Overview

Elysia represents and advises employers in all aspects of employment law. Her experience includes representing employers in state and federal courts and before various administrative agencies in litigation involving claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, wage and hour violations, and other statutory and common-law claims arising from the employment relationship.

Additionally, Elysia has deep experience counseling clients regarding day-to-day employment decisions and issues, such as employee discipline, terminations, severance, FMLA and other leave laws, disability accommodations, and COVID-19-related workplace concerns. She provides employers with practical and business-forward advice on critical human resources issues, with an emphasis on preventive litigation practices and implementing policies and best practices that avoid workplace disputes and resolve employee relations problems.

Prior to working at Constangy, Elysia practiced in boutique law firms, representing Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial and family businesses, educational institutions, and public sector employers in a wide range of civil issues, including government and internal investigations, commercial litigation, and labor and employment matters.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Network (2017-2020)
  • National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 list (Illinois, 2020)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • National Employment Law Council
  • Black Women Lawyers' Association
  • Equip For Equality Young Professionals Board (2017-2019)
  • "It is our responsibility to explain to the public how an often unpredictable system of justice is one that serves a productive, civilized, but always evolving, society."
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Practice Emphasis

  • Defense of EEOC and Administrative Charges
  • Employment Policy Formulation and Advice
  • Internal and Government Investigations/Defense
  • General Day-To-Day Guidance for Employers

Education

Georgetown University

  • J.D., 2012

Harvard University

  • B.A., 2007

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
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