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Eric is a member of the firm’s Global Regulatory Enforcement Group. As a former federal prosecutor, his practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement matters, internal investigations and complex commercial litigation. He has been recognized for his representations by Chambers USA as a lead attorney in Illinois’s White Collar Crime and Government Investigations category, with clients citing him as “a remarkable individual” who was "very intelligent and was thoughtful in his analysis."


  • University of Chicago Law School, 1994, J.D., with Honors, John Woodrow Simpson Law Fellow, Law Student Government representative, Mandel Legal Aid Clinic
  • Amherst College, 1991, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude

  • Illinois
  • New York

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit

  • Adjunct Professor of Law - Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University Law School, 2008 - present
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, 2002-2010
  • Trial Practice Instructor - University of Chicago Legal Aid Clinic, 2002-2006
  • Board of Directors, Vice-Chairman - Chicago Community Counseling Centers (C4), 1999-2005
  • American Marshall Memorial Fellow, 2001

  • Honorable George M. Marovich, U.S. District Court, 1 January 1997 to 31 December 1999

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2021 
  • Seven Honor Awards for Excellence and Integrity from the USDA 
  • Two Certificates of Recognition from the Director of the FBI 
  • The Cook County Crime Prevention Award of Excellence in Law Enforcement 
  • Recipient of Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District Court and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2016