Overview

Elizabeth joins the firm after a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Richard Smoak where she developed in-depth familiarity with state and federal law specific to employment litigation. She now defends management through litigation and before administrative agencies against discrimination, sexual harassment, and wrongful termination suits, among others. She also represents management in immigration related matters, including petitions for employment based non-immigration visas, employment-based immigration visas, and Form I-9 compliance.

Prior to clerking, Elizabeth graduated from the University of West Florida, with honors, and received her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, with honors. During law school, she served as the Executive Student Works Editor and on the Article Selection Committee of the South Carolina Law Review. Additionally, she studied transnational dispute resolution abroad at the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn, London, England, and prepared and filed bylaws, articles of incorporation, state and federal registration filings, 501(c)(3) filings, and business plans for clients in the nonprofit/tax exempt area of law.

Honors & Recognitions

  • CALI Award for Excellence: Criminal Procedure, Torts II, Health Law and Policy
  • Order of the Wig and Robe - recognizes students with the most outstanding scholastic records
  • Order of the Coif - recognizes students in the top 10% of their graduating class

Professional & Civic Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Central Florida Chapter, Secretary (2017)
  • Chester Bedell Inn of Court, Associate (2016-present)
  • Junior League of Jacksonville, (2016-present)
  • St. Andrew’s Bay American Inn of Court, Member (2013-2015)       

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Leme v. Southern Baptist Hospital of Florida. U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (3/29/2017). Summary judgement ordered in favor of defense
  • Hegde v. University of Florida Board of Trustees. U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (3/23/2017), Summary judgement ordered in favor of defense.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • “Trump’s First 100 Days, Employment Law & Other Changes,” presented with Brown & Brown Insurance, Paycor, and TD Securities, June 2017
  • “HR Compliance Impact with Washington’s First Moves,” ThinkHR, (presented with Nicole Quinn-Gato, Legal Editor of ThinkHR), March 2017
  • “Trump, What Does He Mean for Employers ('Believe me, It’s Going to be Huge'),” presented with Brown & Brown Insurance, February 2017
  • South Carolina Women are not Pre-Existing Conditions, 63 S.C. L. Rev. 949, 2012
  • "We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.”
  • Tim Berners-Lee

Practice Emphasis

  • Employment Based Non-Immigrant and Immigrant Visas
  • Form I-9 Compliance Audits
  • Analysis of Work Authorization Documents
  • Defense of EEOC and FCHR Charges
  • Employment Policy Formulation and Advice
  • Supervisory and Employee Employment Law Training
  • Gender Discrimination and Retaliation Investigations and Defense
  • National Origin Discrimination and Retaliation Investigations and Defense
  • Sex Discrimination and Retaliation, including LGBTQ issues, Investigations and Defense

Industries

Education

University of South Carolina School of Law

  • J.D., cum laude, 2013
  • CALI Award for Excellence: Criminal Procedure, Torts II, Health Law and Policy
  • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • Order of the Coif

University of West Florida

  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 2009 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida, 2013
  • Washington D.C., 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
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