Eric Gerard

Eric is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer adept at handling complex cases from investigation through verdict in a variety of arenas.

Before joining GHM, Eric spent a decade practicing criminal law as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York, as a white-collar defense attorney at an international law firm, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the Justice Department. As a federal prosecutor in the Economic Crimes Section, he led grand jury investigations into a wide range of white-collar offenses—from securities, healthcare, and tax frauds to public corruption, obstruction of justice, and export control violations—and tried cases as varied as international money laundering, wire fraud conspiracy, identity theft, cybercrimes, and a plot to murder federal witnesses. Eric also has extensive experience in high-stakes civil litigation, having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in securities fraud class actions, insurance disputes, environmental matters, False Claims Act cases, and commercial litigation. Eric draws on this unusual breadth of experience as a fierce advocate for Firm clients at all stages of their most sensitive matters, be they government investigations, criminal prosecutions, regulatory actions, or private litigation.

Education

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW
JD, 2009 (Order of the Coif)

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
MA, International Economics, 2009 (with Honors)

WASHINGTON & LEE UNIVERSITY
BA, Politics, 2003 (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude)

Prior Associations

KESSLER TOPAZ MELTZER & CHECK LLP
Partner, Complex Litigation, 2019-2022

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
Assistant United States Attorney, 2015-2019

HOGAN LOVELLS LLP
Associate, Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense, 2013-2015

FISHMAN HAYGOOD LLP
Associate, Complex Litigation, 2012-2013

MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
Assistant District Attorney, Trial Division, 2009-2012

Publications and Lectures

  • Supreme Dilemma: Handling Conflicts Between State Medical Privacy Laws and Federal Investigative Subpoenas, 31 The ABA Health Lawyer 6 (Aug. 2019)
  • Lessons in Due Diligence Seen in Case of Jailed Fraudster Whose History Hid in Plain Sight, Regulatory Compliance Watch (Dec. 3, 2018) (quoted)
  • Woman Who Ordered ‘Colombian Necktie’ Hit from Pinellas Jail Tells Judge She Has ‘Bad Judgment,’ Gets 65 More Years, Tampa Bay Times (Jan. 4, 2018) (quoted)
  • Case Study in International Money Laundering, Financial Crimes/Inspectors General Conference (Tampa, Aug. 2017)
  • Emerging Trends in Securities Enforcement, Hillsborough Bar Assoc. (Tampa, April 2017)
  • Effective Opening Statements, Goldberg Inn of Court (Tampa, Jan. 2017)
  • Relationship Issues: Benefits and Costs of the Joint Venture, 79 Texas Bar J. (Nov. 2016)
  • Timely Disclosure Requirements of Texas’s RTP Statute, Texas Lawyer (Nov. 2, 2015)
  • Joint Venturing the Case, 52 Houston Lawyer (July/Aug. 2015)
  • Called to the Bar, 77 Texas Bar J. (July 2014)
  • Address on Behalf of New Inductees, Texas Bar Induction Ceremony (Austin, June 2014)
  • Waiting in the Wings? Assessing the Admissibility of Neuroimagery for Lie Detection, 27 Dev. Mental Health L. 1 (2008)
  • Prosecuting Opportunistic Hate Crimes, Anti-Defamation League (Boston, July 2008)

Awards

  • Top Complex Financial Crimes Investigation, Inspectors General Council (2018)
  • Outstanding Legal Article Award, Houston Bar Foundation (2017)
  • Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” Thomson Reuters (2016)
  • Houston’s Top Lawyers, Houstonia Magazine (2016)
  • Top Scorer, Texas Bar Exam (2014)