Eric Cottrell leads the firm's Business Litigation and Government Investigations practice group. He is a seasoned litigator in both civil and criminal matters and has been lead counsel in multiple jury trials. He divides his practice between white collar criminal matters and commercial litigation. He is also a member of the Public Company Growth & Compliance group.
Eric represents businesses that are the subject of government inquiries, and he conducts internal investigations into allegations of corporate misconduct. He has particular experience in managing complex Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations and advising companies on FCPA compliance matters. He recently concluded a federal grand jury investigation related to alleged FCPA violations. He successfully obtained a declination letter from the Department of Justice, formally closing the matter with no penalties or fines. Eric also handles government investigations and qui tam litigation relating to the False Claims Act for clients in the health care and defense industries.
In addition, he has significant experience advising companies on complying with U.S. export control laws and investigating and disclosing violations to federal authorities. He has conducted numerous internal investigations involving alleged violations of the ITAR, EAR and OFAC regulations, including alleged exports to Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan. Eric advises companies on how to assess anti-corruption and export compliance risk and design cost-effective compliance programs. Additionally, he works with companies to identify other areas of compliance risk (such as antitrust, anti-money laundering, etc.) and coordinates with other Parker Poe specialists to create comprehensive, enterprise-wide compliance plans and provide compliance advice related to those other areas of regulation.
In his commercial litigation practice, Eric represents public and private entities in shareholder litigation, commercial contract disputes, financial services and securities litigation, trade secret litigation and product liability defense. He has served as trial counsel for companies in federal and state court and has often litigated in the North Carolina Business Court. He also has extensive experience in managing complex and time-sensitive electronic discovery matters.