Eric Williams

Managing Partner, Washington

The Surveyor

Eric Williams understands how to effectively position projects in the public eye and how to build and activate community and grassroots support. Eric utilizes his strong research skills and extensive experience in permitting, media relations and public positioning to present a clear-eyed view of the challenges and opportunities clients face. As dynamics unfold in the public affairs process, Eric continually provides key insights and analysis to guide the project through to success. For two decades, companies and trade associations have looked to Eric to help them successfully traverse the byzantine state and federal regulatory procedures that too often delay and even halt important projects. In addition to permitting policy and communications expertise, he is also a skilled researcher on topics and organizations critical to policy and natural resource debates.

Eric has guided companies needing consents for permits to mine critical and strategic minerals as well as oil and gas. Based in the firm’s Spokane office, but frequently travelling to sites across the western United States, he has also developed strategies to ensure clients get the best possible media coverage. Prior to joining Gallatin, Eric was a reporter with the Helena Independent Record and later The Montana Standard.

Born and raised in Central Montana’s renowned cattle country, Eric earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Montana. Eric lives with his wife near Spokane, and they have two grown children.

“Building relationships and a coalition of support is the groundwork for a successful project. Whether working with Monsanto to obtain the permits needed to continue to provide America’s farmers with Roundup, or helping Rare Element Resources become America’s primary producer of critical rare earth minerals, our approach is the same – be open and transparent, build a reservoir of genuine good will early, and tell your story.”


Federal & state environmental policy
Agriculture issues
Coalition building
Stakeholder research
Mining & natural resources


Reporter, Helena Independent Record & Montana Standard
Consultant, Environomics, Inc.
Two-Term Trustee, Northwest Mining Association/American Exploration & Mining Association

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