Elizabeth M. Z. Timmermans Partner

Elizabeth is a commercial litigator who represents Fortune 20 financial institutions in individual and class action lawsuits nationwide. An experienced trial lawyer, she has first-chaired numerous trials to favorable verdicts.

Elizabeth represents business clients in pre-litigation advisory matters, internal investigations, complex class actions and multijurisdiction derivative litigation. She also manages appeals nationwide in state and federal appellate courts.

Elizabeth served as a summer law clerk to Judge Robert J. Conrad of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. She sits on the board of directors for the Wake County Bar Association and co-chairs the Wake County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Public Service Committee.

Elizabeth has been named repeatedly to Super Lawyers' "North Carolina Rising Stars" for business litigation.

Experience

Part of trial team defending Fortune 20 financial institution in 42 U.S.C. § 1981 case where former customer alleged that institution terminated the parties’ banking relationship based on the former customer’s ethnicity.  Team obtained swift jury verdict in favor of client.

Served as first-chair lawyer arguing federal motion for summary judgment in which borrower sued Fortune 20 financial institution alleging he had been denied a modification of his mortgage based on his disability.  The Court awarded full summary judgment on all claims in favor of client. 

Served as first-chair lawyer in bench trial where borrower alleged forgery of various loan documents and sought monetary damages and to rescind the mortgage.  Obtained verdict in favor of client.

Representation of Fortune 20 financial institution in a variety of mortgage origination and servicing related litigation. She has obtained numerous favorable rulings on motions to dismiss and for summary judgment and on appeals to federal and state appellate courts and has negotiated favorable settlements on behalf of the client.

Representation of Fortune 20 financial institution in litigation pertaining to clean up and restoration of buildings surrounding Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. She has taken a lead role in the case’s extensive fact and expert discovery and motions to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Served as first-chair lawyer arguing ten federal motions for summary judgment in which borrowers sued Fortune 20 financial institution alleging inflated appraisals induced them to purchase overvalued properties. The Court awarded full summary judgment on all ten motions.

Served as first-chair lawyer in bench trial where borrower alleged origination fraud counterclaims in an attempt to block a foreclosure action filed by Fortune 20 financial institution and obtained verdict in favor of client.

Provided defense for Fortune 20 telecommunications company in trade secret misappropriation lawsuit. The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina granted summary judgment in favor of the telecommunications client, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.

Served as part of criminal defense trial team for indigent client charged with attempted murder. Effectively persuaded jury to find client not guilty of attempted murder, and only of lesser included charge of assault.

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, JD, magna cum laude, Executive Issue Editor, Notre Dame Law Review, 2009
  • University of Notre Dame, BA, magna cum laude, 2004

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2017

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
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