Erica Williamson Barnes
Shareholder
PROFILE
AFFILIATIONS
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Erica’s Profile

Erica is a Shareholder in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations section and a member of the General Litigation Practice Group.

She focuses her practice on assisting individuals and entities in connection with state and federal criminal matters, conducting internal investigations, litigating and resolving false claims act proceedings, anti-corruption and anti-fraud compliance, and civil litigation involving a criminal or governmental component. Erica also has experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation matters and has represented defendants in individual and class actions involving contract, employment, shareholder, and securities claims.

Erica recently rejoined the firm after serving for four years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama.  As an AUSA, Erica worked with a multitude of federal agencies and state and local task forces to prosecute white collar matters involving bank, wire, and mail fraud, healthcare fraud, access device fraud, benefits fraud, tax fraud, securities fraud, elder financial exploitation, cyber intrusion, and money laundering.  Erica also prosecuted cases involving child exploitation, narcotics, firearms, and immigration offenses.

Erica has experience at all levels of the criminal process and has tried cases to a jury in state and federal court.  Prior to joining Maynard Cooper, Erica served as a Special Prosecutor in the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office in Atlanta and served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Owen Forrester in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Erica’s Affiliations & Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar’s Criminal Justice Selection and White Collar Crime Committees

Civic Involvement

  • Vestavia Planning and Zoning Commission (Chair)
  • Junior League of Birmingham
  • Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church

Erica’s Speaking Engagements

December 4, 2018: Moderated at the State Bar White Collar Crime Committee’s CLE program, “Beyond the Statute: Winning Strategies for Relators and Defendants in False Claims Act Cases,” which discussed practical strategies for achieving better outcomes in litigation under the federal False Claims Act

CONTACT
T 205.254.1115
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BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama, Georgia
U.S. District Court:Alabama(Northern)
EDUCATION
Duke University School of Law (2007, J.D., High Honors, Order of the Coif)
Vanderbilt University (2003, B.A., Political Science and Economics, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS

Honorable J. Owen Forrester
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia

Publication
Virtual Currency Regulation: What Do Alabama Bankers Need to Know? – Alabama Bankers Association Board Briefs
News
MAYNARD COOPER HOSTS ALABAMA STATE BAR WHITE COLLAR CRIME COMMITTEE
Birmingham, AL. Maynard Cooper was pleased to recently host the Alabama State Bar White Collar Crime Committee for a Continuing Learning Education seminar entitled “The Art and Science of Cross Examination.” The program featur...
News
THREE LITIGATION SHAREHOLDERS JOIN MAYNARD COOPER & GALE
Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to welcome three Shareholders—Erica Williamson Barnes, Noah “Chip” Hicks, and Robert Jones. All experienced litigators, Ms. Barnes joins the Firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice in Bir...