Erica Benites Giese
Erica Benites Giese is an attorney in the white collar section of Jackson Walker’s San Antonio office and former Chief of the Financial Litigation Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. During her tenure, she also served as the Chief of the San Antonio and Del Rio offices. Erica represents clients in white collar investigation and litigation matters, advising on matters such as bank regulatory compliance, defense and trial preparation, and internal investigations. Erica has extensive first-chair trial experience as well as civil and criminal litigation experience. A Certified Fraud Examiner, Erica is equipped to handle qui tam complaints and investigations, healthcare fraud investigations, government contract fraud inquiries, and bank and wire fraud investigations with a comprehensive understanding of the current laws and statutes. Her experience extends to handling grand jury subpoenas and investigations, labor & employment suits, foreclosure matters, tort actions, removal proceedings, Bivens claims, and medical malpractice claims. As a federal prosecutor, Erica tried over 60 cases and handled thousands of grand jury presentments. Erica leverages this experience to assist clients facing grand jury investigations and offer guidance in responding to grand jury subpoenas.
Erica is also regularly involved in the development of anti-corruption policies and training, calling upon her experience with the Department of Justice to tailor regulatory compliance policies for a variety of clients.
In her role as Chief of the Financial Litigation Unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Erica enforced federal criminal restitution judgments using civil procedures in criminal cases. She conducted investigations to uncover fraud by defendants and third parties seeking to evade federal judgments, and negotiated settlements in real estate and financial transactions to ensure full recovery for victims. She provided training to prosecutors on financial investigations, courtroom advocacy, and trial techniques. She also provided guidance to prosecutors on litigation decisions and the development of complex fraud and corruption investigations. Erica spearheaded the creation of a Suspicious Activity Report Review Team in the San Antonio and Del Rio divisions, which resulted in her gaining a wealth of knowledge in Anti-Money Laundering compliance-related issues for financial institutions.
A former Assistant District Attorney for the Harris County District Attorney’s office, Erica’s background boasts cases presented to Grand Jury, handling of all pre-trial hearings and motions, coordinating witnesses, and negotiating plea agreements. As ADA, Erica tried over forty cases.
While in law school, Erica served as an intern for the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Houston, as well as the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Prior to her legal career, Erica served the citizens of Texas as a Child Protective Services Specialist with the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services where she provided specialized services for children in state custody, testified in court on the behalf of those children, played an integral role in trial preparation, and participated in mediation for various cases.
B.A., The University of Texas
M.S., Texas State University
J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law
- Editor, The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues
- Student Attorney and Research Assistant, Center for Legal and Social Justice
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas