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Elizabeth A. Dooley is an associate in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She practices in the firm’s Litigation Department and is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment, Appellate and Constitutional Law, and Class Actions practice groups. Ms. Dooley has successfully represented clients across state and federal trial and appellate courts. Her practice focuses on appellate and labor & employment matters.
Ms. Dooley’s appellate experience includes arguing before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as writing briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court, and California Courts of Appeal. From 2013-2014, Ms. Dooley clerked for the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and from 2015-2016, Ms. Dooley clerked for the Honorable Michele T. Friedland, also of the Ninth Circuit.
Ms. Dooley’s labor & employment experience includes extensive motions practice at the trial court level and appellate work in both state and federal courts—including taking matters directly from a successful dispositive motion in a trial court through defense of the same on appeal. Ms. Dooley’s experience also includes litigating putative class actions and collective actions in federal courts, including in cases involving alleged discrimination and alleged independent contractor misclassification. In addition to litigation experience, Ms. Dooley is well versed in EEOC matters, having handled responses to numerous EEOC charges. She has also participated in sensitive internal investigations involving high-level employees and has helped shepherd clients through several successful mediations of employment matters.
Ms. Dooley also handles matters which affect her corporate clients that are outside the scope of her primary areas of focus, including securities work, derivative lawsuits, and arbitrations concerning contract disputes. Finally, Ms. Dooley is committed to her pro bono work, which has included, among other matters, representing clients in three separate Ninth Circuit appeals over the past several years, successfully opposing certiorari to the Supreme Court on behalf of another client, and advising a non-profit entity on its employment policies.
Ms. Dooley earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 2013, where she was a member of the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic and the Stanford Community Law Clinic. While in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Ms. Dooley was part of the four-student team that worked on United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. 744 (2013), Edith Windsor’s successful challenge to the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, for which the Clinic served as co-counsel to Ms. Windsor. Ms. Dooley also served as co-president of the law school’s LGBT organization at Stanford.
Ms. Dooley received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 2007, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Dooley taught high school English in South Los Angeles through Teach for America while earning her M.A. in secondary education from Loyola Marymount University.
Ms. Dooley currently serves on the Leadership Development Committee of the Northern California chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. She previously served on the boards of the Aids Legal Referral Panel and Stanford Pride, Stanford University’s LGBT alumni organization.
Stanford University - 2013 Juris Doctor
Loyola Marymount University - 2009 Master of Arts
Princeton University - 2007 Bachelor of Arts