Lauren J. Elliot

Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Lauren J. Elliot

Lauren J. Elliot

Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Biography

Lauren J. Elliot is a litigation partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and a member of Gibson Dunn’s Product Liability, Class Actions, Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation and Life Sciences Practice Groups.

Ms. Elliot represents clients in a wide range of industries and has extensive experience litigating complex, multi-party and multi-jurisdictional, high profile mass torts, patent infringement and commercial cases in trial and appellate courts around the country. Throughout her career, she has advised and defended pharmaceutical and biotech companies in cases involving a broad spectrum of products such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, asbestos, benzene, contraceptives, lead pigment, medical devices, NSAIDs, pesticides, and vaccines. In its Expert Guides, Legal Media Group named Ms. Elliot to its Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law for Product Liability.

Ms. Elliot graduated from Brown University in 1989 with honors (International Relations) and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago Law School in 1993. She is a member of the Committee on Drugs and Medical Devices for the Defense Research Institute, and served two terms as a member of the Product Liability Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Ms. Elliot is admitted to practice in New York.

Representative Matters:

Mass Torts and Product Liability Litigation

Ms. Elliot served as national trial and appellate counsel to Wyeth (now Pfizer) in its defense of close to 400 product liability actions concerning neurological injuries (such as autism spectrum disorders) allegedly associated with the use of the preservative thimerosal in childhood vaccines. Ms. Elliot ran the day-to-day operation of the litigation, argued motions in courts around the country for Wyeth and presented and cross-examined expert witnesses in a two-week Frye hearing in which Wyeth successfully attacked plaintiffs’ causation theories and the qualifications of plaintiffs’ proffered expert witnesses. The court’s Frye ruling led to the dismissal of the claims of the approximately 300 plaintiffs in cases then-pending against vaccine manufacturers in Maryland. Outside the courtroom, Ms. Elliot was responsible for responding to the relentless and well-coordinated attacks by advocacy groups through the Internet and in the media.*

Wage and Hour Class Action Litigation

Ms. Elliot has directed all discovery and pretrial efforts for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC") in multiple, separate wage-and-hour class action lawsuits in California and New York. Commisso v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Index No. 650273/2013 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2013) (secured voluntary dismissal of case involving putative class of 3,800 unlicensed accountants in PwC’s Assurance line of service asserting misclassification claim under New York labor law). Campbell v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, No. 2:06-cv-02376-TLN-AC (E.D. Ca. 2006) (secured very favorable resolution of case shortly before commencement of trial involving class of close to 2000 unlicensed accountants in PwC’s Assurance line of service in California asserting misclassification claim under California labor law); Kress v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, No. 2:08-cv-00965-TLN-AC (E.D. Cal. 2008) (secured very favorable resolution of misclassification claims under Fair Labor Standards Act of nationwide classes of Associates in PwC’s Assurance, Tax and Advisory lines of service); Adamov. v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, No. 2:13-cv-01222-TLN-AC (E.D. Ca. 2013).

Commercial Litigation

Ms. Elliot was lead trial counsel in a three-week Bankruptcy Court trial in which she successfully defended her client against fraudulent conveyance and preference payment claims. She secured for her client his prior recovery (from a NY Surrogate’s Court proceeding litigated by Ms. Elliot) of a multi-million dollar advance he made in connection with a prospective joint venture. No appeal was taken from the judgment of the Bankruptcy Court, which found in favor of Ms. Elliot’s client on all issues.*

Ms. Elliot currently represents PwC against highly publicized fraud and breach of contract claims seeking hundreds of millions of dollars brought by the City of Los Angeles (acting by and through the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power) in connection with the implementation of LADWP’s new customer information system.

Intellectual Property, Licensing and Joint Venture Disputes

Ms. Elliot has litigated, tried and advised on patent infringement, trade secret and inventorship disputes for pharmaceutical, biotech and internet clients.

She has substantial experience representing and advising pharmaceutical companies in connection with disputes arising out of co-development, manufacturing and marketing agreements.

She has represented clothing distributors in licensing disputes in state court and arbitration and has successfully defeated attempts to restrain the conduct of her client’s business in the United States.*

Publications, Speech Engagements & Programs

* Lead author, "Food Litigation: The New Frontier," New York Law Journal (GC Edition, July 8, 2010)
* Lead author, "No Small Matter: Indemnifying Prescribing Physicians and the Issues that Must be Considered," DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar (May 2005)
* Guest Lecturer, Ethics: Discovery and Litigation, University of Chicago Law School (2008-2010)
* Speaker, "No Small Matter: Indemnifying Prescribing Physicians and the Issues that Must be Considered," DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar (May 2005)

* Representations occurred prior to attorney’s association with Gibson Dunn

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Education
Juris Doctor
Class of 1993

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with Honors
Class of 1989

Brown University is located in historic Providence, Rhode Island and was founded in 1764. It is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Engineering, and the School of Professional Studies.

Memberships
Member

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York is a voluntary association of lawyers and law students. The organization was founded in 1870 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

Career History
Partner
Current

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provides legal services. The firm provides services in areas such as labor, employment, entertainment & media law, toxic torts and other environmental matters. Its clients include commercial & investment banks, government entities, individuals and startups. The company was founded in 1890 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

Partner
Prior

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an international law firm founded in San Francisco, California. Orrick traces its roots back to 1863, making it the oldest continuously operating law firm in San Francisco. The firm is focused on serving companies in the technology, energy & infrastructure and financial sectors and practices in five core areas: Corporate, Energy & Infrastructure, Finance, Intellectual Property and Litigation.

Boards & Committees
Member of the Committee on Drugs & Medical Devices
Tenure Unconfirmed

DRI is the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Membership in DRI provides access to resources and tools for attorneys who strive to provide high-quality, balanced and excellent service to their clients and corporations. DRI is host to more than 25 substantive committees whose focus is to develop ongoing and critical dialogue about areas of practice. DRI provides access to resources and tools to grow your practice – members can search a database of more than 65,000 experts, attend renowned CLE seminars, conferences and webcasts, network with 22,000+ like-minded defense practitioners and more. DRI has served the defense bar for more than 50 years and focuses on five main goals: Education: To teach and educate and to improve the skills of the defense law practitioner Justice: To strive for improvement in the civil justice system Balance: To be a counterpoint to the plaintiff's bar and seek balance in the justice system in the minds of potential jurors and on all fields where disputes are resolved Economics: To assist members in dealing with the economic realities of the defense law practice, including the competitive legal marketplace Professionalism and Service: To urge members to practice ethically and responsibly, keeping in mind the lawyer's responsibilities that go beyond the interest of the client to the good of American society as a whole.

Political Donations
$250
2007

Former Senator from New York

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New York Bar
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