investigation should that arise. Splitting his time between the firm's Chicago and Washington DC offices, Mark Filip heads the firm's government enforcement defense and internal investigations group and is a pivotal member of the multi-disciplinary financial services litigation team that also includes Washington DC-based partners Erica Williams and Neil Eggleston, and New York-based securities enforcement and AML/sanctions expert Zachary Brez.

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