Erin R. Schrantz is a litigator with experience in white collar investigations, corporate compliance, and complex commercial disputes. In her white collar practice, Ms. Schrantz leads internal investigations for both publicly-held and private corporate clients in a variety of industries. Her investigations range from alleged FCPA violations and financial crimes to accounting and healthcare fraud. She has represented clients in DOJ, SEC, and Congressional proceedings, and led international investigations and compliance reviews. As a compliance counselor, Ms. Schrantz works with clients to conduct global risk-based compliance assessments, develop effective compliance strategies, and meet their obligations under consent decrees. In her civil practice, Ms. Schrantz represents clients in a range of matters in state and federal court at the trial and appellate court levels. She has litigated high-stakes disputes, including matters involving complex financial instruments, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and consumer fraud class actions.
Ms. Schrantz is a litigator and member of the firm’s Investigations, Compliance and Defense Practice. She has published and lectured on a variety of topics, including internal investigation strategies, compliance strategies for U.S. joint ventures in China, risk-based compliance audit techniques, and attorney-client privilege issues.
The National Law Journal named Ms. Schrantz a "Chicago 40 Under 40" in 2013. Illinois Super Lawyers has identified her as a "Rising Star" in Business Litigation and Benchmark Litigation identified her as a “Future Star in Illinois."
Ms. Schrantz is a former co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Forum and a member of its Steering 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 a sentence of life imprisonment. She has also represented clients pro bono in employment discrimination, political asylum, child custody, and First Amendment defamation cases.