Erica Lai is a senior associate in the Washington, DC office of Cohen & Gresser LLP. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, antitrust, and white collar defense. She has counseled corporate and governmental clients at all levels of complex civil litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and federal agency proceedings. Erica’s broad litigation experience includes matters as varied as class action allegations of price-fixing under the Sherman Act, commercial contractual disputes in the financial services, utility, and railroad industries, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act defense, and litigation under the False Claims Act. She has litigated cases in areas including environmental remediation, financial services, health care services and benefits, longshore labor, public utilities, and transportation. Erica has extensive pro bono experience in cases involving immigration issues, civil rights, and reproductive justice before federal district courts and courts of appeal, and advocacy to the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, she has advised clients on proposed legislation, bills before Congress, government relations initiatives, and congressional investigations, including helping secure congressional resolutions acknowledging the injustice of the Chinese exclusion laws.
Prior to joining the firm, Erica was a senior Litigation and Public Policy and Government Affairs associate at Covington & Burling LLP. Erica clerked for the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she served as a Law Clerk for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.
Erica graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was on the Editorial Board of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. She also has a Public Policy Analysis Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Pomona College.
University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2008); Pomona College (B.A., magna cum laude, 2005).
District of Columbia; State of California; Commonwealth of Virginia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Activities and Affiliations
Board Member, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Women’s White Collar Defense Association
Former Policy and Advocacy Committee Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area
Former Nominations Committee Member, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area