Liz is a cum laude graduate of the University of Denver where she double majored in Journalism and Human Communication and received numerous University awards for outstanding academic performance in writing and speech.
Upon receiving her B.A., she attended and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. During her tenure at UM, she participated in mock trial competitions, underwent UM’s intensive litigation skills program, and worked as a Certified Legal Intern for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. She was a staff writer and copy editor for the law school newspaper and a student speaker finalist for her graduating class Hooding Ceremony.
Additionally, Liz was awarded a fellowship in youth law from the UM Youth Law Clinic where she advocated for the best interests of abused and neglected children. During her final year in law school, she completed a federal internship for the Honorable Norman C. Roettger, Senior Judge for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
Liz began her law career in 1998 in the trenches of criminal law, first as a felony staff attorney engaging in intense legal research and writing for some of Polk County’s most respected Circuit Court judges, and then as a prosecutor for the 10th Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office where she tried cases ranging from misdemeanors to life felonies. With these insights, Liz went into private practice where she specialized in criminal defense, family law, and appellate law for ten years, placing strong emphasis on motion practice and legal research and writing – the objective being to leave no stone unturned to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.
To expand her legal knowledge and experience, Liz made a unique career move in 2012 when she took a position as in-house counsel for a multi-corporation, multi-million dollar enterprise in Pinellas County. In this unique position, she gained extensive experience over the course of five years in corporate and business law matters including contract drafting, analysis and disputes, employment law matters, intellectual property identification, registration and oversight, administrative law, regulatory compliance, risk mitigation and liability exposure, and civil litigation.
Desiring to return to the courtroom and personal representation, Liz returned to private practice in January of 2017 and proudly offers her clients almost two decades of experience that includes extensive jury trial experience, significant motion practice and appellate law accomplishments, as well as complex business litigation, negotiation and problem solving skills.