Elizabeth Camille Christen

Associate

Overview

Elizabeth (“Liz”) Christen defends automotive, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, service and technology industry 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, strategic and business-driven resolution strategies for companies in all phases of litigation.

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

  • National cosmetic manufacturer defending personal injury claim
  • National flooring manufacturer and retailer defending mass tort class action
  • Global engineering corporation defending premises liability matter

Representative Experience

  • Successfully first-chaired trial for defendant Fortune 100 pharmaceutical manufacturer, resulting in directed verdict.
  • Successfully first-chaired trial for leading flooring manufacturer, resulting in a defense verdict.
  • Won dismissal with prejudice for automobile seat manufacturer based on lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • 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 negotiated cost-saving settlements and dismissals around the country for Fortune 100 product manufacturing and service company.

Outside of the courtroom, Liz is committed to mentoring fellow women and first-generation 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, including serving on the Consumer, Automotive and Mechanical Products Leadership Committee, as well as the Women's Committee and Associates' 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)

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

  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Associates Committee, 2019-20
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