Loyola University Chicago
1986 - 1988
2333 Dunmore Drive ▪ Darien, IL 60561
Phone: 312-953-2671 ▪ Fax: 630-427-1763
Licensure: Licensed to practice in the State of Illinois and before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar; numerous pro hac viceadmissions throughout the United States.
EXPERLEX, LLC, Darien, IL 2009
EXPERLEX is a boutique Business Law & Litigation Law Firm located in west-suburban Chicago, DuPage County, representing entrepreneurial individuals as well as small businesses and mid-sized businesses. As the name implies, EXPERLEX’ mission is to provide expert business law advice and excellent quality legal work product, at reasonable fees, in the context of personal service and the highest ethical standards.
As a business and dispute resolution attorney with 20 years of experience in thee international law firms and a Fortune 500 legal department, Elizabeth now brings the training in technical excellence and effective business negotiation strategies out of the high-priced global law environment and into the economic realm accessible to middle market and start-up companies.
Meckler Bulger & Tilson, LLP, Chicago, IL 2007 to 2008
Of Counsel, Member of the Legal Fee Audit and Commercial Litigation Practices
§ Handled complex commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters nationally.
§ Conducted in depth analysis and accounting of attorneys’ fees petitions and other complex fee disputes to determine value returned and evaluate results obtained.
§ Prepared expert reports assessing the reasonableness of fees and costs in various litigation and arbitration forums in prevailing party fee shifting cases where fees and costs alone range from $1 million to $400 million.
Motorola Inc., Schaumburg, IL 2006
Provided premier full-spectrum management of commercial and government litigation portfolios.
§ Conducted in-depth legal analysis that included case evaluation and potential commercial impact of pending litigation.
§ Focused on minimizing legal risk and controlling legal costs.
§ Identified potential liabilities, defended pending actions, and aggressively pursued appropriate IP and commercial counterclaims.
§ Reduced litigation expense by conducting early case assessments and developing effective strategic plans.
§ Collaborated with and managed outside counsel to establish results-based billing arrangements and achieve cost-efficient litigation results, seeking creative economical settlement resolutions whenever possible.
§ Received excellent performance review and performance-based share award.
DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, LLP, Chicago, IL 1997 – 2006
Litigation and Trial Partner
Provided consistently excellent representation of Fortune 500 and middle market clients as an active member of national and international litigation practice groups.
§ Represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including class action suits; multi-district litigation; multi-jurisdictional consumer fraud claims; professional malpractice claims; misapplied RICO liability theories; product liability and national consumer recall issues; corporate control contests; and franchise system/securities issues.
§ Represented the interests of carriers in primary and multi-layer liability matters, and reinsurers in treaty disputes.
§ Strategically coordinated ongoing commercial litigation with related insolvency proceedings in several jurisdictions.
§ Represented (in matters of public record) clients, including Nestle, The Hartford, UPS, AON, Mail Boxes, Etc., Baxter International, Allegiance, Trans Union Corporation, Tricon Foods, Salerno Foods, Taco Bell, Outsource Temporary Staffing, Quest Diagnostics, FINOVA Capital Corporation, Queens Health Systems and many others in federal, state and ADR forums.
§ Conducted evidentiary injunctive proceedings, jury and bench trials, and administrative proceedings before FTC, IDHR, and other governmental agencies.
§ Resolved complicated, high stakes matters through all facets of ADR.
§ Served as featured speaker on a variety topics, including e-commerce and electronic discovery liability trends, the role of effective ADR proceedings and diversity-in-the-work-place issues.
§ Designed and presented training seminars for professional audiences, including Motorola, AON, Fireman’s Fund, The Tribune Company, Meredith Corporation, DePaul University and ABA Section of Litigation.
Katten Muchin & Zavis, Chicago, IL 1992 – 1997
Litigation Associate/Trial Partner
Developed commercial litigation practice representing large and middle-market corporations in contract, fraud, consumer fraud, securities, product liability and blood component liability matters, as well as proxy battles and other corporate control contests.
§ Represented high profile clients in matters of public record, both nationally and internationally, such as McDonald’s, Farley Industries, Fruit of the Loom, LifeSource and Snap-on Tools Corporation.
Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago, IL 1989 – 1991
Junior litigation associate in telecommunications/commercial litigation practice that broke up AT&T
§ Researched legal issues furtherance of developing theories.
§ Drafted hundreds briefs in support of pretrial motions, trial proceedings and decisions on appeal.
§ Managed large scale document reviews and organized paralegal resources.
Law & Politics Web Magazine, Illinois Super Lawyer Award 2005 – 2006
Law & Politics Web Magazine, Illinois Super Lawyer Award 2004 – 2005
2005 POWER: Women’s Networking Event, Featured Speaker 2005
LexisNexis Applied Discovery, Inc., Advisory Board of Directors, Founding Member 2003 – 2005
Illinois Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch 2002
ABA Section of Litigation Annual Meeting, Program Speaker 2000
Co-Chair, National Conference of Women in Litigation 1996