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.

Liza was heavily involved in the firm’s consultation work for South African human rights lawyer Richard Spoor in bringing historic litigation: seeking justice for tens of thousands of gold mine workers suffering from silicosis. Few class actions have been brought in South Africa, and the litigation was the first of its kind filed for sick workers in the country’s history. A settlement was reached for injured miners and their dependents in May 2018, which if approved by the Court will provide meaningful compensation to thousands of gold mineworkers with silicosis. 

Liza was 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.


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

Awards and Accolades

2016 Trial Lawyers of the Year