Biography

​Lauren J. Elliot is a litigation partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of Gibson Dunn's Product Liability, Class Actions, Employment, Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation and Life Sciences Practice Groups.

Ms. Elliot represents clients in a wide range of industries and has extensive experience litigating complex, multi-party and multi-jurisdictional, high profile mass torts, commercial, employment and patent infringement cases in trial and appellate courts around the country.  Throughout her career, she has advised and defended pharmaceutical and biotech companies in cases involving a broad spectrum of products such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, asbestos, benzene, contraceptives, lead pigment, medical devices, NSAIDs, pesticides, transgenic crops and vaccines.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Elliot was a partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. 

Ms. Elliot graduated from Brown University in 1989 with honors (International Relations) and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993.  She is a member of the Committee on Drugs and Medical Devices for the Defense Research Institute, and served two terms as a member of the Product Liability Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Ms. Elliot is admitted to practice in New York.

Representative Matters:*

Mass Torts and Product Liability Litigation

Ms. Elliot directed a team of litigators who served as national trial and appellate counsel to Wyeth (now Pfizer) in its defense of close to 400 product liability litigations concerning neurological injuries (such as autism spectrum disorders) allegedly associated with the use of the preservative thimerosal in childhood vaccines.  She argued in courts around the country for Wyeth and presented and cross-examined expert witnesses in a two-week Frye hearing in which Wyeth successfully attacked plaintiffs' causation theories and the qualifications of plaintiffs' proffered expert witnesses.  Outside the courtroom, Ms. Elliot was responsible for responding to relentless and well-coordinated attacks by advocacy groups through the Internet and in the media.

Wage and Hour Class Action Litigation

Ms. Elliot has directed all discovery and pretrial efforts for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC") in multiple, separate wage-and-hour class action lawsuits in California and New York.  Commisso v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Index No. 650273/2013 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2013) (secured voluntary dismissal of case involving putative class of 3,800 unlicensed accountants in PwC's Assurance line of service asserting misclassification claim under New York labor law).  Campbell v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, No. 2:06-cv-02376-TLN-AC (E.D. Ca. 2006) (secured favorable resolution of case shortly before trial involving class of close to 2000 unlicensed accountants in PwC's Assurance line of service in California asserting misclassification claim under California labor law); Kress v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, No. 2:08-cv-00965-TLN-AC (E.D. Cal. 2008) (secured favorable resolution of misclassification claims under Fair Labor Standards Act of  nationwide classes of Associates in PwC's Assurance, Tax and Advisory lines of service); Adamov. v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, No. 2:13-cv-01222-TLN-AC (E.D. Ca. 2013).

Commercial Litigation

Ms. Elliot currently represents PwC against highly publicized fraud and breach of contract claims seeking hundreds of millions of dollars brought by the City of Los Angeles (acting by and through the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) in connection with the implementation of LADWP's new customer information system.  LADWP specifically alleges that PwC fraudulently induced it to enter into the professional services contract by misrepresenting its qualifications and experience.

She was lead trial counsel in a three-week bankruptcy court trial that successfully secured for her client its prior recovery (from a NY Surrogate's Court proceeding litigated by Ms. Elliot) of a multi-million dollar advance made in connection with a prospective joint venture.  No appeal was taken from the judgment of the Bankruptcy Court, which found in favor of Ms. Elliot's client on all issues. 

Intellectual Property, Licensing and Joint Venture Disputes

Ms. Elliot has litigated, tried and advised on patent infringement, trade secret and inventorship disputes for pharmaceutical, biotech and internet clients.

She has substantial experience representing and advising pharmaceutical companies in connection with disputes arising out of co-development, manufacturing and marketing agreements.  

She has represented clothing distributors in licensing disputes in state court and arbitration and has successfully defeated attempts to restrain the conduct of her client's business in the United States.

Publications, Speech Engagements & Programs

  • Lead author, “Food Litigation: The New Frontier,” New York Law Journal (GC Edition, July 8, 2010)
  • Lead author, “No Small Matter: Indemnifying Prescribing Physicians and the Issues that Must be Considered,” DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar (May 2005)
  • Guest Lecturer, Ethics: Discovery and Litigation, University of Chicago Law School (2008-2010)
  • Speaker, “No Small Matter: Indemnifying Prescribing Physicians and the Issues that Must be Considered,” DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar (May 2005)

* Representations occurred prior to attorney’s association with Gibson Dunn

Education

  • University of Chicago - 1993 - Juris Doctor
  • Brown University - 1989 - Bachelor of Arts

Admissions

  • New York Bar