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Elizabeth Papez is a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice and partner in Gibson, Dunn’s litigation, appellate, and regulatory groups. Most recently in 2022, Ms. Papez has been named to Benchmark’s “Top 250 Women” list where selection is based on “individual litigators’ professional activities as well as client feedback surveys.” Benchmark USA had also 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, by The Best Lawyers in America 2019 –2023 for her appellate practice, and most recently as one of Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Litigators in America”.
Ms. Papez has particular expertise litigating high-stakes complex commercial and class actions, appeals, and parallel government enforcement matters involving securities, antitrust, and consumer deception claims primarily in the financial services, healthcare, and technology sectors. She has successfully led both the defense and prosecution of several high-exposure matters, and has extensive experience working with economic experts and business personnel to craft powerful legal and factual narratives that resonate with courts and regulators.
As a complement to her litigation work Ms. Papez has also handled substantial aspects of complex federal regulatory proceedings. Notably, she has handled data-driven presentations addressing the impact of market concentration and alleged monopolization in regulated healthcare and technology markets, horizontal market collaboration and information sharing on liquidity and risk mitigation central to financial services platforms, and securities, competition, and consumer protection inquiries from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Food & Drug Administration, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
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. In 2020 Ms. Papez was appointed as a public member of the Administrative Council of the United States (ACUS). 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, serves on various boards, and received an award from the Innocence Project for her pro bono defense work.
Ms. Papez clerked for the United States Supreme Court and 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 Editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Harvard University - 1999 Juris Doctor
Cornell University - 1995 Bachelor of Science
District of Columbia Bar