Ericka Johnson is a senior associate in the Government Investigations & White Collar Practice. She represents companies and executives in, among other things, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) internal investigations, enforcement actions, defense matters and compliance before the US Department of Justice and similar authorities. She assists multinational companies in developing and implementing effective anticorruption compliance policies and strategies for domestic and international operations. As part of her compliance practice, Ericka also advises companies on cybersecurity risks, internal compliance measures and incident response protocols.

    Prior to joining private practice, Ericka served for six years as Judge Advocate in the US Marine Corps (USMC), where she specialized in complex litigation and providing domestic and international compliance advice to General Officers. She continues to serve as reserve general counsel to commanding officers in the Washington DC area.

    While on active duty, Ericka was responsible for all facets of investigating and defending Marines accused of misdemeanor and felony violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. She represented clients accused of crimes in Jordan, Guantanamo Bay, Spain, Afghanistan, Japan, the Philippines and North America. She litigated nine jury trials to full acquittals, including five major felony cases, over 40 administrative hearings, and defended clients in over 15 sentencing hearings. She conducted hundreds of witness interviews, prepared clients and witnesses for live testimony, pursued discovery, and engaged in motions practice to challenge and limit the evidence used against her clients.

    While serving in Afghanistan, Ericka authored the US and NATO “Use of Force” compliance policies and designed and implemented region-wide training programs for hundreds of NATO and US service members. As the primary legal advisor to NATO and US combat commands, she advised General Officers on the legal ramifications and international/domestic legalities and policies for the planning and execution of more than 980 NATO and US-led operations.

    Ericka served as the Ethics Advisor for the Commanding General of the South Pacific, where she advised on Japanese-American agreements and federal regulations for the Department of Defense throughout the South Pacific, related to gifts, travel, meals, entertainment, conflicts of interest and the use of government resources.

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    • Leading the response to a multinational investigation by the Department of Justice concerning allegations of potential FCPA violations during the construction of a multibillion-dollar facility.
    • Authoring the anticorruption compliance program for a multibillion- dollar parent company and its multinational subsidiaries.
    • Conducting onsite training for cybersecurity incident response procedures for an international multibillion-dollar car manufacturer.
    • Drafting cybersecurity internal compliance measures and incident response protocols and conducting onsite training for executive staff for an international multibillion-dollar golf company and two international multimillion-dollar nonprofits.
    • Conducting cybersecurity risk assessments for two US banks and a UK energy company, determining their cybersecurity maturity and associated possible liability, and drafting remedial protocols.


    • University of Wisconsin - Madison, J.D., 2011
    • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 2008


    • District of Columbia, 2017
    • Wisconsin, 2011


    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

    Clerk Experience

    • Wisconsin State Supreme Court
      Hon. Ann Walsh Bradley
      September 2010 - May 2011
    • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America 2023, Criminal Defense: White-Collar

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    Recent Publications

    Recent Speaking Engagements

    • Speaker, “Defending Work Product Status and Attorney-Client Privilege of Forensic Reports,” webinar hosted by Lawline, January 11, 2022.
    • Panelist, “SPB Annual Global Compliance Forum- CARES Act Panel,” webinar hosted by Squire Patton Boggs, November 5, 2020.
    • Panelist, “Best Practices for a Newly Remote Workforce,” webinar hosted by Squire Patton Boggs, May 11, 2020.
    • Panelist, “Ransomware Attacks: An Introduction to Tabletop Exercises,” DC BAR eDiscovery & Information Governance Community, Washington DC, January 23, 2020.
    • Panelist, “Cybersecurity Is Your Discovery Secure? The Truth is out There,” The Master’s Conference, Washington DC, October 28, 2019.
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