Eric Ha serves as IJM's Chief People Officer & General Counsel, and leads the support functions that are principally responsible for the scale, development, care, and protection of IJM’s people and culture. He additionally oversees the global organization’s legal affairs, corporate governance, and enterprise risk management. Eric also serves as legal counsel and Corporate Secretary to the IJM Global Board of Directors.
Eric previously spent nearly a decade at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, where he managed large-scale commercial litigation, provided regulatory and strategic counseling, and conducted internal compliance investigations for major corporate clients. Prior to joining Sidley, Eric served as Advisory Counsel in IJM's Chennai field office, where he provided training for the Indian legal teams and worked on cases to rescue victims of forced labor slavery. He also taught constitutional law at the University of Miami School of Law, and served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Jorge A. Solis, Chief Judge of the Northern District of Texas.
Eric earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow. He lives in northern Virginia with his wife and three children.