Erika Ross Gee
Erika Gee is a member of the firm’s Government Relations Practice and a former Chief of Staff and Chief Deputy in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office. Since returning to Wright Lindsey Jennings in 2015, she has put her years of experience as general counsel for state agencies and licensing boards to work assisting clients in resolving their regulatory and administrative disputes with state government. She also represents clients in government relations matters, including advocacy and policy development with state agency officials, the Attorney General’s Office and the Executive and Legislative branches of government.
Pharmacy Regulatory Practice
While an Assistant Attorney General, Gee spent nearly seven years as general counsel and prosecutor for the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, where she developed strong expertise in pharmacy regulatory matters. A large part of her practice is now focused on representing national, regional and local pharmacies, wholesale distributors, pharmaceutical manufacturers and individuals in licensure and disciplinary issues involving the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy. She also represents clients in administrative disciplinary matters before boards of pharmacy in other states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and North Carolina, in enforcement actions by the DEA and in investigations of 503A and 503B compounding pharmacies by state boards and the FDA.
As a former Chief Deputy Attorney General, Gee has a great deal of experience in working with state agencies and representing clients with regulatory and administrative issues. Since late last year, she has been actively involved in the implementation process for medical marijuana. In early 2017, she advocated for the interests of her clients during rulemaking by the three different state agencies involved, as well as lobbying for and against bills during the legislative session. As a result, she is very familiar with all of the requirements and preferences of the state regulators. She is now advising her clients with strategic decisions on their business plans and assisting with the drafting and presentation of their applications to maximize merit-based scores by the Medical Marijuana Commission.
As a state-registered lobbyist, Gee regularly drafts legislation, monitors and tracks pending legislation, and advocates for and against legislation and regulations with the General Assembly and administrative agencies. She has been actively involved in legislative matters for a number of years. Prior to returning to private practice, Gee served as Chief of Staff for the Arkansas Attorney General and was responsible for handling policy issues, legislative strategy and relationships with the members of the General Assembly and other state and federal government officials. She also served on the Attorney General’s Legislative Team as an Assistant Attorney General, where she analyzed, monitored and testified for and against pending legislation.
Administrative Agency Practice
Gee also represents clients in a variety of regulatory and compliance matters throughout state government. She has served as legal counsel to numerous state agencies, boards and commissions, including the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, Pension Review Board, Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board, Arkansas State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors, Arkansas Teachers Retirement System, Arkansas Insurance Department, Arkansas Bank Department, State Office of Procurement, State Board of Nursing and Health Services Permit Agency. This experience allows her to simplify and streamline the resolution of her clients’ licensure and regulatory issues with state agencies.
Gee regularly serves a speaker and author on compliance and legislative topics. She is a frequent contributor on political and regulatory issues for Arkansas Business and other publications and she is a columnist for ARRx, published by the Arkansas Pharmacy Association. She has served as editor of several publications from the Wright Lindsey Jennings Government Relations Practice, including the Legislative Seminar handbook, which you can download here, and the 2015 Arkansas Legislation Summary of Selected Acts.
- How Arkansas Will Implement Medical Marijuana
- How Arkansas' 2 Medical Marijuana Proposals Differ
- After 2014 Vote, A New Regulatory Landscape for State Agency Rules
- Inside Arkansas' Options for Managed Care in Medicaid
- Health Task Force Meeting Could Bring Clarity on Managed Care in State
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- Ins and Outs of the Substance Abuse Reporting Act
- Checks and Balances
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- Hiring and Training to Prevent and Detect Diversion
- How to Prevent and Detect Diversion, Part 1: Site Security
In 2016, Gee was appointed Commissioner for the Pulaski County Property Assessed Clean Energy Board by County Judge Barry Hyde and was selected as a Woman to Watch by Soiree Magazine. She is a member of Class XI of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Arkansas, the Arkansas Society of Professional Lobbyists, the American Society for Pharmacy Law, the Arkansas Pharmacy Association and the Bar Associations for Pulaski County, Arkansas and America.