Highly regarded litigator and advisor, Elizabeth P. Papez, will join Winston & Strawn as a partner, the firm announced today.
Papez recently served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and as law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She was also a former appellate and commercial litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and is experienced in Executive Branch and private practice. Additionally, her perspective on the judiciary and top-level appellate work is rare.
As Deputy Assistant Attorney General from 2007 to 2009, Papez advised senior officials at the White House and Executive Branch agencies on a wide range of legislative, regulatory, and enforcement matters concerning financial regulation, national security, intellectual property, and other areas now governed by, among other things, the recently-amended False Claims Act (FCA), the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Financial Reform Act, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Health Reform Bill), and the Foreign Investment & National Security Act (FINSA). She also testified and briefed members of Congress on matters concerning pharmaceutical and intellectual property regulation, government contracting, and whistleblower rights, and represented the United States in several federal appeals before working on a wide range of current legal issues and trends at the Supreme Court.
As a litigator at Kirkland from 2000 to 2007, Papez represented corporate clients in appellate, commercial, and regulatory matters involving federal and state constitutional questions, complex commercial and procedural issues, antitrust, securities, and bankruptcy-related disputes, corporate and consumer fraud, contract, and product claims, and trade and telecommunications regulation. Prior to entering private practice, Papez served as a research analyst in the National Security and International Affairs Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as law clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
In today’s press release at PR Newswire, Thomas Frederick, chair of Winston’s Litigation Department, was quoted as saying: “Elizabeth brings a truly exceptional blend of experience and legal skills gained from her positions in both the public and private sectors.”
Papez earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was editor of the Harvard Law Review and articles and symposium editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology. She earned a B.S., summa cum laude, from Cornell University.
Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 900 attorneys among 14 offices in Beijing, Charlotte, Chicago, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, New York, Newark, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C. The firm serves the needs of enterprises of all types and sizes, in both the private and the public sector.