Throughout high school and college, Elizabeth’s grandpa continuously told her that she should become a lawyer because she liked to argue. She took his advice, but not because she necessarily liked to argue. Rather, arguing (or advocating, as is often the case in her practice) is simply a means to an end, that is, the “right” outcome for a particular issue or case.* With a sharp eye for detail, a naturally thorough and meticulous nature, and a tenacious drive to get a just result based on the particular facts of each case, Elizabeth helps a wide range of clients, from contractors, architects, and property owners, to suppliers, brokers, and municipalities, who are faced with construction, professional liability, or other complex civil claims, achieve their desired outcomes* – whether that be through motions, mediation, trial, or otherwise.

Elizabeth’s unique background and experience in the editorial and publishing industries prior to becoming a lawyer has equipped her with exceptional persuasive writing skills that aid in defending against claims such as breach of contract/warranties, negligence, unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud, indemnity and contribution, and legal malpractice. In addition to construction and professional liability defenses, Elizabeth also defends cases of premises liability, motor vehicle negligence, and other personal injury claims. She is also a member of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group, assisting businesses and other clients with transactional matters.

When asked where she is from, Elizabeth usually tells people that she is from “all over.” She was born in Maryland, spent her middle and high school years in Ohio, went to undergraduate school in Connecticut and law school in Virginia. Between graduating from Wesleyan University and starting law school at William & Mary, she also spent some time in Washington, D.C. and New Jersey.

Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys exercising and reading realistic fiction and memoirs, but mostly she spends her time trying to keep her two toddlers from hurting themselves and each other.

*Cases or matters referenced do not represent the lawyer’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.


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