January 20, 2021

Volume XI, Number 20

Eric J. Wilson

Eric Wilson is a shareholder in the Litigation Practice Group, and a member of the Government Investigations, White Collar & Compliance; International Trade Compliance; and Antitrust Practice Groups. An experienced litigator and trial lawyer, Eric’s practice focuses on complex and sensitive matters where clients demand an attorney with the judgment and expertise to achieve a favorable outcome – regardless of whether that result occurs outside or inside the courtroom.

As a former government prosecutor, Eric has particular experience in matters where clients need a lawyer to advocate on their behalf to government regulators. In this capacity, Eric has headed corporate internal investigations in numerous different areas, such as alleged export violations, customs seizures, insider trading, and employee misconduct. Eric and the other members of the Godfrey & Kahn white collar team also help clients interact with law enforcement as part of responding to data breaches or other cybersecurity issues.

Eric is the leader of the international trade team at Godfrey & Kahn. In that capacity, he regularly advises clients regarding export and import compliance matters. He assists companies with questions about internal policies and procedures for a variety of export and import issues, such as "deemed exports," product classification, and technical assistance agreements. Eric often helps firm clients with their registration and licensing questions under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR"). Eric also helps businesses who wish to expand into foreign markets, but need help navigating the tricky waters in complying with laws such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

As a member of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Practice Group, Eric frequently assists clients with antitrust enforcement matters before the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the various state attorneys general. Eric was lead trial counsel for the State of Idaho in the St. Luke’sfederal antitrust litigation, a seminal case involving the interplay between the Affordable Care Act and the antitrust laws. Eric also has argued two antitrust cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Given his background and experience, Eric also represents individuals and businesses suspected of, or charged with, criminal wrongdoing. Prior to joining Godfrey & Kahn, Eric worked for almost a decade as a prosecutor – first as a federal prosecutor in Chicago and then as a state prosecutor in Wisconsin. At the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Eric had dual responsibilities as a criminal prosecutor and chief antitrust attorney for the State of Wisconsin. Eric started his career in the litigation practice at Jenner & Block in Chicago.


Articles in the National Law Review database by Eric J. Wilson