Erskine Wells, a Principal at BGR Group, heads the firm’s Commerce Practice and the Defense and Aerospace Practice. He joined BGR in 2011 after serving on the Hill for nearly a decade. At BGR, Erskine represents clients with interests in telecom, defense, transportation, financial services and appropriations before Congress, the Administration and state and local governments.
Erskine also has extensive experience leading coalitions in Washington. Working with Fortune 50 firm Caterpillar, he was instrumental in the successful launch of the Alliance for American Competitiveness and served as its Executive Director. Collaborating closely with Alliance members Honeywell, Dow, BNSF and UPS, Erskine led efforts to improve freight infrastructure throughout the United States by engaging policy makers at the local, state and federal levels. Through his efforts, the Alliance briefed the White House, Senate and House of Representatives on the role infrastructure plays in economic competitiveness.
As the co-chair of the Commerce practice, Erskine works closely with clients ranging from wireless and cable businesses to international electronics and global shipping companies. Erskine is known as a substantive policy expert with connections throughout government, who quietly delivers results for his clients.
Prior to joining BGR, Erskine served in the office of Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) in various capacities, including deputy chief of staff and military legislative assistant. Earlier, Erskine managed appropriations accounts for then-Rep. Roger Wicker’s office in the House of Representatives. In these positions, Erskine advised the Senator and Congressman on national security, defense, foreign policy, transportation, financial services and telecommunications, working closely with Committee staff and Administration officials.
During his time on the Hill, Erskine collaborated with the intelligence community and Congressional committees to create and fund the Center for Intelligence and Security Studies at the University of Mississippi, which prepares students for careers in intelligence analysis.
A graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, Erskine earned his master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife and two sons. Thanks to his boys and the pandemic, he has developed a new skill: patching drywall.