Jackson Walker proudly congratulates San Antonio attorney Erica Benites Giese on her election as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Established in 1952, the American Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, independent research institute that serves the legal profession, the public, and the academy through empirical research, publications, and programs that advance justice and the understanding of law. The ABF Fellows is a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.
This invitation follows Erica’s election as a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation in 2019.
“Much like the Texas Bar Foundation, American Bar Fellows are nominated by peers, and membership is limited to 1% of the lawyers admitted to practice in the United States and its territories,” Erica said. “I am honored to join the 62 other exceptional San Antonio Fellows and look forward to helping the American Bar Foundation in its endeavor to improve the welfare of our community.”
In her practice, Erica handles civil and criminal white collar investigation and litigation matters, qui tam complaints and investigations, healthcare fraud matters, government contract fraud inquiries, bank and wire fraud investigations, and immigration worksite enforcement actions. She helps clients navigate the daunting task of responding to civil, criminal and administrative subpoenas, including Civil Investigative Demands. Erica also advises and advocates for individual and corporate victims of fraud. A Certified Fraud Examiner, she is equipped to handle all types of fraud matters and internal investigations. Since 2019, Scene in S.A. has recognized Erica as one of the “Best S.A. Lawyers” in the area of criminal defense. Erica has tried over 100 cases to Texas juries.
Outside of Jackson Walker, Erica volunteers her time with the Hispanic National Bar Association as Deputy Region XII President and as a member of the Compliance and Ethics Section. She is also actively involved with the U.S. District Court Admissions Committee, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Bar Association’s Women’s White Collar Defense Section, and the Federal Bar Association’s San Antonio Chapter.
Within the community, Erica volunteers her time as an Executive Board member for Meals on Wheels San Antonio. She and her two daughters also serve their community through the National Charity League – San Antonio Rose Chapter. In addition, as a graduate of Texas State University, Erica continues to serve her alma mater as a member of the Leadership Council of the Development Foundation.