Elizabeth "Liza" Laughlin
Liza has represented a wide array of businesses and individuals in state and federal courts in a variety of disputes, including those involving breach of contract, enforcement of noncompetition provisions, declaratory judgment, consumer fraud, negligence, and environmental issues. Her recent work includes the following representative matters: (1) defending an agricultural products manufacturer in multimillion dollar class action litigation against cities, villages, and water companies that sued because the manufacturer’s product was present in the surface water; (2) defending a group of healthcare insurers in high-profile class action litigation against healthcare providers that sued over the insurers’ reimbursement rates and practices; and (3) representing a local meat manufacturer in an action for breach of contract, injunctive relief, and declaratory judgment.
Liza regularly handles all facets of litigation in both state and federal courts, including: (1) drafting pleadings, discovery, and substantive motions and briefs, such as motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and oppositions to class certification; (2) first-chairing depositions of individuals, corporate representatives, named plaintiffs in class actions, and expert witnesses; (3) conducting legal research on complex legal issues, and using research to find creative solutions for clients; (4) handling complicated discovery and e-discovery matters in cost-effective manner, and working cooperatively with opposing counsel to resolve discovery disputes; (5) overseeing the work of other associates, teams of staff and contract attorneys, and outside vendors; and (6) representing clients in mediation, and negotiating favorable settlements for clients.
Bar & Court Admissions
- Class Actions
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE)
January 2013 Liza co-authored the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s chapter on complex and multidistrict litigation.