Elizabeth Carter is a commercial litigator and trial lawyer focused on the financial services industry. She represents banking and insurance clients in litigation involving contract disputes, consumer debt collection, securities, credit card financing and processing, and mergers and acquisitions. Elizabeth also represents clients in commercial property tax appeals.

Trial Experience

Elizabeth is a trial attorney who leverages her legal acumen to defend clients in the courtroom. She has been part of numerous multi-million dollar trials in federal and state court, as well as international arbitration.

Consumer Debt Collection

Elizabeth defends multiple international banking clients in consumer litigation involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

M&A Litigation

Elizabeth represents clients in litigation involving mergers and acquisitions. This includes obtaining injunctions to prevent the dissipation of funds prior to merger/going private transactions.


Elizabeth works closely with insurance clients on agent and customer disputes. In doing so, she has worked with insurance regulators in over 10 states regarding agent fraud and customer complaints. Elizabeth has also advised clients on insurance regulations across the United States.


When it’s in the client’s best interest, Elizabeth advises on alternative dispute resolution, particularly arbitration. She represents clients in front of JAMS and AAA. During cross-border disputes, Elizabeth guides clients through international arbitration through the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).

Commercial Property Tax Appeals

Elizabeth has represented clients in more than 50 commercial property tax appeals across the state of Iowa. Her representation includes petitions to local Boards of Review, and appeals to district courts and the Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board (PAAB).


Elizabeth advises clients on compliance with domestic and international cybersecurity regulations, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Elizabeth has appellate experience in front of the Federal, Seventh and Eighth Circuits, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation

Elizabeth has represented pharmaceutical clients in several multimillion-dollar Hatch-Waxman litigations, including four federal district court trials.

Previous Experience

Before joining the firm, Elizabeth practiced at Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago.

Personal Interests

Elizabeth loves to garden, cook, entertain, read and spend time with her husband, Jared, and two dogs, Daisy and Lucy.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa


University of Iowa College of Law
J.D. with distinction, Journal of Corporation Law (note and comment editor) (2010)

University of Iowa
B.A. in Political Science, with honors (2006)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Post Award Proceedings and Appeals
    Co-author, Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Guide, Roth, Wulff & Cooper, eds., West 2017 Supp.  
  • Drafting and Issuing Discovery Subpoenas: Iowa
    Co-author, Practical Law State Q&A, 2016
  • Responding to a Complaint: Iowa
    Co-author, Practical Law State Q&A, 2016
  • Litigation Overview: Iowa
    Co-author, Practical Law State Q&A, 2016

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Represents children from Central America in obtaining guardianship and federal Special Immigration Juvenile Status (SIJS)
  • Represents clients in legal name change procedures
  • Represents domestic violence victims in obtaining orders of protection
  • Represented state inmate in habeas corpus appeal before the Seventh Circuit

Civic Activities

  • Des Moines Metro Opera — Board of Directors, 2016-present; Wine, Food & Beer Showcase (Chair, 2018; 2019; 2020); Wine, Food & Beer Showcase Silent Auction (Chair, 2017)
  • United Way of Central Iowa Book Buddy — Volunteer Reader, 2017-present

Firm Leadership

  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Women's Forum for Achievement, Leadership Council, 2018-20; Business Litigation Group Meeting Committee, 2019-20; Business Litigation Associate Training Committee, 2015-17; Business Development and Marketing Business Litigation Task Force, 2016-17; Business Litigation Hiring Committee, 2017
  • Des Moines Office United Way Committee — Co-Lead, 2018


  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016, 2019
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