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.