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Chicago, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Insurance
  • Governmental & Civil Rights Law


  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2008
  • University of Iowa, B.B.A. in Management & Organizations, 2005


  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Northern District of Illinois
    •  Central District of Illinois

Practice Description

Elizabeth K. Barton 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. Her clients include police officers, school districts, park districts, public works departments, local government administrators, small businesses, and corporations. Ms. Barton also represents clients in a variety of insurance coverage matters.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Board of Directors (2016-present)
    • Vice Chair, Local Government Law Committee (2016-present)
    • Chair, Young Lawyers’ Division (2015-2016)
    • Vice Chair, Young Lawyers’ Division (2014-2015)
  • Illinois Bar Association

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • Rising Star, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2016)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers (2017-2018)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • The John Marshall Law Review
    • Candidacy Editor
  • Moot Court
    • International arbitration moot competition in Vienna, Austria

Published Legal Writing

  • “Chapter 16: Assignments and Delegation,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Education’s Contract Law Handbook (2016).
  • “To the Young Lawyer: Tips for Court Appearances, “ IDC Quarterly Vol. 24, No. 2 (2014)
  • Regularly edits and writes for the IDC Local Government Law Committee, which contributes to the IDC Survey of Law Monograph.

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “30(b)(6) Depositions in Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation,” HB/CPCU Insurance Law and Coverage Seminar (Chicago IL, 2018)
  • “The Rapidly Evolving Law of Employee Protected Activities,” joint conference, Illinois Association of Park Districts/Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (2016)
  • “Protests & Marches in the Parks: First Amendment Issues in the use of Public Parks & Property,” joint conference, Illinois Association of Park Districts/Illinois Parks and Recreation Association (2015)