Elizabeth L. Lyons joined Andrus Anderson as an associate attorney after graduating from University of San Francisco School of Law in May 2019, cum laude. She was the recipient of USF’s Provost Scholarship, a full-time scholarship, and attended the law school’s evening program. She is currently awaiting her admission to the California bar.
Ms. Lyons holds a longstanding commitment to social justice and advocating on behalf of workers. In 2010, she began working as an Investigator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she investigated charges brought by employees who faced discrimination and harassment in the workplace. She worked closely with the EEOC trial attorneys and successfully negotiated on behalf of numerous aggrieved employees to obtain significant monetary relief and workplace policy changes.
While at the EEOC, Ms. Lyons discovered her interest in cases involving systemic discrimination and impact litigation. Through her investigative work, she saw firsthand how employment policies and workplace practices can operate at a systemic level to perpetuate racial inequality and gender-based disparities. She believes that class action litigation is a critical tool to combat endemic discrimination.
While working for the EEOC, Ms. Lyons attended law school classes in the evening and focused her studies on labor and employment law. She excelled and, in addition to earning a Labor and Employment Law Certificate, she was also the recipient of the ABA-Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law and the CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Research, Writing & Analysis II. She served as President of the Labor and Employment Law Student Association for two years and worked closely with students, faculty, and alumni to promote scholarship and work opportunities in the field. She was also a member of the USF Law Review and the California Employment Lawyers Association where she held a law student liaison position on the Barristers Committee.
Ms. Lyons grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her undergraduate degrees in both Economics and International Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle and received Dean’s List honors.
She is a member of The Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and California Employment Lawyers Association.