Fierce Advocacy and Careful Consideration

ELIZABETH HANFORD

ASSOCIATE AT THE PRINZ LAW FIRM


Elizabeth Hanford is an experienced litigator in labor and employment and civil rights law and brings a passion for solving employment challenges to her work. She is a tenacious advocate for employees and their rights, but she also enjoys counseling employers on how to best create healthy work environments and support their workers. Elizabeth adds a unique outlook and skills to the firm’s practice.

AN EXPERIENCED ADVOCATE


Prior to joining The Prinz Law Firm, Elizabeth served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago in its Labor Division. She represented clients in disciplinary and discharge hearings, conducted workplace investigations, counseled various municipal departments, and responded to charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). She handled trial-style hearings from opening statement to closing argument, drafted appellate briefs, and made oral arguments on appeal.

Elizabeth also worked in the City’s Federal Civil Rights Division with a focus on litigation in the federal and state court systems. She handled at least twenty cases in active litigation at any one time. Always a strong advocate for her clients’ best interests, Elizabeth represented them in numerous settlement conferences to achieve positive resolutions. She has been involved in over fifty depositions and prepared for two jury trials.

While in law school, Elizabeth gained insight into judicial opinions and the decision-making process when she clerked for Northern District of Illinois Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan. She also interned at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office where she assisted in the preparation of federal appellate and Illinois Supreme Court arguments.

KEY PRACTICE AREAS


Elizabeth has wide-ranging experience in negotiations and litigation. Her primary practice areas include the following:

  • Race and sex discrimination claims
  • Disability discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Whistleblower claims
  • Family medical leave violations (FMLA)
  • Wage violations

Elizabeth also advises on non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements. She has experience litigating claims related to drug and alcohol testing, collective bargaining agreements, and employee personnel rules.

EDUCATION


  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2016
  • B.A., Loyola University Chicago, 2013

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS


  • CALI Award for Pretrial Litigation; Certificate in Trial Advocacy.
  • Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team: placed 5th out of 115 teams in Hong Kong, placed 2nd out of 20 teams in Shanghai, China, individually placed 7th out of 220 oralists, and received honorable mentions for Best Claimant Memorandum and Best Respondent Memorandum
  • Criminal Mock Trial Team: placed 5th out of 24 teams at the National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition in San Francisco, California.
  • Assistant Coach for Loyola’s 2018 Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot Team.
  • Assistant Coach for Loyola’s 2016 and 2017 Undergraduate Mock Trial Team.

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS


  • The Future of the United States Wet Foot-Dry Foot Policy for Cuban Immigration, 20 LOY. U. CHI. PUB. INT. L. REP. 152 (Spring 2015).
  • The Cold War of Cyber Espionage, 20 LOY. U. CHI. PUB. INT. L. REP. 22(Fall 2014).
  • Basecamp Demonstrates Why Businesses Must Carefully Handle Political and Social Discussions at Work
    Basecamp Demonstrates Why Businesses Must Carefully Handle Political and Social Discussions at Work
    Posted by Elizabeth Hanford

    Basecamp, a virtually unknown company to those outside the tech industry, burst onto front page news last month when approximately one-third of its ...

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  • Amit S. Bindra
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  • Laura Feldman
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    Poonam K. Lakhani ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
  • Laura Lefkow-Hynes
    Laura Lefkow-Hynes ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
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    Elizabeth Hanford ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
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    Amit S. Bindra

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  • Christina Hynes Mesco OF COUNSEL
    Christina Hynes Mesco

    An experienced business and employment law attorney, Ms. Mesco offers expert guidance to clients with employment and business-related needs. She frequently negotiates, drafts, and reviews employment, retention, non-compete, non-solicitation, equity, change-in-control, consulting, and other employment-related agreements and documents. Attorney Profile

  • Laura Feldman Of Counsel
    Laura Feldman

    A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and Stanford University, Laura is an accomplished litigator. She won a verdict against a Fortune Top 20 company after a seven-day jury trial for a woman who accused her employer of allowing a customer to sexually harass and stalk her. Laura has also delivered results for her clients by arguing and winning motions for contempt of court and for summary judgment. She has taken or defended over one hundred depositions. Attorney Profile

  • Poonam K. Lakhani ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
    Poonam K. Lakhani

    Ms. Lakhani is an experienced attorney who litigates in state and federal courts, including serving as second chair on a trial in state court, where she obtained an eight-figure verdict. Attorney Profile

  • Laura Lefkow-Hynes ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
    Laura Lefkow-Hynes

    Laura Lefkow-Hynes has concentrated her employment practice on championing the legal rights of people experiencing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, with a special focus on disability (especially pregnancy and psychiatric disabilities), gender, sexual harassment, and race status claims. Combining pragmatism, empathy, and strong lawyering skills, she is a fierce advocate for employees who have been unjustly targeted simply for who they are or because they reported unethical treatment or conduct. Ms. Lefkow-Hynes also provides expert guidance to business owners and management teams on how to best care for their employees and avoid potential legal claims. She assists the firm’s corporate clients in creating healthy, engaging, and prosperous workplaces.   Attorney profile

  • Elizabeth Hanford ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
    Elizabeth Hanford

    Elizabeth Hanford is an experienced litigator in labor and employment and civil rights law and brings a passion for solving employment challenges to her work. She is a tenacious advocate for employees and their rights, but she also enjoys counseling employers on how to best create healthy work environments and support their workers. Elizabeth adds a unique outlook and skills to the firm’s practice. Attorney Profile

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