Eric Lewis practices in the areas of international insolvency, cross border disputes, serious fraud and securities litigation. Mr. Lewis serves as Global Legal Coordinator for the Algosaibi family of Saudi Arabia, the victims of the largest fraud in the history of the Middle East. He has also served as counsel to the Liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation, the Liquidators of Madoff International Securities Limited, the Liquidators of Akai Electronics, the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Company, banks in South America and the Middle East, banking resolution entities in the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as hedge funds and family-owned Middle East conglomerates. He also represents a number of sovereign governments.
Additionally, Mr. Lewis represents Guantanamo and Afghan detainees in litigation seeking their release, challenging confinement conditions including hunger strike litigation and accountability for torture and religious abuse while in U.S. custody.
He has served as principal U.S. counsel to the liquidators of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) in multi-jurisdictional criminal and civil litigation. Mr. Lewis led the trial team that obtained a $1 billion fraud and racketeering judgment against a BCCI nominal shareholder and enforced the judgment through the courts of Saudi Arabia, the first non-Arab League judgment ever enforced in that country.
Mr. Lewis has particular expertise assisting European, Middle Eastern, and Latin American clients dealing with the complexities of U.S. civil and criminal proceedings. Previously, he has represented a large U.K. pension fund with respect to losses suffered in the collapse of WorldCom, a leading hedge fund in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation, the Executive Director of the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme in connection with United Nations and U.S. investigations. He has also been active in litigating fraud cases arising out of the global credit crisis.
An expert in offshore asset tracing and trusts, he serves as a Director of the Jersey International Business School in the Channel Islands. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and has lectured on legal topics at Oxford University and Yale Law School. He holds degrees from Princeton University (A.B.), University of Cambridge (Fulbright Scholar, M.Phil.) and Yale Law School (J.D.).
Mr. Lewis was selected by Washington DC Super Lawyers (2007-2015) and by Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (2009-13) as one of "The Top Attorneys" in Business Litigation in the Washington, D.C., area. He is also featured in Who’s Who as an expert in international insolvency. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker and other publications.