Overview

Elizabeth Wurm represents clients throughout all stages of complex product liability litigation and trial law. Focusing her practice on consumer, automotive and mechanical products as well as medical devices, she is deeply skilled in persuasive writing and effective motion practice, coupled with comprehensive and detailed legal research and coordination of fact and expert discovery. She also regularly handles toxic tort matters and commercial litigation.

Elizabeth embraces big-picture thinking, with a constant eye toward how individual case strategy fits into a client’s broader litigation profile and business strategy. She can handle cases from both ends: defending products against allegedly injured plaintiffs, and litigating indemnity or contractual disputes related to those products. Elizabeth often blends commercial matters with consumer product litigation in contract disputes, property damages and complex indemnity issues.

Analyzing and untangling multifaceted legal issues, she applies methodical reasoning and makes creative arguments to vigorously advocate for favorable client outcomes. Examples include international service of process under the Hague Convention, jurisdiction over foreign defendants, third-party contractual indemnity and spoliation defenses.

Personal Interests

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys camping, traveling, Big 10 college sports, crossword puzzles and any type of board game. She also loves spending quality time with her growing family, particularly her five nieces and nephews.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Languages

Spanish

Education

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
J.D. cum laude, Northwestern University Law Review (notes editor) (2019)

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
B.A. in Global Studies, Political Science, and Spanish Studies, summa cum laude, with high distinction (2015)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Legal Aid Chicago — Ambassadors Board Member
  • Legal Aid Chicago Expungement Clinic
  • ACLU of Illinois

Professional Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

Civic Activities

  • Katten Legal Clinic at Jose de Diego Community Academy — Assisted with client interviews, referrals, post-clinic summary reports and served as a translator for Spanish-speaking clients, 2016–18 
  • Moot court judge for Chicago Bar Association's moot court competition, 2020

Honors

  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law — Dean’s List, 2017–19
  • University of Minnesota — Phi Beta Kappa, 2015
  • University of Minnesota — National Merit Scholar, 2015
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