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Elizabeth Cate is a litigator who has successfully represented institutional and individual clients in complex commercial litigation, regulatory investigations, and criminal proceedings. She has extensive experience litigating cases in federal and state courts from trials through appeals, including experience as first-chair trial counsel. She has advised clients in a variety of industries, including religious institutions and not-for-profit corporations, facing complex legal issues in the fields of commercial law, antitrust and consumer protection law, white-collar criminal defense, and real estate.
Elizabeth has an active pro bono practice focused on representing indigent defendants in criminal proceedings in state and federal court.
Elizabeth earned her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, where she graduated with honors.
Awards and Recognition
- The Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Award (2009)
- New York State Bar Association, Empire State Counsel (2016)
- CBMS Attorney Secures Plea Deal that Removes Pro Bono Client from Tennessee’s Death Row After 18 Years (Summer 2019)
- “Winston & Strawn Pro Bono Attorneys Secure Plea Agreement for Tennessee Death Row Prisoner Andrew Thomas” American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, (Summer 2019)
- “Boundary of Information Exchanges: Information Exchanges Under U.S. Law,” ABA International Cartel Workshop, Tokyo, Japan, February 2016 (with A. Paul Victor)
- “DOJ’s Bazaarvoice Complaint Highlights Risk to All Transactions Despite HSR Reporting Thresholds,” 104 Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report 217 (Bloomberg BNA), February 15, 2013 (with Richard Falek & Brandon Duke)
- “Teach Your Children Well: Proposed Challenges to Inadequacies of Correctional Special Education for Juvenile Inmates“ 34 NYU Review of Law and Social Change 1, 1-54 (Spring 2010)
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