Elizabeth A. Livingston

Elizabeth A. Livingston is a Senior Associate in Griesing Law, LLC’s ADR & Commercial Litigation practice group.

What do you focus on?

My practice focuses primarily on assisting clients to understand and protect their businesses, and to provide assistance with risk management and operational matters.

What do you see on the horizon?

Coming Soon.

Biography

Elizabeth is a litigator with extensive experience representing a wide range of clients from public and privately-held corporations to government entities to small businesses and nonprofit organizations with particular expertise in handling all aspects of e-discovery in complex litigation cases.  Elizabeth brings her litigation and conflict-management experience to bear on business advisement and transactional matters in addition to partnering with clients on how to navigate legal processes, develop case strategies, settle when appropriate, and craft pragmatic policies and practices for effective business and risk management.

Elizabeth has represented clients across a wide spectrum of industries including transportation, food distribution, franchise, medical device design and manufacturing, pharmaceutical, education, counseling and coaching, real estate, insurance and financial services industries.  She regularly advocates for her clients in pleadings and motions, at depositions, at arbitration, and in administrative hearings and trials.  Elizabeth works with clients to understand and protect their businesses, and to provide assistance with risk management and operational matters.  She has drafted commercial leases, licensing agreements, website terms of use and privacy policies, conflict of interest policies, and corporate governance documents, among other transactional agreements.

Elizabeth also assists business owners and management personnel with employment issues. She has represented multiple clients in employment discrimination litigation, including successfully defending employers against claims of race discrimination, disability discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation. This experience has helped inform the employment-related advice that she provides to clients, including recommending hiring and firing procedures, drafting and revising employee handbooks, drafting independent contractor/consulting/work-for-hire agreements, navigating wage payment and collection matters, crafting severance agreements, and considering potential liability relating to employment practices.

In the real estate industry, Elizabeth has experience managing the Keystone Opportunity Zone application and tax exemption approval process for hundreds of business entities operating in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Through this work, she negotiates with representatives from the City and State Departments of Revenue and the State Department of Community and Economic Development.

Outside of the Firm, Elizabeth is involved in many civic organizations including serving on the Planning Committee for Preakness at the Piazza, an event that benefits the National MS Society, and as a Group Leader with Philadelphia Diner en Blanc, an organization that celebrates Philadelphia’s historic spaces and embraces spontaneity with a pop-up picnic. She has also held a Board Member position for the Walnut Club as their Vice President of Finance and remains an active member of the organization. Elizabeth graduated from Young Involved Philadelphia’s 2015 Board Prep Program and was chosen to participate in the Forum of Executive Women’s 2016 Mentoring Circle Program. She was also accepted into the Legal Council on Legal Diversity’s 2016 Fellow Class. Lastly, Elizabeth has been recognized as an emerging leader in the profession, having been chosen as a 2016 Lawyer on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer, a 2017 Rising Star in Business Litigation by Super Lawyers and included in the 2018 Best Lawyers list for Labor & Employment Litigation.

Contact

215.501.7845

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Education
  • Rutgers School of Law, Camden, J.D.
    – Hunter Moot Court Champion, Journal of Law & Religion, Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team Member
  • The University of Delaware, MA
  • The College of New Jersey, BA, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Awards
  • Best Lawyers, 2018
    – Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2017
    – Pennsylvania – Business Litigation
    – Honor bestowed on no more than 2.5% of Pennsylvania lawyers
  • The Legal Intelligencer Lawyers on the Fast Track, 2016
    – Included in the annual listing of young Pennsylvania lawyers based upon demonstrated quality of legal work
Community Involvement
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
    – Fellow, 2016-2017
  • The Walnut Club
    – Member, 2016-2017
    – Board of Directors, Vice President of Finance, 2016
  • MS Society Preakness at the Piazza
    – Planning Committee Member, 2014-2017
  • Philadelphia Diner En Blanc
    – Group Leader, 2015-2017
    – Table Host, 2014
  • Forum of Executive Women
    – Mentoring Program, 2016
  • Young Involved Philadelphia
    – Board Prep Program, 2015
  • Mercer County Bar Association
    – Volunteer Lawyer, 2012-2013
  • The Drueding Center
    – Co-Chair of Law Firm Partner Silent Auction Committee, 2010-2011
  • The Anti-Defamation League
    – Coach for High School Debate Students, 2009-2010
Training and Publications
  • “How Does the ‘Stray Remark’ Defense Stand After ‘Single Slur’ Ruling?” – Author, The Legal Intelligencer, August 2017
  • “The State of Sexual Orientation Discrimination Under Title VII” – Author, The Legal Intelligencer, June 2017
  • “Defense Contractor Slapped with Multimillion Dollar Judgment for Age Discrimination” – Author, New Jersey Law Journal, April 2017
  • “Bi-State Tax Reciprocity Agreements” – Author, Philly / South Jersey Biz, January 2017
  • “Catching Fire: Galaxy Note 7 Prompts Analysis of Post-Sale Duty to Warn” – Co-Author, New Jersey Law Journal, December 2016
  • “Dig Deeper: Why the FLSA’s New Overtime Requirements May Impact Your Bottom Line” – Author, Philly Biz, March 2016
  • “What Every CEO Needs to Know About Attorney-Client Privilege” – Collaborator, The Most Important Corporate Law Lessons for CEOs, ExecSense, 2012
  • “Dealing Effectively with Bullies, Rulebreakers and Unprofessional Adversaries: How to Balance Vigorous Advocacy with Ethical Constraints” – Co-Author, National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms Annual Meeting – Atlanta, October 2012
  • “Alternative Dispute Resolution: Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel” – Co-Author, Thompson Reuters/West, 2000-2011; revised 2010
  • “The U.S. Supreme Court’s Pliva, Inc. et al. v. Mensing Closes the Courthouse Door to People Who Take Generic Drugs – For Now” – Co-Author, imPact Times, September 2011
  • “The Federal Arbitration Act: Parties Must Proceed with Caution During Arbitrations” – Co-Author, The ADR Advisor, Spring 2009
  • “Proceed with Caution: The Fluctuating State of ‘Manifest Disregard of the Law’ as a Ground for Vacatur” – Co-Author, The ADR Advisor, Fall 2008
  • “A Bright Line Points Towards Legal Compromise: IRS Condoned Lobbying Activities for Religious Entities and Nonprofits” – Co-Author, The Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion, Spring 2008

Media Clips

  • How Does the ‘Stray Remark’ Defense Stand After ‘Single Slur’ Ruling? October 11, 2017 - Read More
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Pittsburgh’s Powerful Nonprofits: Elizabeth A. Livingston September 11, 2017 - Read More
  • Internet Pirates Hit Treasure Trove of Consumer Information In Equifax Security Breach By Elizabeth Livingston September 8, 2017 - Read More

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