Overview

Elizabeth (Liz) Christen defends automotive, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and technology clients in commercial and product liability disputes in state and federal courts. An experienced trial attorney, Liz has successfully first- and second-chaired trials for global manufacturers and preeminent medical institutions. She leverages her training from the University of Virginia’s Trial Advocacy College, as well as her master’s degree in persuasive communication, to devise efficient, business-driven resolution strategies for companies in all phases of litigation.  

Clients depend on Liz to serve as their lead counsel for high-stakes matters, including:

  • Global consumer product manufacturer defending supply chain, commercial and product liability disputes
  • National cosmetic manufacturer defending product liability / personal injury matter
  • Global engineering corporation defending premises liability matter
  • National flooring manufacturer and retailer defending mass tort class action

Clients also routinely turn to Liz to prepare and present their corporate representatives and medical experts for cross-examination. She has led and defended more than 200 party, fact and expert witness depositions. She capitalizes on her medical knowledge (including neurology, neuropsychology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation) to accurately evaluate and defend against inflated claims, which is essential for early resolution.

Representative Experience

  • First-chaired trial for leading flooring manufacturer, resulting in defense verdict.
  • First-chaired trial for Fortune 100 pharmaceutical manufacturer, resulting in dismissal.
  • Second-chaired multiple trials for nationally ranked hospitals and health care providers, resulting in defense verdicts.
  • Drafted all briefs and won summary judgment for automotive manufacturer based on “component part supplier” defense.
  • Led all depositions and obtained summary judgment for pharmaceutical manufacturer based on “learned intermediary” defense.
  • Drafted all briefs and prevailed on appeal in Illinois’ First District involving erroneous admission of records and nonexpert medical testimony.
  • Routinely negotiates cost-saving settlements and dismissals around the country for Fortune 100 manufacturing and technology company.

Outside of the courtroom, Liz is committed to mentoring junior attorneys. She volunteers her time to several pro bono initiatives, including Lawyers in the Classroom, a program aimed at developing critical thinking and oral advocacy skills in public school students. Liz also holds several firm leadership positions, such as serving on the Consumer, Automotive and Mechanical Products Leadership Committee and the Women's Committee.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois

Clerkships

Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division, Hon. Elizabeth Budzinski, 2012-2013

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law
J.D. (2012)

Miami University (Ohio)
M.A. summa cum laude (2009)

Miami University (Ohio)
B.A. cum laude (2006)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Ascend Justice
  • Lawyers in the Classroom

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

Firm Leadership

  • Consumer, Automotive & Mechanical Products Leadership Committee
  • Women’s Committee
  • Associates’ Committee, 2019-21
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