Elizabeth is a versatile and skilled trial attorney who has focused on civil litigation at Peabody & Arnold since law school. She represents businesses and employers of all sizes in state and federal courts and administrative agencies in Massachusetts. Her experience includes significant first chair trial experience in several areas of the law, including the successful defense of employment discrimination, professional liability, and premises liability trials. Always practical and engaged, Elizabeth works as a team with her clients — giving straightforward advice in clear language — to reach successful outcomes from pre-suit advice through every stage of litigation. Her clients rely on her judgment and acumen to assist them throughout the litigation process, while opposing counsel appreciate her professionalism. In addition to her trial work, Elizabeth has appellate experience in both state and federal courts.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
United States Supreme Court
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 2000
Columbia University, Ph.D., 1991; M.A., 1987
Queen’s University (Canada), B.A., with honors, 1983
- Boston Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Lecturer, Boston University School of Law (2002)
- Firm Captain, Greater Boston Legal Services’ Associates Drive (2005-2007)
- Co-Chair, Professional Liability Committee, Litigation Section, Boston Bar Association (2008-2010)
- Ethics Committee Member, Boston Bar Association (2015-2019)
- Hearing Committee Member, Board of Bar Overseers (2014-2019)
- Ethics Committee, Co-Chair, Boston Bar Association (2019-2022)
- Author, Chapter 17, “Negligent Security,” in Massachusetts Tort Law Manual (MCLE, 3d Ed. 2021)
- Panelist, Ethical Challenges for Attorneys during COVID-19, Boston Bar Association (May 2020)
- Panelist, Ethics Presentation, Practicing with Professionalism Course, Boston Bar Association (Various Dates).
- Co-Author, “Using Joint Defense Privilege Agreements in Parallel Civil and Criminal Proceedings,” Defense Counsel Journal (October 2001).
- Co-Author, “Recent Developments Affecting the Liability of Professionals, Officers, and Directors,” 38 Tort, Trial & Ins. L.J. 585 (2003).
- Leary v. Archstone North Point, LLC, Middlesex Super. Ct. Civ. A. No. 2011-02495 (January 2016)(obtained defense verdict on negligent security claim in 7-day jury trial).
- Dumeus v. Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Middlesex Super. Ct. Civ. A. No. 2012-4633 (June 2015)(obtained defense verdict on national origin discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation claims in 8-day jury trial). This verdict was upheld on appeal. Dumeus v. Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 92 Mass. App. Ct. 1103 (2017) (Rule 1:28 Disposition).
- Nystedt v. Nigro, 700 F.3d 25 (1st Cir. 2012)(affirming dismissal of claims against court-appointed discovery master on qualified immunity grounds).
- O’Donnell v. Boggs, 611 F.3d 50 (1st Cir. 2010)(affirming summary judgment for employer on grounds that state law tortious interference claim completely preempted by Labor Management Relations Act).
- One to One Interactive, LLC v. Landrith, 76 Mass. App. Ct. 142 (2010)(reversing multi-million- dollar jury verdict against two individual company founders/clients on tortious interference claim, and remanding for new trial).
- Pansé v. Massachusetts, et al., 129 S. Ct. 912 (2009), 2009 WL 56231 (Mem.) (Jan. 12, 2009)(denial by U.S. Supreme Court of plaintiff’s petition for writ of certiorari where First Circuit had affirmed dismissal of all of plaintiff’s claims against multiple defendants for alleged civil rights violations, including ex-wife’s divorce attorneys).
- Rodi v. Southern New England School of Law, 532 F.3d 11 (1st Cir. 2008)(affirming summary judgment for law school on claims by graduate of fraudulent misrepresentation regarding accreditation).
- Martindale Hubbell AV (preeminent) Rating
- “Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2005-2008)
- Best Lawyers in America (2021; 2022)
Before practicing law, Elizabeth was a competitive figure skater in Canada, a professional ice show skater in Europe, and a college professor of French language and literature with an interest in women writers and the Occupation of France during the Second World War. She is fluent in French and still loves to travel.