Erin R. Schrantz is co-chair of the Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice and a member of the firm’s Monitorship Practice. She represents clients across a variety of industries in investigations and complex litigation, and partners with her clients to conduct pragmatic compliance risk assessments into corruption, fraud, #meToo and other compliance risk areas. She specializes in monitorships, cross-border investigations into financial crimes and potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and developing comprehensive compliance programs and cultural reforms that reflect an organization’s values. She has published and lectured on a variety of topics, including effective corporate compliance programs, internal investigation strategies, compliance strategies for international joint ventures, and risk-based and data-driven audit techniques.
Ms. Schrantz was recognized by Crain’s Chicago as one its 2021 “Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting and Law” and one of its “Notable Women in Law” in 2020, and by Global Investigations Review as one of the top 100 worldwide “Women in Investigations” in 2018.
At Jenner & Block, Ms. Schrantz serves on the firm’s Management Committee, Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee, and is a former co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Forum. She has twice received the Mentor Award from the firm’s Associates Committee. As part of her active pro bono practice, she has first-chaired a jury trial for a client charged with first-degree murder and argued two direct appeals before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, successfully vacating her client’s sentence of life imprisonment.
Ms. Schrantz’s engagements have included:
- Currently leading the compliance team for the Court ordered Monitor of The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (United Auto Workers), following an agreement between the government and the UAW to resolve civil and criminal liability of the union through a consent decree. The agreement calls for a monitor to help carry out the mandates and goals set forth in the consent decree, which requires the monitor to work in several areas, including overseeing the union’s elections, its overhaul of its compliance and control functions, and to investigate and seek the removal of union officials who engage in certain types of misconduct.
- Led the compliance team for the Monitor of Credit Suisse AG following the bank’s $715 million settlement with the New York Department of Financial Services, part of a broader $2.6 billion settlement that involved the US Department of Justice and federal regulators.
- Led global FCPA compliance risk assessment in 25 countries throughout South America, Asia and Europe and worked with Chief Compliance Officer to revamp global anticorruption compliance program.
- Served as one of the team leaders conducting an investigation and producing an internal report to the board of directors for General Motors Company (GM) with regard to events leading up to certain recalls stemming from faulty ignition switches. In a 70-day period, a multidisciplinary team collected and searched in excess of 41 million documents and records and conducted more than 350 witness interviews. The firm team coordinated GM’s response to several federal agencies and Congress.