Elizabeth F. Tyler Associate

Liz represents companies and individuals across industries in government and internal investigations, civil litigation and white collar defense. Her practice spans investigations and enforcement actions by government agencies, including the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorneys general and state prosecutors.

Liz is a member of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Litigation Department, which was recognized by Law360 as a Practice Group of the Year. She performs confidential internal investigations and advises clients on the risks of criminal prosecution and regulatory enforcement actions. She also conducts interviews in connection with government investigations into alleged sales practices issues, securities fraud, quid pro quo schemes, and other financial misconduct.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Liz clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak of the Eastern District of Virginia participating in settlement conferences across all areas of complex civil litigation, including antitrust, constitutional, contractual, and consumer protection claims. She also interned for U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson of the Eastern District of Virginia and Judge Marla G. Decker of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

During law school, Liz was a John Marshall Scholar and served as an articles and comments editor for the University of Richmond Law Review and as chancellor of the Walter Scott McNeill Law Society.

Liz worked as a deputy clerk in the Henrico County General District Court from 2008-2013.


Representation of a major energy company in investigations and enforcement actions advanced by state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Defense of a large telecommunications company against alleged violations of the FCA in connection with national economic stimulus grant to expand broadband fiber networks.

Representation of a major financial institution in enforcement actions by the OCC related to sales practices.

Representation of a national political organization in multiple, simultaneous lawsuits in federal and state court to ensure the integrity and constitutionality of the electoral process in a federal election.

Representation of current and former executives throughout federal investigations into alleged misconduct, including antitrust violations and fraud.

Advised pharmaceutical company on the fiduciary duties of directors and officers to the corporation and shareholders in connection with significant corporate transactions.

Advised companies on legal, ethical, and compliance considerations related to the role of in-house counsel, attorney client privilege, and the work product doctrine.

Prepared for and participated in dozens of court-ordered settlement conferences while clerking for U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Novak.

Managed extensive e-discovery processes, including in defense of a large telecommunications company in a qui tam action brought by a relator pursuant to the False Claims Act.

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • University of Richmond School of Law, JD, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Articles and Comments Editor, University of Richmond Law Review, 2016
  • University of Delaware, BA, Criminal Justice, minor in French, Honors, 2007
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