- New York University School of Law (J.D. 2009)
Executive Editor, New York University Law Review
Robert McKay Scholar
Deborah Rachel Linfield Fellowship in Freedom of the Press
- Brown University (B.A., magna cum laude, 2003) Managing Editor, The College Hill Independent
- Media Law Resource Center, Next Generation Committee
- American Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association Honors & Distinctions
- Recognized as a Rising Star by New York Super Lawyers in Intellectual Property Litigation and Media & Advertising
Lizzie’s practice focuses on defamation, intellectual property, and freedom of information counseling and litigation. Prior to joining LSKS, Lizzie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Berle M. Schiller of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, where she worked on a variety of commercial and intellectual property litigation matters, including copyright, defamation, and insurance actions and counseling on false advertising issues.
Before beginning her legal career, Lizzie worked at The New Press, where she edited books on politics, policy, and culture.
Constand v. Cosby, 833 F.3d 405 (3d Cir. 2016). Lizzie and Gayle Sproul successfully represented the Associated Press in Bill Cosby’s appeal of a trial court decision releasing discovery motions under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(c) at the request of the AP. The documents had previously been kept under seal for more than eight years in a civil lawsuit in which the plaintiff alleged that Cosby had drugged and raped her. The Third Circuit held that the appeal was moot because the documents had already been released and subject to extensive publicity.
Williams v. The MLB Network, Inc. (N.J. Super. Ct. 2016). Lizzie was part of a team of LSKS attorneys that successfully defended Gawker Media, LLC in a defamation suit brought by former Major League Baseball pitcher Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams, arising from news reports published on Gawker’s Deadspin website about the plaintiff’s behavior at a youth baseball tournament. The court granted summary judgment to Gawker, holding that Williams could not demonstrate clear and convincing evidence of actual malice.
Grant Heilman Photography v. McGraw-Hill Education (E.D. Pa. 2014). Lizzie and her LSKS colleagues represented a textbook publisher in a bellwether trial on a selected set of copyright claims brought by a stock photography agency, during which the court denied the plaintiff’s claims for statutory damages on nearly a dozen stock photographs and the jury dramatically reduced the plaintiff’s request for profits on the remaining photographs. The jury’s damages award was further reduced by the court in a post-trial ruling. The test trial was part of a larger case involving more than 2,300 copyright infringement claims relating to hundreds of textbooks.
Marczewski v. Wave Publishing Co. (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2013). Lizzie and Seth Berlin successfully defended The Wave, a weekly newspaper serving the Rockaways community in Queens, against defamation claims arising from a report that the plaintiff had pled guilty to molesting a child at a local synagogue. The court dismissed the complaint in its entirety, ruling that the article was protected by New York’s absolute privilege for fair and true reports of official proceedings.
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Bar & Court Admissions
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
- U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey