Elizabeth Cooke Elsner

Liza Elsner's practice ranges from helping clients injured by acts of corporate negligence to seeking improvements in worker and environmental health and safety.


She is heavily involved in the firm’s role as consultants to South African human rights lawyer Richard Spoor in his effort to take on leading global gold producers and seek justice for tens of thousands of exploited gold mine workers who are suffering from silicosis. Few class actions have been brought in South Africa, and none have been filed for sick workers. If approved as a class, the suit would generate an unprecedented means of recovery for the country and ensure meaningful access to justice for the indigent and rural workers who are dying from this entirely preventable yet incurable disease.

Liza is also part of the team representing individual smokers and families of deceased smokers against tobacco manufacturers in the Engle-progeny litigation pending in Florida.

Liza has advocated for domestic violence victims' rights by participating in training programs and pro bono litigation. She served as articles editor for the South Carolina Law Review while a law student at the University of South Carolina School of Law and is a member of the Order of the Wig and Robe.

* Please remember that every case is different. Any result we achieve for one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

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  • J.D. cum laude, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1999
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995

Licensed In

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

  • U.S. District Court for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of North Carolina and District of South Carolina