Erica G. Perel

Of Counsel

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 DHS/TSA Commendation for Excellence in Privacy Law
  • 2016 TSA Chief Counsel Excellence Award
  • 2013 OGC Award for Transportation Security Law

Erica G. Perel, Esq. is Of Counsel and leads the public sector FOIA contracting group for MA. Ms. Perel has extensive C-Suite executive level managerial experience administering the staffing, case volume and process demands required to operate complex governmental Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) support services effectively and efficiently. She has substantial experience working on Privacy Act and related privacy matters.

Ms. Perel has more than sixteen (16) years of experience within the Federal government. She has gained extensive experience as counsel to the DHS Chief FOIA Officer and as a TSA Senior Counsel and (acting) Assistant Chief Counsel in the General Law Division, Information Law Section handling FOIA, Privacy Act and privacy-related matters in coordination with the FOIA and privacy analysts, and the TSA Privacy Office. Ms. Perel has an extraordinarily strong understanding of the numerous FOIA legal and operational issues.

Ms. Perel has practiced at the highest level in matters involving FOIA and Privacy Act matters including the DHS coordinated response to Hurricane Katrina. She has attended numerous FOIA training courses and maintains a working knowledge of the changing FOIA and Privacy Act legal landscape.


  • J.D., cum laude, Washington College of Law, American University
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Admitted In

  • New York
  • Massachusetts

Professional Activities

  • DHS Office of General Counsel Leadership Development Program, 2017.
  • TSA Investigations Office, Legal Instructor.  Conducted annual training on the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments for TSA criminal investigators and inspectors, including use of force, administrative subpoenas and search and seizure issues, 2008-2011.

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