Jenner & Block

E.K. McWilliams is a member of the Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice.  McWilliams’ practice focuses on internal and government-initiated investigations.  McWilliams is a certified anti-money laundering compliance specialist and has particular experience in the area of anti-money laundering regulation and the Bank Secrecy Act.

McWilliams has experience on matters spanning industries including banking, gaming, automotive, and manufacturing.  McWilliams has also represented private citizens and elected officials before the Chicago Board of Ethics, and has successfully appealed Notices of Violation of the Chicago Ethics Ordinance.  

McWilliams received a J.D. from Northwestern Law School in 2014 and graduated cum laude.  While at Northwestern Law, McWilliams served as a member of the Center on Wrongful Convictions and the Children and Family Justice Center, and was awarded a Point Foundation Scholarship and a FASPE Fellowship.  Before law school, McWilliams attended Oxford University as a Clarendon International Scholar and received an M.S. in comparative social policy.  Before that, McWilliams received a B.A. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where E.K. served as chair of the Associated Students of Madison and received a Letters and Science Senior Honors research grant to write a thesis in applied ethics.

Prior to joining Jenner & Block, McWilliams worked as chief of staff to a leader in the Wisconsin State legislature, and coordinated policy research, legislative strategy, media relations and constituent services.