Elizabeth A. Hutson Associate

Betsy is a litigator who helps clients solve business disputes, including contract and business tort matters. She also handles employment litigation, class action suits, and white collar litigation. Betsy practices in courts throughout the country, with a particular focus on state and federal courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Betsy has an active pro bono practice centered on civil litigation on behalf of human trafficking survivors. Most recently, she served as lead counsel on a team that won an unprecedented $8 million civil judgment in an anti-trafficking suit against a nationwide cult headquartered in Kansas.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Betsy was a law clerk for Judge Claude M. Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. While pursuing her law degree at The George Washington University Law School, Betsy was the Notes Editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board, Mock Trial Board and Alternative Dispute Resolution Board.

Betsy is active in her community. She sits on the Board of Directors for Theological Horizons at the University of Virginia and is a Douglass Fellow Mentor with the Human Trafficking Institute. She also serves as a member of the Young Lawyers Committee for the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia.

  • The George Washington University Law School, JD, cum laude, Notes Editor, Federal Communications Law Journal, 2013
  • University of Virginia, BA, Political Philosophy, Policy and Law, with High Distinction, 2008

Recipient, McGuireWoods Pro Bono Award, 2019

Recipient, McGuireWoods Excellence Award, 2018

Named to "Washington, D.C. Rising Stars," Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018, 2019

Recipient, Amara Legal Center’s Award for Pro Bono Firm of the Year, 2017-2018

Financial Times’ North America Innovative Lawyers Report, commendation in Rule of Law and Access to Justice category, 2017, 2018

Best Oral Advocate, National Religious Freedom Moot Court Competition, 2013

Presidential Merit Scholar, The George Washington University Law School, 2010-2013

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Panelist, "Pro Bono to Combat Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery," Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference, March 2019
  • Presenter, "Ross v. Jenkins: Civil Litigation on Behalf of Trafficking Victims," North Carolina Human Trafficking Commission Symposium, February 2019
  • Panelist, Civil Litigation to Combat Human Trafficking, January 2019
  • Presenter, "Corruption and Human Rights," George Mason Law School, October 2018
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