Elizabeth Carter works for businesses to defend their contractual rights. While a litigator at heart, Elizabeth realizes the high costs of litigation may not always be the best option for clients. Elizabeth digs deep into every case she works on and works tirelessly to make the client’s goals a reality.

Commercial Disputes

Elizabeth frequently represents businesses in commercial disputes involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent misrepresentation, tortious interference and misappropriation of trade secrets. Elizabeth has represented clients from a wide range of industries including agribusiness, IT and cloud services, banking and finance, franchising, and telecommunications.

International Arbitration

Elizabeth has represented both foreign and domestic businesses in international arbitrations before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR).

Employment Litigation

Elizabeth represents employers in non-compete litigations, working to protect employers’ contractual provisions with both employees and independent contractors. Elizabeth also defends employers in claims of alleged independent contractor misclassification.

Foodborne Illness Defense

Elizabeth has defended grocery stores throughout the Midwest in litigations stemming from major foodborne illness outbreaks involving produce and ready-to-eat food items.

Commercial Property Tax Appeals

Elizabeth helps clients navigate negotiations with local assessors and Boards of Review, and when that is not successful, appeals their cases to the Iowa district courts and the Iowa Property Assessment Appeal Board (PAAB).


She has appellate experience before the Federal, Seventh and Eighth Circuits, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior Experience

Before joining the firm, Elizabeth practiced pharmaceutical patent litigation at an AmLaw 50 firm in Chicago.

Personal Interests

Elizabeth loves to garden, cook, read and spend time with her husband Jared, identical twin daughters Mary and Lily, son Charlie, and nearly identical twin 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 transgender females from Mexico and Afghani refugees in asylum proceedings
  • Represented clients in legal name change procedures
  • Represented 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-present); Wine, Food & Beer Showcase Silent Auction (Chair, 2017)
  • United Way of Central Iowa Book Buddy — Volunteer Reader, 2017-19

Firm Leadership

  • Women Forward — National Steering Committee Programming and Engagement Co-Chair, 2022-present
  • Des Moines Business Development and Marketing Committee, 2021-present
  • Faegre Drinker Women — National Steering Committee, 2020-22
  • Faegre Baker Daniels Women’s Forum for Achievement — National Leadership Counsel, 2018-19
  • Des Moines Office United Way Committee — Co-lead, 2018
  • Business Litigation Hiring Committee, 2017
  • Business Litigation Associate Training Committee, 2015-17


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-21
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016, 2019
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