Eric Becker represents international and domestic clients in white collar criminal matters, government enforcement actions and internal investigations. He also has extensive complex litigation experience, engaging in all aspects of the dispute resolution process including settlement negotiation, pleading preparation, written discovery, motion practice, electronic discovery matters, and appellate practice.
Eric began his career as a White Collar lawyer at an international law firm where he served as served as counsel to a bankruptcy trustee charged with effectuating the liquidation of a major Wall Street investment firm. Upon joining Squire Patton Boggs, Eric continued working on high-profile litigation matters and oversaw portions of a client’s national bankruptcy remediation initiative.
Eric also has experience working on high-profile investigations and enforcement matters for public and private organizations. Eric served as counsel to the FCPA Compliance Monitor of Weatherford International Ltd., a large multinational corporation in the oil and gas industry, to monitor its FCPA Compliance Program in connection with a deferred prosecution agreement and settlement with the SEC and DOJ. In this role, Eric traveled domestically and internationally to conduct employee interviews, evaluate compliance training program, and assess the effectiveness of the company’s anti-corruption compliance program. Eric served as a principle author of the Monitor’s reports and frequently interacted with in-house counsel to evaluate the company’s consent order performance. Eric also assisted in a months-long investigation concerning the use of E-Rate dollars by an Ohio school district.
Eric has continued to apply his regulatory compliance and investigations experience in service of the Monitor for FCA US LLC in the first-ever appointment of a monitorship by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As a core member of the Monitor’s team, Eric communicates with in-house and outside counsel on the company’s Consent Order performance activities; assesses aspects of the company’s compliance program against provisions of the Safety Act and FMVSS; identifies ways that the organization can communicate more effectively with NHTSA and its supply base; conducts employee interviews; coordinates the exchange of documents and information; and analyzes the company’s training programs, policies, and procedures as they relate to corporate employees, manufacturing plants, and third-party suppliers, Eric also assists the Monitor with preparing periodic reports to NHTSA concerning the company’s compliance with provisions of the Consent Order.
During his public sector employment, Eric developed strong analytical skills by interpreting various federal and state statutes. While interning with the US Coast Guard’s Judge Advocate General, Eric analyzed complex statutory issues including the extent of the Coast Guard’s delegated authority, agency funding and fiscal law inquires, and regulatory compliance issues. Additionally, Eric successfully balanced litigation assignments requiring him to analyze various Ohio statutes while clerking for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Eric is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and volunteers at Columbus Legal Aid clinics.