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Elise is special counsel who has often litigated, complex, high value, and high exposure commercial disputes on behalf of her insurance carrier clients in both state and federal courts across the country.  She recognizes the need to incorporate innovative technological approaches into the resolution of those high value disputes and has significant experience in developing protocols to incorporate such technology.  Elise has demonstrated expertise litigating a multitude of commercial general liability claims including construction defect, environmental contamination, toxic torts, products liability, asbestos and transportation. 

Outside of litigation, Elise routinely advises client in order to achieve a desired objective whether that is providing advice related to coverage questions, developing strategies to avoid protracted litigation, analyzing several aspects of a policy, or strategizing to secure a favorable settlement. 

Elise has served as an adjunct professor for legal writing and appellate advocacy to second and third year law students at The John Marshall Law School.

Representative Matters

Gage County v. Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association, Case No. CI 17-0339 (Lancaster County, NE)  In a matter of first impression, obtained ruling for excess insurers that the date six wrongfully incarcerated individuals were first charged was the single date triggering their constitutional injuries, and that continuing constitutional wrongs into later insurance periods did not trigger new insurance for the $28.1 million malicious prosecution judgment.

Publications

"Is COVID-19 Contamination Considered Pollution under Liability Policies?" BatesCarey (March 31, 2020)