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Government Experience

  • Department of the Treasury—Counselor (2016-17) and Senior Advisor (2014-16) to the Under Secretary for International Affairs
  • Department of State—Attorney Adviser for Treaty Affairs (2012-14) and Human Rights & Refugee Affairs (2009-12), Office of the Legal Adviser


  • Emory University, B.A. (2000)
  • Stanford Law School, J.D. (2004) with distinction


  • District of Columbia
  • New York
Erik Woodhouse, Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2554
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Erik Woodhouse is a counsel in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s International Trade Group, where he advises clients on compliance with U.S. economic sanctions, anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) laws and regulations, and anti-corruption/anti-bribery laws and regulations. Erik works with clients on all aspects of these regimes, including developing and assessing compliance programs, conducting internal investigations, managing conflicts between U.S. and foreign regulations in these areas, and advising on the risks posed by potential acquisitions or new ventures. 

Erik is a seasoned international lawyer with experience across international finance and economic policy, energy investment, human rights, internet policy, and complex international disputes, negotiations, and agreements. He served as a senior aide to the Under Secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, working on key international economic priorities from financial crises and bilateral assistance to regulatory cooperation and cybersecurity in the financial sector, as well as on U.S. engagement at the G7/G20 and other multilateral forums. During this time, he also worked on sanctions programs, including those addressing Russia and North Korea, and the first sanctions authority targeting cybercrime. Prior to this, Erik served as an attorney at the State Department, where he advised the department on a wide range of bilateral and multilateral negotiations, worked with the Department of Justice on litigation involving international law, and counseled policymakers in areas including internet freedom, business and human rights, U.S. and international treaty practice, international criminal law, and transitional justice. 

Earlier in his career, Erik worked as a project finance attorney and litigator, as a law clerk to the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as a research fellow at Stanford University’s Program on Energy & Sustainable Development. Erik’s original research examining risk management in cross-border infrastructure investment has been published in the Stanford Journal of International Law, New York University Journal of International Law & Politics, and by the World Bank.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York


Client Alerts & Newsletters

  • "The Month in International Trade – December 2017," International Trade Bulletin (January 12, 2018). Contacts: John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Robert Holleyman, Melissa Morris, Evan Yu, Michelle J. Linderman, Charles De Jager, Amanda M. Simpson, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Erik Woodhouse