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Overview

"I invest personal time, up front, in getting to know my clients. Understanding their short- and long-term goals – and staying apprised of legal trends impacting their business – allows me to offer informed, reliable advice whenever they require it."

Liz is an advocate and sounding board for clients looking to avoid or manage workplace disputes. She advises business owners and management on a broad range of employment law concerns, including non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, wage and hour law, discrimination, retaliation, family and medical leave, wrongful discharge, and disability accommodations. 

Liz also provides day-to-day human resources counseling, partnering with employers to develop effective policies and creative solutions for handling employment law-related matters. She ensures clients have a strong foundation for managing workplace challenges – drafting and revising workplace policies and handbooks; preparing and enforcing employment contracts; and handling employee terminations and reductions in force. 

When disputes escalate, Liz aggressively defends her clients through all phases of litigation, including mediation, settlement conferences, motions practice and trial in both state and federal court, and post-trial matters.

Liz graduated magna cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she was awarded the Charles T. Norman Award for the best all-around graduating student. While in law school, Liz served on the University of Richmond Law Review and had the honor of interning for the Honorable David J. Novak and the Honorable Henry E. Hudson in Virginia’s Eastern District.

Recognition

Selected as "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" in Richmond for Commercial Litigation and Construction Law, Best Lawyers in America, 2021-2022

Appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Board for Service and Volunteerism, 2017

Charles T. Norman Award, University of Richmond School of Law, 2018

  • Best Law firms 2021
  • Best Law Firms 2022

Experience

Experience

Employment

Draft and negotiate Non-Compete, Non-Solicit, and Non-Disclosure Agreements.

Draft and negotiate employee separation agreements and employee handbooks for clients in diverse industries.

Draft COVID-19 workplace safety policies, vaccine policies, and vaccine exemption request forms.

Represented employers in the construction industry in an FLSA collective action involving overtime pay and joint employer status.

Successfully settled a disability discrimination lawsuit related to drug testing in Eastern District of Virginia for environmental construction company.

Obtained dismissal of unfair labor practices charge before the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of a medical facility.

Successfully enforced a Non-Compete Agreement for a physician and practice owner.

Secured favorable settlement of disability discrimination claim related to telework accommodations at an EEOC mediation. 

Commercial Litigation

Successfully defended a general contractor against defamation claims brought by employee of subcontractor.

Obtained a permanent injunction, monetary damages, and attorneys’ fees in trademark violation litigation against data harvesting company.

Obtained six-figure attorneys’ fees judgment for industrial water supply company client in Western District of Virginia.

On behalf of a public energy company, obtained favorable result in a highly technical certified question case before the Virginia Supreme Court.

Perspectives

Speaking Engagements

Publications

Blog Posts

Community

Community

Professional Affiliations

Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association

Richmond Bar Association

Federal Bar Association, Richmond Chapter

Virginia Equality Bar Association

Business and Civic Organizations

Governor’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism, Member and Past Chair

Virginia Service Foundation, Board Member and Past Chair

Reynolds Paralegal Advisory Board

Name Change and Gender Marker Change Legal Clinic, Pro Bono Volunteer

CancerLINC, Pro Bono Volunteer – Employment Counseling

Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, Fellow

Beyond the Law

Beyond the Law

Growing up in rural Bedford County, Virginia, Liz developed a love of the outdoors. An avid rock climber, though now she gets her thrills in the courtroom. Moving to Richmond in 2012, Liz found a love for both politics and community volunteering. While studying at University of Richmond Law, she founded a bi-partisan political discussion group, and she can often be found asking anyone and everyone if they’re registered to vote at their current address.

Liz’s ideal weekends are those spent enjoying the city’s restaurants and breweries with her husband, Brandon, her daughter, Lucia and her little terrier mutt, Ernie. Liz and Brandon love traveling to new places and visiting their old favorites, including Smith Mountain Lake and the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas.

University of Richmond School of Law, J.D.

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Winner, Charles T. Norman Award for Best All-Around Graduating Student
  • Assistant Online Editor, University of Richmond Law Review
  • McNeill Law Society
  • Order of the Coif

Lynchburg College, B.A., Philosophy and French, magna cum laude

  • Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit 
  • French
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