Liz concentrates her practice in business litigation, handling matters at every phase from pretrial counsel to appeals. Liz not only regularly counsels clients in pre-litigation strategy, but also is frequently asked to pull upon her clerking experience to brief and prepare oral arguments for appellate cases in both state and federal courts.
She has researched and drafted legal opinions, memoranda and briefs on a diverse range of matters, including construction and design-defect laws, the Clean Air Act, Mineral Leasing Act, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the application of the Endangered Species Act in tribal lands, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) renewable fuels program, state and tribal jurisdiction of Native American child custody proceedings, education-related legislation and federal civil rights laws. Liz focuses her pro bono practice on assisting low-income clients fleeing gender- and political-based violence.
Before joining Shook, Liz served as an appellate law clerk to the Hon. Gregory A. Phillips, Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; the Hon. William W. Hood, III, Associate Justice for the Colorado Supreme Court; and the Hon. John R. Webb, Judge for the Colorado Court of Appeals. She also was a staff attorney for the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming.
In addition, Liz is a former staff attorney and pro bono coordinator for Equal Justice Wyoming, an independent division of the Wyoming Supreme Court, where she expanded pro bono programs to serve low-income individuals across the state; helped to launch Wyoming Free Legal Answers, an online platform with functions similar to a walk-in legal advice clinic; and supported research and policy initiatives of the Wyoming Access to Justice Commission.
Liz received her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law. During law school, she completed internships with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Interior and EPA. She also was a law clerk for the Native American Rights Fund in Alaska and served as a legislative fellow for Colorado Sen. Mike Johnston.
Liz remains actively involved in her community. She serves on the Alumni Council of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, the board of directors of the Wyoming Outdoor Council, and the Executive Council of the Denver Bar Association—Young Lawyers Division. She also has volunteered for more than a decade with the Colorado High School Cycling League to support youth mountain biking.
Before entering the legal profession, Liz was a high school teacher in California where she served as director of community involvement leading local, national and international service-learning trips for students and faculty. She received her B.A. with honors from the University of California, Davis, where she was a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Team.