Treasurer; Shareholder; Director; Energy; Business Litigation
Liz serves on the firm’s board of directors and is a shareholder in the Minneapolis office, practicing in the areas of energy and business litigation. She is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive), focusing on complex contested matters for clients across many industries, and has successfully resolved financial disputes ranging from multi-million dollar acquisitions to regulatory rate proceedings.
Liz practices primarily in the following areas:
- Financial and accounting disputes
- Energy industry litigation, regulation and commercial transactions
- General complex commercial litigation
- Breach of contract and fraud
- Labor and employment litigation
- Appellate law
Liz consults on accounting and finance disputes across a range of industries. Her experience includes representation of:
- Global marketing services company in arbitration regarding its acquisition of a privately held company
- International distributor in litigation over its multimillion dollar acquisition of a privately held business
- Large utility defending against property damage and business interruption claims
- Corporate employer in pension accounting proceeding
- Various entities regarding damages calculation, potential accounting malpractice and financial viability issues
Energy and Environmental Litigation and Regulation
Liz assists her energy and utility clients in matters including contested case proceedings, contract negotiations and disputes, and environmental issues. Her experience includes representation of:
- Electric utilities in proceedings before Minnesota Public Utilities Commission regarding utility rates for electric service in Minnesota
- Utilities in litigation involving power line placement and potential public works interruption of utility service
- Companies in regulatory proceedings regarding transmission line permits and routing
- International businesses in private allocation of liability arbitration for a $100 million coal tar clean-up of sediments and land
- Successor to a railroad in both a regulatory dispute and liability allocation litigation involving an arsenic-contaminated property
- Multiple businesses in potentially responsible party (PRP) groups working with various federal and state agencies on environmental matters
Labor and Employment Litigation
Liz also has significant labor and employment litigation experience, including:
- Defense of a multinational business services organization in a whistleblower dispute involving alleged accounting fraud
- Representing a local airline in response to group unemployment compensation claims across 18 states
- Representing multiple employers in employee discrimination, whistleblower, breach of contract and collective bargaining disputes and appeals by employees
Liz’s appellate practice focuses on administrative appeals, a subject on which she has written and spoken. Her experience includes representation of:
- ALLETE, dba Minnesota Power, in appeal of an electrical rate case order to the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Minnesota Supreme Court (decision pending)
- Multiple Fortune 500 companies as amici curiae before the Minnesota Court of Appeals in age discrimination class action
- Various parties to appeals of unemployment compensation, divorce, criminal, and utility pole placement proceedings, among others.
Liz recently represented the plaintiffs in Hippert v. Ritchie before the 2011-2012 Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel. She previously served as legal counsel to the 2001-2002 Minnesota Special Redistricting Panel, advising on issues relevant to redrawing state legislative and congressional districts including election processes, demographics, criteria and possible new redistricting plans. In 2004, Liz co-authored, “Should Judges Get Out of Redistricting?” with Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Thomas J. Kalitowski for Bench & Bar of Minnesota.
Liz is admitted to practice before Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin state courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Minnesota State and Hennepin County Bar associations and Minnesota Women Lawyers, and has served two terms as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Professionalism Committee.
Liz is presently an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she teaches “Accounting for Lawyers.” She serves on the Board of Governors for the University of St. Thomas School of Law, the William C. Norris Institute Advisory Board, the board of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the board of Children’s Law Center. She has provided pro bono services as a Hennepin County guardian ad litem since 2001, advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
Liz has been listed multiple times as a “Minnesota Rising Star” in Minnesota Super Lawyers and as a “Future Star” in Benchmark Litigation. In 2009, she was selected as a “Woman to Watch” by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and was named one of Minnesota Lawyer’s 2006 “Up and Coming Attorneys.”
Liz received her B.A. in accounting and political science summa cum laude from the University of St. Thomas, where she was also an Aquinas Scholar. She successfully completed the Certified Public Accountant Examination in the State of Minnesota. Liz received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota School of Law, where she was lead note and comment editor of the Minnesota Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif. Liz clerked for the Office of the General Counsel, University of Minnesota, during law school and for the Honorable Kathleen A. Blatz, Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, after graduation.