Elizabeth M. Z. Timmermans

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  • 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
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  • 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

Elizabeth focuses on commercial litigation, particularly concerning financial services where she represents business clients in a variety of mortgage, banking and commercial litigation matters. Elizabeth also represents business clients in complex class actions and multi-jurisdiction derivative litigation. She represents several large financial institutions in matters relating to mortgages, reverse mortgages, and automobile loans, both in individual and class action lawsuits nationwide.

An experienced trial lawyer, Elizabeth has first-chaired multiple bench trials to favorable verdict and has been part of teams trying both civil and criminal matters to favorable jury verdict. Elizabeth has also argued substantial and complex motions in state and federal trial courts and state appellate courts.

Elizabeth served as a summer law clerk to Judge Robert J. Conrad for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. An active member of both the North Carolina Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association, Elizabeth is a Division Director for the Young Lawyers Division board for the North Carolina Bar Association and serves as Co-Chairperson of Public Service Committee for the Young Lawyers Division of the Wake County Bar Association. She has been named repeatedly to Super Lawyers' "North Carolina Rising Stars" for Business Litigation.

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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.

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

Co-author, "Justice Department Issues Guidance on Discovery," Business Crimes Bulletin, March 2010
Author, Has the Bowsher Doctrine Solved the Debate?: The Relationship Between Standing and Intervention as of Right, 84 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 1411, March 2009
Speaker, "The Politics of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," Current Legal Issues and Trends in Mortgage Origination and Servicing, Mortgage Servicing In-House Counsel Forum, February 4, 2016