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Elizabeth Papez, a former Justice Department official, is a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and a member of the Firm’s Antitrust, Appellate, Class Action, and Securities Litigation groups.
Ms. Papez is a seasoned litigator and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General with substantial experience representing pharmaceutical, financial services, and consumer product clients in class actions, appeals, and other complex disputes in federal and state courts.
In complex litigation Ms. Papez has particular expertise litigating jurisdictional, class, and market structure defenses in antitrust, securities, and complex contract actions. In this capacity she has worked directly with sales, trading and clearing personnel, IP and product development divisions, third party data providers, economists, and regulators on matters involving pricing, hedging, and execution of electronic financial transactions as well as pharmaceutical and manufacturing industry competition and standing-setting practices.
Ms. Papez also has substantial experience litigating significant appeals and government-facing matters including qui tam actions under federal and state False Claims Acts.
As a complement to her litigation work Ms. Papez has handled several regulatory proceedings before the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
Ms. Papez has been repeatedly recognized as one of Benchmark USA’s Top 250 Women in Litigation nationwide, which named her a “client favorite” who is “extremely smart and practical and very charismatic,” and is praised by peers as a “fierce, dynamic, bright, powerhouse of a litigator.” Ms. Papez is also recognized in The Legal 500 for her antitrust and appellate work, and is honored in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 and 2020 for her appellate practice.
Representative Matters – Class and Complex Commercial Actions
Representative Matters – Appeals
Ms. Papez has been honored for her advisory work with corporate general counsel, and regularly speaks before Congress and professional organizations on legal developments relevant to her practice. She is a Trustee of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee on Administrative Law & Regulation and Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court, a board member of the New Civil Liberties Alliance, and the recipient of an award from the Innocence Project for her pro bono defense work.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Ms. Papez was a partner at Winston & Strawn LLP, where she served as Co-Chair of the Financial Services Litigation Practice. She also served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Legal Counsel, and as a litigation partner at Kirkland and Ellis LLP.
Ms. Papez clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Judge Danny Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and received her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was the Supreme Court Chair and Notes Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
*Engagements prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Harvard University - 1999 Juris Doctor
Cornell University - 1995 Bachelor of Science
District of Columbia Bar