Elizabeth K. Hanford has broad experience in advising and defending employers in all aspects of labor and employment law including employee discipline, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, contract disputes, wage and hour, and civil rights. Elizabeth routinely appears before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies.
Before joining Littler, Elizabeth provided advice and counsel on business formation, operating agreements, articles of incorporation, employment contracts, and employee handbooks while at a boutique law firm. She also worked in local government, obtaining favorable results in labor arbitrations and complex litigation in federal and state courts. Elizabeth has successfully handled numerous depositions, settlement conferences and negotiations, dispositive motions, and discovery disputes.
While in law school, Elizabeth served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Samuel Der-Yeghiayan, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, interned for the City of Chicago and Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and held the positions of writer and editor for the Loyola Public Interest Law Reporter. She was a member of the Criminal Mock Trial Team, reaching the semifinals in a national competition. She was also a member of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court team, receiving Honorable Mention for Best Oral Advocate in an international competition held in Hong Kong.