Ted Kaufman - United States Senator for Delaware

Great Federal Employees Initiative

Honoree for Week of October 5, 2009

Erica Williams

Attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division

Erica Williams is an attorney with the SEC’s Enforcement Division. A graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, Erica has been with the SEC for five years. During that time, she has distinguished herself as a trial lawyer on several complex cases involving accounting fraud. In July 2009, she and a team of SEC enforcement attorneys, consisting of John Rossetti, Sarah Levine, and Martin Healy, won a hard-fought verdict in federal court on a case involving insider trading. This case, commonly referred to as SEC v. Nothern, was a rare case involving U.S. Treasury bonds. Erica and her team had to prove that the defendant had insider knowledge from someone inside the Treasury Department. Approximately $3 million in illegal profits had been generated from this scheme. They argued their case strongly and thoroughly, and they also had to prosecute the case with fewer resources than are usually available to private sector litigators. They worked weekends and sacrificed time with their families for long hours spent in the office or on the road. It paid off and delivered a victory that reflects what the SEC is all about: punishing and deterring wrongdoing in our financial markets.

Read Senator Kaufman's full remarks on Erica Williams HERE

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