Elizabeth Hess has broad experience representing clients in government enforcement defense and internal investigations, and in a variety of litigation matters. She defends corporations and corporate executives in government investigations and other criminal and regulatory proceedings in connection with various allegations. She also leads internal investigations for a variety of clients and counsels clients on the adequacy of their internal controls and compliance policies and procedures.

Elizabeth has also acted as trial, appellate, and arbitration counsel in both individual and class action suits involving claims in various practice areas, including state and federal False Claims Act liability, complex commercial disputes, unfair and deceptive trade practices, consumer fraud, securities and shareholder class actions, and professional liability involving auditors/accountants, architects, engineers and contractors.



Named as one of “Chicago’s Notable Women in Law” by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2020.

Recognized as one of the Top 250 Women in U.S. Litigation in 2017–2020 by Benchmark Litigation.

Named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List” in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Named to The Legal 500 U.S. for Construction (including construction litigation) in 2016, 2019 and 2020, Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense in 2019, and Securities: Shareholder Litigation in 2014.

Named a “Rising Star” in 2016 and 2017 by Law360.

Named an "Illinois Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2004Illinois


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.2004

    Edwin Mandel Award

    Comment Editor, University of Chicago Legal Forum

    Clinical Program, MacArthur Justice Center

    Member, Edwin Mandel Legal Aid Clinic Student Board

  • University of ChicagoB.A., Political Science2001

    Graduated with Honors

    Phi Beta Kappa