Elizabeth Ross Hadley

Elizabeth Ross Hadley


Elizabeth Ross Hadley focuses her practice on government law and policy and litigation matters. Her government law and policy practice focuses on legislative, regulatory and policy issues, including insurance regulation, economic development, technology, health care policy and campaign finance compliance. She has legislative and agency experience working in the U.S. Senate, the Texas State Senate and the Texas Department of Agriculture. Elizabeth’s litigation experience, includes representation of pharmaceutical and medical device companies, insurance companies, financial institutions, health care providers, public and private corporations, and state governmental entities. She has wide-ranging trial experience, including first and second chair in jury and bench trials, motions practice, discovery and mediation.

Elizabeth began her governmental affairs career in 1999, working on foreign policy matters for then Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott in the Republican Leader’s office in Washington D.C. She then practiced as a litigator for five years in a Mississippi-based law firm where she focused on governmental entity liability defense, premises liability defense and personal injury defense. Elizabeth then moved to Texas, where she served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Analyst for former Texas Senator Kip Averitt. In the Texas Senate, Elizabeth advised the senator on a wide variety of matters, including all insurance issues, handling all legislation in the Senate Business and Commerce and State Affairs Committees, as well as portions of the state budget bill during the 81st legislative session.

Prior to joining the firm, Elizabeth served as Assistant Commissioner for Marketing at the Texas Department of Agriculture, managing the world-renowned GO TEXAN program.

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  • Represents clients in regulatory matters before Texas state agencies.
  • Represent clients before the Texas State Legislature and Executive Branch.
  • Represented national fast food chain in various disputes in Texas and Mississippi.
  • Represented regional bank in repossession of private aircraft.
  • Defended pharmaceutical company in products liability claims.
  • Defended medical device company in products liability claims.
  • Defended client against Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims.
  • Represented employers against National Labor Relations Act claims by former employees.
  • Defended corporate clients involved in Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Assistant Commissioner for Marketing, Texas Department of Agriculture, Hon. Todd Staples, Commissioner
  • General Counsel and Policy Analyst, Hon. Kip Averitt, Texas State Senator, District 22 Chairman, Senate Committee on Natural Resources
  • Assistant Foreign Policy Advisor, Republican Leader’s Office, U.S. Senator Trent Lott
  • Intern, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, June 1995-August 1995
  • Intern, Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London, England, January 1995-May 1995

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year,” 2018
  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America® "Top Listed – Government Relations," 2018 
  • Team Member, BTI Power Rankings, “The 16 Strongest Firms for ‘Go-To Outside Counsel’ Insurance Work,” 2016
  • Finalist, Austin Under 40 Award (Governmental Affairs), 2015
  • Finalist, Austin Under 40 Award (Legal), 2014
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Government Relations Law Firm of the Year," 2014
    • Ranked, Tier 1 – Government Relations, Austin Metropolitan Area
  • Member, The Junior League of Austin, Texas, 2010-Present
    • Chair, Junior League FIT ("Food in Tummies") Program, 2015-2016
  • Council Member, State Bar of Texas Legislative and Campaign Law Section, 2015
  • Board Member, Dress for Success Austin, Board of Directors, 2013-Present
    • Chair, DFSA Advisory Council
  • Chair, Northern Region, Young Lawyers Association, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, 2007-2008
  • Member, The Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi, 2002-2003
  • Member, The Junior League of Washington, D.C., 2001
  • Vice-President, Mississippi Society of Washington D.C., 2001
  • Board Member and Event Chairperson, Mississippi Society of Washington D.C., 1999-2001
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, Mississippi Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas


  • J.D., The University of Mississippi School of Law, 1999
    • First Place, Moot Court Trial Competition
    • Member, National Trial Competition Team
    • Legal Research Assistant, Professor of Corporate Law
  • B.A., Political Science, The University of Mississippi, 1996
  • Texas
  • Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas