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Elizabeth M.C. Scheibel



Liz Scheibel thrives on opportunities to present her clients’ positions in court, whether to a judge or jury. Focused on patent litigation in federal district courts, Liz has broad experience across intellectual property-related claims of all kinds (patent, trademark and trade dress, copyright, and trade secret), as well as in contract disputes (intellectual property-related and otherwise), business tort claims, and Tucker Act suits against the federal government. Liz is experienced in practicing in federal district courts around the country and has practiced in state courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and federal appellate courts.

Patent Litigation

As a skilled patent litigator, Liz loves to combine legal research, writing and court rules in creating effective strategies that put her clients in the best position to get their definition of a win.

Her patent litigation experience ranges from consumer products to medical devices to software. Liz has especially deep experience with early-stage motions, including evaluation and client counseling, briefing, and oral argument strategy.

Other Intellectual Property Litigation

Having worked on issues and claims across the intellectual-property universe, Liz understands how varied claims, defenses and client goals fit together to set the stage for the best outcome for her clients. She has worked on trademark and trade dress, copyright, and trade secret cases involving medical devices, insurance services and artificial intelligence.

Prior Experience

Liz rejoined Faegre Drinker after clerking for District Judge Eric C. Tostrud and Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Cowan Wright of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. During her clerkships, Liz gained valuable insight into judicial decision-making, effective lawyering and each step of district court litigation.

During law school, Liz served as editor-in-chief of the Mitchell Hamline Law Review. She was also an extern to Magistrate Judge Becky Thorson in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and to Judge Carol Hooten in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 

Before law school, Liz was a law librarian for a large Minneapolis law firm, serving the research and information needs of attorneys and staff across three locations and litigation and transactional practice groups. She also worked at Hennepin County Library, Minnesota State Law Library and the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.

Personal Interests

Liz loves being outside, and her favorite outside activities are canoeing Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, playing several sports at a mediocre level, and walking her husky along Minnehaha Creek and Lake Nokomis. She is also passionate about enjoying a good meal with good drinks, which is best prepared by someone other than her, and watching World Cup soccer.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Hon. Eric C. Tostrud, 2021-2022
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Hon. Elizabeth Cowan Wright, 2020-2021


Mitchell Hamline School of Law
J.D. summa cum laude, Mitchell Hamline Law Review (editor-in-chief) (2017)

St. Catherine University
M.L.I.S. (2011)

Macalester College
B.A. in English, cum laude (2005)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Represents Afghan refugees seeking asylum.
  • Represented a nonprofit organization that provides services to low-income and other vulnerable people in a contract dispute with a software vendor.

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
    • Treasurer, 2023-25
    • Bar Talk Newsletter Co-Chair, 2021-23
    • Newer Lawyers Committee Co-Chair, 2020-22
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Open Arms of Minnesota — Kitchen Volunteer, 2010-present


  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018-19
  • CALI Awards in Civil Procedure, Property, Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Feminist Jurisprudence and Administrative Law
  • Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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