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Practice Areas
Civil Rights Defense
Employment Litigation
J.D., The John Marshall Law School
B.B.A., University of Iowa
Bar & Court Admissions
U.S. District Courts of Illinois, Northern and Central Districts
U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Young Lawyers Association
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel 
Defense Research Institute 

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Elizabeth K. Barton

Liz defends public and private entities in civil rights, torts, and employment litigation. 

Liz handles complex litigation matters with a particular emphasis on defending local government entities and employees in actions related to civil rights under the U.S. Constitution and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, reverse convictions, police and prosecutorial misconduct, prisoner litigation, and employment issues, such as First Amendment retaliation, Title VII, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. A majority of her clients are police officers, but she also represents school districts, park districts, public works departments, and local government administrators.

Liz earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and her law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where she served as an editor on the Law Review and competed in several moot court competitions including an international arbitration moot in Vienna, Austria. 


Liz represents public and private sector clients in federal and state litigation at both the trial and appellate levels.  She is skilled in litigating complex cases from initial investigation to final disposition and has been successful in getting her clients dismissed on motions to dismiss and summary judgment, negotiated favorable settlements in federal court and private mediations, and has second-chaired jury trials.  

Liz also assists with the firm’s crisis response team to work with police departments and other entities when a crisis occurs. She trains departments to plan for events such as police involved shootings, in-custody deaths, or use of force incidents, and if a crisis occurs, she immediately begins working with the departments to formulate a responsive strategy.

Liz is also an active member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, for which she sits on the Board of Directors and has served as the chair and vice-chair of the organization’s Young Lawyers’ Division. 


Liz presented at the 2016 IAPD/IPRA Joint Conference on “The Rapidly Evolving Law of Employee Protected Activities” and the 2015 conference on “Protests & Marches in Parks: First Amendment Issues in the use of Public Parks & Property.”


  • In 2016, Liz authored a chapter for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Contract Law handbook entitled “Chapter 16: Assignment and Delegation.”
  • Liz’s article “To the Young Lawyer: Tips for Court Appearances” was published as a feature article in Volume 24 of the IDC Quarterly, which is a publication of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. She also writes the Young Lawyer Division column for the IDC Quarterly.