Prior Legal Experience
- Dallas County District Attorney’s Office – Federal Civil Section
- Looper, Reed, & McGraw P.C. (now Gray Reed)
- The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Journalism with concentration in Public Relations 1992
- University of Notre Dame School of Law, London Studies Abroad in Russian and Eastern European Economics, International Family Law, and International Criminal Tribunals, Summer 1994
- Baylor University School of Law, Juris Doctor with concentration in Civil Trial Law 1995
Licenses and Certifications
- Admitted to practice law in the courts of State of Texas 1995
- Admitted to practice in United States District Courts in the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit (pending admission to bar of Supreme Court of the United States)
- Mediator Training Completed in April 2009
- Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem Certifications in all probate courts in Texas
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Attorney Accreditation July 2015
Elizabeth is an adventurer, travel nut, yogi, educator, writer, and gourmand, who practices law.
She represents clients in numerous industries with various facets of their business, from determination of which entity structure to use, to vendor contracts and disputes, construction issues, employment and talent issues, and premises and liquor liability issues, to name a few. Her background and current practice is in litigation, where avoiding a courtroom is no longer an option. Her litigation expertise has allowed her the experience to assist her clients and their businesses to avoid problems and ultimately avoid lawsuits; when that is not possible, her experience in civil and commercial litigation, probate litigation and guardianships, Constitutional law, elder law, grandparents’ rights, contract disputes, employment law, DTPA, health care litigation, hospitality law, family law, higher education law, and wills, trusts and estate planning and administration supports litigation efforts to reach a favorable resolution in trial court.
Elizabeth has been a trial attorney since 1995 when she worked with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in the Federal Court Civil Section. Her interest in travel, food, and beverages lead her to form the hospitality law group in a previous law firm as an adjunct to her general litigation practice. Elizabeth became interested in probate, trust, and estate planning and litigation while working for a medium-sized law firm over a decade ago. She has expanded her practice to include customized wills, trusts, and other estate planning vehicles, as well as representing clients in legal disputes related to estate plans and other issues arising in probate court. Additionally, she is certified by the State Bar of Texas to represent clients in guardianship and mental health court matters. Elizabeth has been a trained mediator since April 2009, and offers mediation services for those hoping to resolve their disputes without a jury or court.
Elizabeth moved to Texas with her family as a young child. She always knew she wanted to go to law school, perhaps because her upbringing continually forced her to deal with issues involving equality, justice, and fairness. Her love of music led to her playing the cello beginning in sixth grade. While she doesn’t play professionaly, she still has great interest in playing. When Elizabeth made the decision to attend the University of Texas at Austin, she thought she would pursue studies in business or psychology. After taking a variety of classes in both disciplines, she decided that communications was more her style – despite having a lifelong fear of public speaking and writing – and received her degree in Journalism with a focus on Public Relations. At Baylor University School of Law, Elizabeth again focused her studies (and ultimately her career) on things that brought fear to her heart, and obtained a concentration in civil litigation for her Juris Doctor, which requires extensive research, writing, and public speaking.
Elizabeth’s love of travel lead her to become SCUBA certified, and she is now a certified rescue diver. She is also a trained keel boat sailor. She wanted to experience part of the two-thirds of the Earth’s surface that is covered in water. This love of travel, food, and drink also resulted in her using her journalism degree to write a legal blog on the hospitality industry, and to write travel, food, and drink reviews under a pseudonym. In 2014, Elizabeth took advantage of a great opportunity to combine her education in communications and law to teach a college class to Mass Communications students as an adjunct professor. She continues to teach Mass Communications/Media Law and Ethics at Texas Wesleyan University. This renewed focus on law specific to the communications and media industries has led to renewed interest in Constitutional Law and a focus on protecting clients’ rights in related fields, such as free speech, libel, privacy, and intellectual property (specifically copyright and trademark/tradename) matters.
Elizabeth ran a solo law practice for eight years, starting at the worst possible time for new businesses – during the economic downturn that reached a fever pitch in 2008. She was not looking to join a firm, but as often happens in her life, serendipity intervened, and she met some people from Grable Martin Fulton PLLC while at a continuing legal education seminar. Now she is a member and loves the idea of having such experienced and talented partners.