Overview

Elizabeth A. Lalik represents employers with respect to high profile or high risk matters spanning all aspects of employment law, whether executive compensation or discrimination claims, unfair competition, equal pay issues, or retaliation and whistleblowing claims (including EEO and False Claims Act retaliation). Beth successfully minimizes risks for her clients and resolves matters through both pre-litigation strategy (including complex and/or sensitive internal investigations) and litigation. Her practice resides in the Virginia/D.C./Maryland region but she has prevailed in courts up and down the Eastern seaboard.

Beth regularly represents international, national, and regional clients in the consulting, government contracting, technology, financial services, utilities, and health care industries. Recent examples of her publicly available first-chair litigation work include:

  • Allen v. Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.:  Won complete early dismissal of case alleging breach of contract, violation of the D.C. Wage Payment and Collection Act, violation of the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Act, negligent misrepresentation, and promissory estoppel in D.C. District Court and the D.C. Circuit.
  • Eke v. Maxim Healthcare:  Won complete early dismissal of New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act and wrongful discharge claims.
  • Rachael Burnett v. Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.:  Prevailed on demurrer in Virginia Circuit Court in harassment case alleging negligence and constructive wrongful discharge.
  • Schlisserman, Cook, and Pereira v. PA Consulting Group, Inc.:  Obtained complete dismissal of case on preliminary motion to dismiss and then motion for summary judgment in New York Supreme Court, Commercial Division, in case initially filed by three plaintiffs including female executive’s claims of breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.
  • Barnett v. PA Consulting Group, Inc.:  Prevailed on motion for summary judgment in D.C. District Court with respect to female executive’s claims of gender and age discrimination.
  • Bennett v. Sage Payment Solutions, Inc.:  Won jury verdict following four day trial on executive’s claims of breach of employment contract, interference with prospective employment, and restrictive covenant claims, and prevailed on plaintiff's appeal to Supreme Court of Virginia.

Beth speaks regularly before client and other audiences regarding a myriad of employment law issues, from recent state efforts in the paid leave and background check arenas, to government contracting issues, to FMLA and ADA concerns, to retaliation and whistleblowing issues, to complex internal investigations.

Before joining Littler, Beth was a partner at an AmLaw 100 national law firm.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Member

Hispanic Bar Association of Washington, D.C

Recognition

Named, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Labor and Employment

Washington, D.C.

The Best Lawyers in America©

2018

Named, The Best Lawyers in America©

2009-2019

Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA

2004-2018

Named, Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor Law

Virginia and Washington DC

Super Lawyers

2009-2013 and 2015

Named, Rising Star in Employment and Labor Law

Virginia

Law & Politics

2007-2009

News, Analysis & Press

Anti-trafficking Regulations Impose New Obligations on all Federal Contractors

Westlaw Journal Government Contract

July 20, 2015

Calif.: Salaried Exempt Employees May Be Required to Use PTO for Partial Day Absences

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

August 11, 2014

Lawyers Say HR Must Be Aware of ADA, FMLA When Considering Leave Requests

Bloomberg Law, Bulletin to Management

December 3, 2013

Books & Book Chapters

  • Employment Law in Virginia, Virginia CLE Publications, FMLA Chapter, 2016
  • Employment Law in Virginia, Virginia CLE Publications, FMLA Chapter, 2010

Speaking Engagements

Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make

Tysons Corner, VA

September 20, 2018

The Next Wave: Pay Equity Laws

SHRM Richmond, VA

February 13, 2018
Conducting Lawful Workplace Investigations

Tysons Corner, VA

November 16, 2017
Emerging Issues Under FMLA, ADA, and Workers Comp

Tysons Corner, VA

September 28, 2017

Whistleblowing/Retaliation

2017 Mid-Atlantic Employer Conference, Washington, D.C.

June 6, 2017

What Lurks Beneath: Conducting Effective Investigations of Workplace Issues

26th Annual Employment Law Update Seminar

May 2017
The Next Wave: Pay Equity Laws

Tysons Corner, VA

November 16, 2016
What's New in Sick Leave: Your Annual Check-Up

Tysons Corner, VA

October 19, 2016
Conducting Lawful Investigations: Facing New Challenges, Refining Your Techniques and Avoiding the Common Pitfalls

Tysons Corner, VA

September 21, 2016
2016 Mid-Atlantic Employer Conference

Washington, DC

June 7, 2016
Effectively Handling Leave & Accommodation Issues Under the ADA

Tysons Corner, VA

May 24, 2016

Government Contracting: The Frontlines of Future Employment Policy

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 4, 2016
Privacy in the Workplace: When Asking for Information May Be Worse Than Not Knowing the Answers

Tysons Corner, VA

November 18, 2015
Effectively Handling Leave & Accommodation Issues Under the ADA

Tysons Corner, VA

October 21, 2015

Employment Law Update

2015 Mid-Atlantic Employer Conference

Littler Mendelson, Washington D.C.

June 25, 2015
New Year, New Focus: Our Suggested Top HR Resolutions for 2015 (including a few targeting government contractors)

Tysons Corner, VA

December 16, 2014
Privacy, Social Media, and HR Policies: NLRB and State Law Developments

Tysons Corner, VA

November 19, 2014
The Interplay of the FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation Laws

Tysons Corner, VA

September 16, 2014
Navigating the Maze of Employee Leaves of Absence: Practical Guidelines for ADA and FMLA Compliance in Light of Recent Legal Developments

Tysons Corner, VA

November 20, 2013

Email, Social Media, and Investigations

Employment Law Program and Luncheon

Littler Mendelson, McLean, VA

December 12, 2012
Managing Legal Risk in the Use of Hiring Screening Tools

Tysons Corner, VA

October 17, 2012

Hiring, Disciplining, and Firing: A Soup-To-Nuts Review of What You Can and Can’t Do Overseas, International Employment Law 2012

PLI, New York, NY

June 2012

Implementing Best Practices and Staying Out of Trouble When Hiring and Firing Employees in the [Latin American] Region

The Global Employer - Latin America Conference

Littler Mendelson, Miami, FL

February 2012
What's Next? Looking Into the Crystal Ball

Tysons Corner, VA

December 14, 2011

Best Practices for Cross-Border Employment Agreements

Global Employer Institute - Littler Mendelson, Washington, D.C.

November 3, 2011
The Employee From Hell

Tysons Corner, VA

October 19, 2011
The Great Digital Communication Migration

Tysons Corner, VA

October 21, 2010

The Great Digital Communication Migration: Understanding the Impact of Social Media, Smartphones and Texting

2010 Executive Employer® Conference - Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

April 2010
Status of the Reform Agenda: Update on Federal Developments in Year One of the Obama Administration

Tysons Corner, VA

December 8, 2009

Employment Law Tsunami - Riding the Wave in 2009

18th Annual Employment Law Update - Virginia CLE

2009
The Gathering Storm

Tysons Corner, VA

December 11, 2008

Managing Employees in the European Union: Challenges Across E.U. Borders

Global Employer Forum

April 2008

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1993
  • B.S., Cornell University, 1990

Bar Admission

District of Columbia
Virginia
Massachusetts

Courts

  • District of Columbia Superior Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina