Elizabeth Ross Hadley

Elizabeth Ross Hadley

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Elizabeth Ross Hadley focuses her practice on both government law and policy and litigation matters.

Her government practice includes representing clients with legislative, regulatory, and administrative issues across all policy areas, with an emphasis on insurance regulation, economic development, technology, health care, education, the Texas Public Information Act, and campaign finance compliance in Texas. Elizabeth has an intimate understanding of legislative and government agency processes given her prior experience working within the U.S. Senate, the Texas State Senate, and the Texas Department of Agriculture. She utilizes this knowledge to provide exceptional service to clients in their interactions with Texas government, including advocating for clients before the Texas legislature and assisting clients with the rule-making process and advising on regulatory matters before state agencies, boards and commissions.

Her litigation practice includes the representation of pharmaceutical, consumer products, and medical device companies in national products liability and mass torts matters, as well as representation of insurance companies, financial institutions, health care providers, public and private corporations, and state governmental entities in various litigation-related matters. Elizabeth has wide-ranging trial experience in state and federal courts in both Texas and Mississippi, including first and second chair in jury and bench trials, motions practice, discovery, and mediation. Elizabeth has handled cases from start to finish working with legal teams across the country to achieve desirable results for clients whether they are individuals, small businesses or large corporations.

Elizabeth’s advocacy for clients both in the legislature as well as in the courts gives her a unique perspective into how laws affect businesses and allows her to advise clients from both a legal and legislative viewpoint. This enables Elizabeth to provide valuable insight to clients whether they are working through the legislative, regulatory or litigation process, and a strategic approach to the client’s needs that encompasses one or all of these strategies.

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Capabilities

Experience

  • Represents clients before the Texas State Legislature and Executive Branch.
  • Represents clients in regulatory matters before Texas state agencies, boards and commissions.
  • Represents health plans trade association in legislative and regulatory matters.
  • Represented international pharmaceutical company on matters before the Texas legislature as well as on litigation matters.
  • Represents national insurance companies on legislative and regulatory matters in Texas.
  • Represents life and health insurance companies on compliance issues in Texas.
  • Represents international software company on legislative and procurement-related matters in Texas.
  • Represent non-profit associations on pro bono matters before the Texas legislature.
  • Represented property and casualty insurance claims adjuster association on legislative and regulatory matters in Texas.
  • Represented national fast food chain in various disputes in Texas and Mississippi.
  • Represented regional bank in repossession of private aircraft.
  • Defends pharmaceutical companies in products liability claims and mass torts litigation.
  • Defends medical device companies in products liability claims and mass torts litigation.
  • Defends clients against Deceptive Trade Practices Act claims in Texas.
  • Defends public and private sector clients involved in Freedom of Information Act requests under the Texas Public Information Act.
  • 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

Professional

  • Council Member, State Bar of Texas Legislative and Campaign Law Section, 2015-Present
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Chair, Northern Region, Young Lawyers Association, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, 2007-2008
    • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, Mississippi Bar Association

Community

  • Member, The Junior League of Austin, Texas, 2010-Present
    • Chair, Junior League FIT ("Food in Tummies") Program, 2015-2016
  • Board Member, Dress for Success Austin, Board of Directors, 2013-Present
  • Vice-President, Mississippi Society of Washington D.C., 2001

Credentials

Education
  • 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
    • Scholarship Recipient as the Outstanding Student in Trial Practice awarded by the Mississippi Bar Association
  • B.A., Political Science, The University of Mississippi, 1996
    • Dean’s List
    • Chancellor’s Honor Roll
Admissions
  • 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 Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas