Elizabeth’s national practice is focused on high-stakes investigations, employment litigation, and counseling. Much of Elizabeth’s time is devoted to helping clients navigate the many complexities of time-sensitive and high-risk workplace investigations involving allegations of misconduct against senior and executive-level leaders. In addition, Elizabeth often partners with attorneys in our White Collar and Government Investigations practice group to bring employment law expertise to their investigations and other matters.
Elizabeth is an accomplished litigator with experience defending companies against claims brought under various non-discrimination laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the National Labor Relations Act, state and federal wage and hour laws, and whistleblower laws. Elizabeth also represents clients in non-competition and trade secret disputes. She frequently advises clients on issues involving employee discipline, discharge, reductions in force, leave and accommodation issues, employment agreements, and compliance with all three titles of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Prior to joining McGuireWoods in 2017, Elizabeth was a trial attorney in the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, enforcing the ADA. She also completed two federal clerkships, one at the appellate level for Chief Judge Edward E. Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and one at the district court level for Judge Orinda D. Evans of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Elizabeth serves as the Vice President of the Virginia Equality Bar Association (VEBA) and is an active member of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia and the National LGBT Bar, where she was recognized as a one of the 40 Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 in 2020. Elizabeth is a 2023 Fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), an LCLD mentor for law students, and over the years has volunteered her time to many social justice organizations.
Elizabeth graduated with High Honors from Emory University School of Law, where she was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow and served as a Notes & Comments Editor for the Emory Law Journal. Before attending law school, Elizabeth spent six years in sales and marketing for various companies.
- Completed hundreds of investigations involving sensitive allegations against senior- and executive-level employees for two of the nation’s largest banks and other public and private companies.
- Led and directed numerous investigations involving allegations of misconduct directed at senior leaders of colleges, universities, K-12 public and private schools, and other non-profit organizations.
- Successfully represented clients across industries (including healthcare, professional sports, and retail) in multiple ADA Title I, Title II, and Title III matters, including pattern or practice lawsuits brought by the U.S. Department of Justice.
- Obtained jury verdict in age discrimination lawsuit in Georgia federal court, and successfully defended the verdict on plaintiff’s appeal to the 11th Circuit.
- Obtained summary judgment in multiple discrimination lawsuits in various federal courts.
- Principal author on appellate briefs for cases in the 4th Circuit, 11th Circuit, 9th Circuit, and D.C. Circuit. Completed oral argument in the 9th Circuit case.
- Obtained favorable settlements and outcomes for numerous clients in discrimination, harassment, FMLA, and wage and hour lawsuits.
- Obtained favorable settlements and/or injunctions for various clients whose employees violated restrictive covenants, misappropriated trade secrets, and/or violated related legal duties.
Emory University School of LawJD
Order of the Coif, with High Honors, Notes & Comments Editor, Emory Law Journal2013
magna cum laude, with High Honors2004
Member, Stonewall Bar Association
Member, National LGBT Bar Association
Board Member, Virginia Equality Bar Association
- Author, 5th Circuit Reverses ADA Class Certification Because the Class Is Not Ascertainable, Class Action Countermeasures, February 2, 2023
- Author, New Tennessee and Alabama Laws Restrict Employer COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, November 16, 2021
- Author, Website Accessibility and the ADA: 11th Circuit Offers Guidance, But How Much Will Change?, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 15, 2021
- Author, DOJ Announces Plan for Coordinated Civil Rights Response to COVID-19, Subject to Inquiry, April 6, 2021
- Author, U.S. Supreme Court: Title VII Protects Gay and Transgender Employees, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, June 16, 2020
- Author, Virginia Enacts New “Wage Theft Law,” Creating Private Right of Action for Unpaid Wages, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 28, 2020
- Author, Virginia Adds Legal Provisions to Combat Worker Misclassification, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 27, 2020
- Author, Virginia Continues Sweeping Employment Reforms, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 23, 2020
- Author, Virginia Adds LGBTQ Protections to Anti-Discrimination Law, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 14, 2020
- Author, Between Judgment and Law: Full Faith and Credit, Public Policy, and State Records, 62 EMORY L. J. 639, 2013
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law – Management, 2022-2024; Litigation – Labor and Employment, 2024
2023 Fellow for Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD)
Named to “Best 40 LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40,” National LGBT Bar Association, 2020
Named to “BEQ Pride 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40,” Business Equality Network, 2020
- Hon. Orinda D. Evans, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 2013-2014
- Hon. Edward E. Carnes, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 2014-2015