Erika Berman focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration.
Erika has represented clients in all stages of federal and state litigation, including in domestic arbitration, in mediation, and before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and international arbitration. In connection with these matters, she has drafted pleadings, substantive motions, and briefs at the trial and appellate level, including a Petition for Writ of Certiorari at the United States Supreme Court, and substantive briefs before international arbitral tribunals.
Erika maintains an active pro bono practice, representing a client on death row in Alabama in his habeas corpus petition in state court, the Northern District of Alabama, and the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Prior to joining Winston, Erika was an intern at the State Department, Bureau of International Organizations/Office of Global Systems and an intern to Ben Wallace, MP, in the British Parliament. At the University of Michigan, her honors thesis explored the United States’ failure to ratify major multilateral treaties. She speaks conversational Russian.
Honors and Awards
Erika was elected to the Order of the Coif and was awarded the Phi Delta Phi Award for ethics and jurisprudence.
Erika received her J.D., with highest honors, from The George Washington University Law School in May 2015, where she was the notes and projects editor of the George Washington Law Review. She received a B.A. in Political Science, with highest distinction and high honors, from the University of Michigan in April 2012.
Erika's representative matters include:
- Defense of a major pharmaceutical company and its foreign parent company in a multidistrict products-liability case and corresponding state action
- Defense of a health care system in an antitrust class action and a domestic arbitration and corresponding mediation
- Representation of a sovereign state in a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in an action defending against the enforcement of an international arbitral award
- Representation of a sovereign state in the execution of an adverse international arbitral award
- Defense of an electronics company in an antitrust international arbitration action
- An internal investigation of a Fortune 500 company under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Representation of a foreign energy company in an investor-state arbitration at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
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Newsletter 10/06/17Pro Bono Reporter – Fall 2017
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Briefing 02/17/16BIS and OFAC Cuban Regulations Amended to Expand Permitted Exports and Transactions