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Erica Williams

Erica Williams

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Erica Williams is a partner in the Government, Regulatory & Internal Investigations Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Erica was previously a Special Assistant and Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama, where she advised the president and his senior advisors on legal and constitutional issues involving economic policy, financial regulation and reform, financial technology, trade, intellectual property and data protection and privacy. Before that, Erica spent 11 years at the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff under Chairs Mary Jo White, Elisse Walter and Mary Schapiro, and Enforcement Counsel to Chair Schapiro. Earlier in her career, Erica served as Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement Trial Unit where she led a number of successful prosecutions, including cases involving insider trading, accounting fraud, violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and financial reporting.

Prior Experience

Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Associate Counsel, 2015–2017

Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2012–2015

Counsel to the Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2011–2012

Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2004–2011

Litigation Associate, Arnold & Porter, 1998–2004

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