Elisabeth J. Lee

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Associate Elisabeth Lee Garrison Levin-Epstein

Biography

Elisabeth J. Lee joined Garrison, Levin-Epstein in 2018 as an employment and civil rights advocate. From 2016 to 2018, Lizzie served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Lizzie’s primary functions as a judicial law clerk were researching, writing, and advising Judge Bryant on complex federal and state legal issues. The cases assigned to Lizzie involved a variety of employment law issues, including discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, disability, and age; sexual harassment; hostile work environment; discrimination and retaliation for taking medical leave; and collective bargaining agreement disputes. She also assisted in several jury trials, including a two-month long criminal trial and an employment discrimination trial.

Before her clerkship, Lizzie worked at a corporate law firm in Boston. She was a member of the trial team that won a complete acquittal on federal health care fraud charges after a month-long trial. She also served as a lead attorney on two pro bono cases. Lizzie is proudest of her legal advocacy on behalf of a minor seeking immigration status and relief from deportation, and she won an oral argument before a state court trial judge and facilitated her client’s ability to participate openly and meaningfully in her community.

Lizzie earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was the Co-Founder of the Berkeley Immigration Group, a member of Board of Advocates Trial Team, and the Berkeley Journal for Criminal Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in Comparative Ethnic Studies. Her undergraduate education focused on the complexities of race relations in the United States, and she views it as the foundation for her constant pursuit of social justice and equal rights.

Lizzie speaks Spanish and looks forward to using her skills in her employment law practice.

Outside of the law, Lizzie enjoys volunteering with New Haven’s Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS), where she helps organize pick-up soccer on the weekends. She also loves to play tennis and ultimate frisbee, explore the great outdoors, grill all year round, and cook Korean food.

Lizzie is licensed to practice law in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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Associate Elisabeth Lee Garrison Levin-Epstein

Elisabeth J. Lee joined Garrison, Levin-Epstein in 2018 as an employment and civil rights advocate.

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During a very difficult employment situation, I was referred to Joe Garrison. Recognizing the volatile and time sensitive nature of my employment situation, Mr. Garrison met with me immediately (on the weekend no less). He listened to the details of my case, was able to think through possible creative solutions to offer the employer, and was responsive to my myriad of questions. He understood my concerns about litigation versus settlement, and he worked to find the best resolution possible. I am grateful to have had his support at a very difficult time. —J.C., New Haven, CT

Ethan Levin-Epstein represented me during a most painful and challenging crisis in my personal and professional life. Seeing me within 24 hours of being referred, his support and advocacy, wisdom and clarity not only resulted in a favorable negotiated outcome for me and for my family, but gave me peace of mind and the courage to recover. I am very grateful to have met Ethan and his team and would refer anyone in need to this haven. — C.L., Guilford, CT

You will never meet a more knowledgeable and compassionate professional than Steve Fitzgerald. My employment situation was very complex, and Attorney Fitzgerald kept me focused while remaining extremely adept and “thinking on his feet.” Should the need present itself again, I would never seek anyone else’s counsel regarding employment issues. I cannot recommend him highly enough. — J.R., New Haven, CT

Nina Pirrotti provided outstanding legal advice and was trustworthy, dependable, and responsive. From the start, I was confident that her knowledge and experience would obtain favorable results. On a more personal note, I enjoyed working with her and her staff and felt I was included in every part of the process. The dedication, concern, and interest in me as a client was greatly appreciated, and Nina has earned my highest recommendation. — J.H., Monroe, CT

I recently found myself in need of a lawyer in handling a dispute with my former employer. I was fortunate to retain Josh Goodbaum as my legal counsel. His legal skills knowledge and professionalism shone through in every step of the process resulting in a very positive result. I highly recommend Josh if you find yourself in need of legal counsel. — S.R., Guilford, CT

When I go to a lawyer for advice, I am usually anxious, particularly the first meeting. Amanda DeMatteis was clear in describing my options and immediately set me at ease. Realistic assessment is important, and Amanda was clear as to how to set up the case and the direction she felt we should go. I had total confidence in her abilities and knew I was being well represented against a large corporation. More importantly, we were successful! —N.M., Haddam, CT

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