Elena N. Liveris

Elena N. Liveris

Associate
Location:
Evanston, Illinois
Phone:
312-263-0272
Fax:
312-263-2942
Email:

Elena represents clients in complex and multi-plaintiff cases. She has served as co-counsel in several class action lawsuits, including recently in In re JPMorgan Stable Value Fund ERISA Litigation, a case that resulted in a $75 million settlement for 401(k) plan participants who alleged that JPMorgan imprudently invested their retirement savings. She also served as co-counsel in Tracey v. Mass. Inst. Of Tech., an ERISA fiduciary breach case in which employees and retirees alleged that MIT’s retirement plan overcharged participants and offered poorly performing investments. The parties reached a preliminary settlement in 2019 for $18.1 million as well as nonmonetary relief for the plan participants.

In addition to class litigation, Elena represents individuals in employment matters including discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, harassment, and wage disputes, among others, in state and federal courts as well as through pre-litigation efforts.

Elena received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and graduated with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law where she was Executive Articles Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review. While in law school, she served an externship with Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

After law school, she joined an international law firm, Winston & Strawn, LLP, honing her advocacy skills, and after a short time went to work on behalf of indigent workers at the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center in San Francisco. Since then, she has worked to advance plaintiffs' rights.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Discrimination & Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Whistleblower
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Class Actions
  • ERISA

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2009
  • Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Education

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2008
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Recipient of four CALI awards
    • Law Review: Chicago-Kent Law Review, Executive Articles Editor
    • Law Review: Seventh Circuit Review, Associate Editor
  • Northwestern University
    • B.A. - 2004

Published Works

  • Impala v. Commission: Changing the Tune of European Competition Law, 83 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 497, 2008
  • Lost in Cyberspace: A Call for New Legislation to Fill the Black Hole in Information Privacy Law Following Pisciotta v. Old National Bancorp, 3 Seventh Circuit Rev. 658, 2008

Past Employment Positions

  • Cooper & Mora APC, Associate, 2010 - 2013
  • Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Volunteer Attorney/Law Clerk, 2009
  • Winston & Strawn LLP, Associate, 2008 - 2009
  • Hon. Joan B. Gottschall, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Extern, 2006