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C. Erik Gustafson

2318 Mill Road
Suite 1100
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone:  703.647.5902
Fax:  703.684.8075


As a trusted business advisor and legal counsel, Mr. Gustafson counsels the senior leadership at his clients about operations, governance, growth, and risk management. His clients include: technology and telecommunications companies, consulting firms, federal government contractors, associations, national and regional financial institutions, and insurance companies. He currently is the CEO of LeClairRyan, having previously served as the firm's Litigation Department Leader.

In the corporate practice, Mr. Gustafson counsels clients regarding their formation, growth and operations. His experience includes the development of business and non-profit entities; commercial contracting and vendor relationships; technology commercialization and licensing; product line and services development and risk management; regulatory analysis; general governance and process management; employment and personnel issues; strategic partnering and multi-party development and coordination; and strategic visioning and execution with client leadership.

In the business litigation and bankruptcy practice, Mr. Gustafson’s experience includes business disputes, workouts, creditors’ rights, Chapter 11 committee and debtor representation, bankruptcy litigation, financial institutions defense, insurance coverage and subrogation, and contract surety and fidelity bond claim matters. He has handled hundreds of business litigation, commercial collection and workout matters on behalf of commercial creditors and financial institutions seeking to collect upon or restructure financing and collateral arrangements, terms of sale or supply, and in extensions of existing or additional credit facilities. His bankruptcy litigation experience includes matters surrounding nondischargeability, objections to discharge, personal liability for corporate debt, lien validity and priority, conveyance liability, and challenges to claims. He has performed motion, trial and appellate work representing creditors, business debtors, creditors committees, officers and directors, and equity holders.

His business litigation experience also encompasses technology and licensing, commercial agreement and business tort matters. He has served as national or panel litigation counsel to commercial entities and insurance companies and sureties, as well as outside general counsel to technology companies and service providers. Mr. Gustafson has particular expertise in the technology, travel and airline industries.

Mr. Gustafson has extensive experience in leadership and administration. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the USLAW Network, and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors (2014-2015), a member of the Board of Directors, conference chair, program chair, and committee chair. He led the Arlington County Bar Association as its President, and served on its Board of Directors and as its Program Chair and Young Lawyers Chair.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Alexandria, Virginia, 2001–present
  • Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., Arlington, Virginia, 1996–2001
  • Ludwig, Pohlman & Gustafson, PLLC, Washington, D.C., 1995–1996
  • Foley, Hoag & Eliot, Washington, D.C., 1991–1995

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Arlington County Bar Association: Past President
  • USLAW Network: Member, Board of Directors
  • Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • Northern Virginia Bankruptcy Bar Association


  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® for Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation - Bankruptcy, 2010–2019
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star" in Virginia, 2014, 2016, 2017 & 2018

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  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1991
  • B.A., History and Government, College of William & Mary, 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court