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Erica Williams is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s government, regulatory and internal investigations group. She focuses her practice on internal investigations and defence 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. Erica was previously a special assistant and associate counsel to President Barack Obama, and before that spent 11 years at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) serving as deputy chief of staff for three chairmen. In this role, she was responsible for evaluating and providing legal advice on recommendations from the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and examination policies and plans from the SEC’s Division of Examinations. Erica also served as assistant chief litigation counsel in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement Trial Unit.
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