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Top 250 Women in Litigation

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Elizabeth Papez, a member of the Gibson Dunn’s litigation, appellate, and regulatory groups, is a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. She 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. Ms. Papez has been repeatedly named to Benchmark’s “Top 250 Women” list and has also been named 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.” 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.

Ms. Papez has 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. 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, and 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.

Updated July 2023