Eric L. Gibson is a Principal and Chair of the firm's Internal Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice Group, counseling and defending companies, organizations, and individuals under administrative, civil, or criminal investigation or facing charges from federal, state, or local authorities. Mr. Gibson also conducts internal investigations and provides compliance guidance so that companies and their directors, executives, and employees may avoid or minimize the risk of such inquiries.
A former state and federal prosecutor, Mr. Gibson is an experienced and aggressive litigator who has handled many complex and sensitive public corruption investigations and trials for state and federal offenses including racketeering, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, bribery, and extortion. He provides an insider's knowledge of the full government enforcement cycle, from investigation, audit, subpoena, and search warrant to trial and appeal.
Mr. Gibson most recently served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Department of Justice (DOJ), acting as Deputy Chief of the Corruption and Civil Rights Section of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. During this tenure, he supervised an elite unit investigating and prosecuting officials at all levels of government. In 2022, Mr. Gibson was featured in the documentary series, Murder Under the Friday Night Lights, regarding a small-town murder in Pennsylvania and the subsequent coverup by local police.
Prior to his tenure at the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Mr. Gibson served in Washington, D.C. as a Trial Attorney in both the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. While at the DOJ, he briefed Attorneys General as well as Assistant Attorneys General in both the Criminal and Civil Rights Divisions, and also interacted with agencies and offices across the federal government including the Federal Election Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and the White House. Before serving in the DOJ, Mr. Gibson served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia for over a decade in various roles including the elite Special Investigations Unit. Given his experience, he has deep insight into the practices of federal investigators, their agencies, and the DOJ’s criminal enforcement policies.
Mr. Gibson was honored for his work as a prosecutor in 2008 with the Justice Department’s highest award for employee performance, the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service. In 2009, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, and in 2016, he was awarded the Assistant Attorney General’s Criminal Division Award for Exceptional Service. He was also recognized twice by the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) “for demonstrated excellence in successfully prosecuting major criminal cases.”
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