K. Elise Norcini



Elise Norcini provides representation to a variety of corporate, institutional and tax-exempt clients regarding employee benefits and executive compensation issues. Elise is a contributor to the Spotlight on Benefits blog, a blog offering practical insight on legal developments which impact benefit plans.

Prior to joining the firm, Elise was in-house legal counsel at The Northern Trust Company and, in part, represented Northern in its role as a service provider to employee benefit plans. While in law school, Elise was a student extern for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA).

Personal Interests

Elise enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys, playing tennis and looks forward to her annual trip to New York City for the U.S. Open tennis tournament.


Bar Admissions



The John Marshall Law School
LL.M. in Employee Benefits, with honors (2012)

The John Marshall Law School
J.D. cum laude, Order of John Marshall, The John Marshall Law Review - Staff Editor (2011)

Wheaton College
B.A. cum laude (2005)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Firm Blog Contributions

  • Spotlight on Benefits – a blog offering practical insight on legal developments which impact benefit plans

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Elise regularly volunteers at the Pro Se Adult Guardianship Help Desk, administered by the Center for Disability and Elder Law, in conjunction with the Cook County Circuit Court and the Circuit Court Clerk. As a volunteer attorney, Elise assists individuals seeking to appear pro se in proceedings for adjudication of disability for an alleged disabled adult and appointment of a personal guardian. She provides information and assists pro se petitioners with the legal process and procedures, including filing the petition, calendar and judge and courtroom assignment, scheduling a hearing, issuance and service of summons, and service of notice.

Professional Associations

  • Worldwide Employee Benefits Network

Civic Activities

Elise is very involved with her church, regularly volunteering and investing in her faith community.


  • Best Lawyers® — "Ones to Watch," Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2022-24
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021-22
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, 2009
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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