Elizabeth Hess has broad experience representing clients in government enforcement defense, internal investigations, and in a variety of litigation matters. She regularly delivers favorable results in complex, bet-the-company investigations and litigation for a variety of clients. 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 and counsels clients on compliance programs, policies, and procedures.

In addition to her extensive experience representing clients in internal investigations and government enforcement matters, Elizabeth represents clients in related civil litigation, including False Claims Act cases, in federal and state courts throughout the country. She has also acted as trial, appellate, and arbitration counsel in dozens of other individual and class action lawsuits involving various types of claims, including complex commercial disputes, unfair and deceptive trade practices, consumer fraud, securities and shareholder class actions, and professional liability involving auditors and accountants, architects, engineers, and contractors.

Elizabeth has been recognized as a “go-to attorney” for clients facing government enforcement actions, civil investigative demands, subpoenas, and other types of investigations by Law360. She was recently named one of “Chicago’s Notable Women in Law” by Crain’s Chicago Business and has been recognized as one of the “Top 250 Women in US Litigation” for the past seven years by Benchmark Litigation. She has also been recognized as a “Rising Star” multiple times by Law360 and Super Lawyers, and named to Benchmark Litigation’s “40 & Under Hot List.”



Recognized as one of the Top 250 Women in U.S. Litigation in 2017–2024 by Benchmark Litigation.

Named as a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation in 2019–2023. 

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

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 2010–2012.


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2004Illinois


  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.2004
  • University of ChicagoB.A., Political Sciencewith Honors2001

    Phi Beta Kappa