Ms. Erb concentrates in international dispute resolution through litigation or arbitration. She routinely represents domestic, foreign and sovereign clients in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes in federal and state court litigation, in international arbitration and before US government agencies. A significant part of her practice involves claims of unlawful expropriation, the defense of foreign sovereign immunity, questions of foreign and international law, and the act of state and political question doctrines.
Ms. Erb’s practice also focuses on regulatory matters, including US economic sanctions, trade embargoes, and anti-boycott laws, in the areas of compliance, licensing and enforcement. She has extensive experience advising clients worldwide in the pursuit and development of business opportunities on a global scale in compliance with US sanctions laws. She regularly interfaces with US government agencies to obtain specific licenses authorizing clients to engage in complex international business and trade transactions implicating such laws. She also represents domestic and foreign companies in US civil and criminal enforcement actions involving apparent violations of US sanctions laws, and has obtained favorable settlements in such matters.
Significant recent experience includes:
- Representing a Swiss company operating in Uzbekistan and certain of its affiliates in multiple US federal actions in the District of Columbia involving claims of expropriation and defamation and in a Vienna Chamber arbitration involving claims of expropriation;
- Representing the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Central Bank of Jordan in the US District Court for the District of Columbia and on appeal in the DC Circuit in a case involving claims of expropriation;
- Representing the City of Amsterdam in the US District Court for the District of Columbia and on appeal in the DC Circuit in a case involving claims for the return of priceless artworks allegedly misappropriated in the 1950s;
- Representing a prominent Saudi bank alleged to have financially supported terrorism in US federal action brought in the Southern District of New York;
- Representing a Russian state-owned uranium trading company in an expedited US federal action at the trial level and on appeal in a case concerning the supply of uranium under the “Megatons to Megawatts” arrangement between the United States and the Russian Federation;
- Representing the Republic of Indonesia and its Central Bank at the trial level and on appeal in multiple US federal court actions involving fraudulent banking and securities transactions;
- Representing the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as amicus curiae in a lawsuit brought against OPEC under the US antitrust laws;
- Representing the Republic of Hungary and its privatization authority in US federal action in the District of Columbia in a case involving claims of unlawful expropriation of a private commercial enterprise;
- Representing foreign company with operations in the United States in US civil and criminal investigations of apparent violations of US sanctions laws before the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the US Department of Justice;
- Representing various clients in settlement negotiations before the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control; and
- Advising numerous clients on a daily basis on issues of compliance with US sanctions, export controls and anti-boycott laws.
Ms. Erb is chair of the White & Case Global Women's Initiative Committee, comprising male and female partners from around the world, including three members of the Firm's Executive Committee. In this capacity, she oversees the Firm's strategy, operations and investment in recruiting, retaining, developing and advancing women lawyers globally. In 2012, the Firm won two Euromoney
Women in Business Law Awards: the Best International Firm for Talent Management for our global women's initiative and the Russia country award.
Bars and Courts
New York State Bar, 1999
District of Columbia Bar, 2000
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2001
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2002
US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2003
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2005
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2007
US District Court for the District of Columbia, 2001
US District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2003
JD, Columbia Law School, 1998
BA, Reed College, 1991
Awards and Recognition
Benchmark 2008, Commercial Litigation