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Areas of Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

B.A., cum laude, Clemson University

J.D., SUNY Buffalo Law School

Elizabeth represents both public and private sector employers regarding the full range of labor and employment-related issues. Elizabeth counsels management clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, health care, nonprofit and social services, long-term/nursing care, and food preparation, regarding their rights and obligations under various labor and employment statutes, including counseling them regarding wage and hour issues, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the National Labor Relations Act, and state and federal anti-discrimination laws. In essence, Elizabeth helps employers avoid costly and time consuming issues involving their employees and to resolve problems with those employees if avoidance proves impossible.

Elizabeth provides employment services to union and non-unionized clients regarding disciplinary action and terminations, defending discrimination claims, attending unemployment hearings, assisting with mass layoffs or reductions in force, drafting employment agreements and separation/severance agreements, and counseling clients about the application of various state and federal employment laws. She provides a wide range of labor services to union employers, including advice about negotiations, defending labor arbitrations, processing grievances, and general advice about navigating the union environment.

Elizabeth counsels European clients on a broad range of labor and employment legal issues related to expansion and acquisitions (due diligence) into the U.S. market.

Elizabeth also counsels school districts on a variety of topics, including negotiations with labor organizations, conducting discrimination investigations, teacher disciplinary issues, and general board of education governance.


  • Buffalo Business First's 40 Under Forty Award, 2011



Social Media

Elizabeth contributes to Hodgson Russ’s Employers’ Advisor and SchoolNET blogs. Her blog entries include:

Professional Associations

Elizabeth serves as a legislative liaison to the Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association (BNHRA), for which she provides its members with updates on developments and trends in labor and employment law. Elizabeth is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, New York State Bar Association, and Bar Association of Erie County.

Community & Pro Bono

  • Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy board of trustees; Chair of the Governance Committee to the board; Executive Committee Member
  • Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York Ambassador Program Steering Committee, Chair